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EXIT, THE SWANS. I ■ THE RANGERS TOO GOOD. CRYSTAL PALACE NOT JUST YET I One Goal Down. SWANS ENGLISH CUP RECORD. Sept. 27th, preliminary round at Swan- sea.Sivans, 4 goals; Port Talbot, 0. October 11th, 1st qualifying round, Et Swansea.—Swans, 8 goals Caerleon, 2. November 1st, 2nd qualifying round, at Swansea. Swans, 1 goal; Mid-Khondda, November 15th, 3rd qualifying round, at ,S,wa,nsea.Swanis, 4 goals Aberdare, 0. November 29th, 4th qualifying round, at Swansea.—Swans, 2 goals; Cardiff City, 0. December 13th, 5th qualifying rou;i„. 6wan«ea.-—Swans, 3 goals Willington, 0. Jan. 10th, 1st round proper, at Swansea. Swans, 2 goals; Merthyr, 0. Goals for-24; goals against, 2. (By 11 Ajax.") I it is no exaggeration to say that, the interest of every Soccer enthusiast in the Principality was centred on the big match at Swansea. Ih the past Welsh teams had struggled unavailingly to emerge from the qualifying rounds, and until the Swans com- menced their victorious career Wales had never been represented in the first round proper of the premier cup competition. Car- diff and Merthyr tried for several .season3 to rank with the sixty-four best teams, and it- was left to a Swansea side. to bring hon- our to the Principality s name. The Swans in reaching the second round had to their Welsh rivals out of their path-it was unfortunate that they had to clafh--aild to- day they were the hope of Wales. We have come to associate success with Swan- sea's name. Everything taken up by our townsfolk seems to prosper and the Associa- tion team is winning tl-,e universal fame that the Rugby team attained in years gone by. The Swans to-day were within the ohairmed circle. Through the all powerful medium of footbaJl the naire of Swansea has been brought to the notice of millions of news- paper readers, because the town's football team was one of thirty-two surviving after the first round encounters. The Press- clearly indicates the calibre of a team. Last season the Swans were an insignificant second di- vision team and they could hardly command I a small paragraph in the great journals of the oountrv. To-day there was SCARCELY A DAILY NEWSPAPER j .t '1 '1.' I Ul any importance tnat cua not nave some mention of them. Although the Rangers are in the same division as Cardiff City and Merthyr every- one recognised that the SWallb had a far bigger task Oil to-day tlian in the other pounds. They were confident in their abil- Ity to bbat Cardiff because they had done 80 before, but the London team looked far Hore formidable. They won much respect at Swansea by disposing of the ex-Firet Lea- jjuerg at Bristol, and that fact seemed to in- dicate to all but local supporters that the iHangers would wan to-day. Abertaweites, bowever, would not hear of defeat before the match. They pinned their faith in the "Swans because of their decisive victories OVer Cardiff City and Merthyr. The Han- M% were strangers to Swansea, but niot to South Wales. They were well beaten at Cardiff this season, and of course Swansea Socoerites said that what Cardiff could do Swansea could do also. However, I am fcfraid that that particular result was no cri- terion, because to-day's match was a cup I ftcounter, which made all the difference in the world. Swansea supporters, too, pointed the fact that Merthyr had even succeeded in beating the Londoners at Park Royal, al- though. the Welshmen, in their turn, wax* Cheated at Penydarion Park. The general opinion before the match was that IF THE SWANS COULD REPRODUCE l THE FORM they showed against Cardiff City and Mer- thyr they would just manage to win. The ground advantage, it was thought, would decide the matter in favour of the homesters. The changes in the home team, however, created an element of doubt. It waa feared that the changes in the side, which the direc- tors deemed necessary in viiew of recent cfuctaitian iin form would affect tihe oamibdn- otdon, but that remained to be seen. Nicho- las' absence was to be regretted because his presence in the team always makes a great difference in the play. Allman 'and Suth- erland had a great responsibility on their whoulders to-day, but everything depended Gpon the forwards. There has been a con.' siderable controversy waged ever since the beginning of the season respecting the merits of Mayo and Meeser, and the recent poor form of the latter led to the former regaining his place in the side. The directors too ohanged the inside men, substituting Mit- chell for Anderson. Time alone could de- cide whether all these changes added to the I efficiency of the attack. One thing was cer- tain, and that was that the Swans would or,toer the arena filled with grim determina- tioxi too win, and with the moral support I that only enthusiastic Welsh crowds can give. The team, were follows:- l SWANSEA TOWN. I J QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS. I | Referee—Mr. W. E. Russell (Swindon). Uneemien-Mosem. A. E. Bullock (Swin- 6aril and 0. Neale (Bristol). A& evidence of the interest created in South Wales, there were no fewer than eight Wfgft excursions—each well filled—to Swan- taea. from all parts. The ordinary services, too, were fully taken advantage of, and be- fore noon a. large number of people had I Enured into the town. The excursion from ondon brought down a big band of Rang- ers' supporters and hawkers of green and (white rosettes-the visitors' colours—did a roaring trade. The other excursions were from Newport, Neyland, Cardiff, Aberdare, Merthyr, Carmarthen, Llanelly, Port Tal- ibot, Aberystwyth, and Liandrindod, and each was crowded. The ground, though somewhat heavy, was In splendid condition, and there was no te'ater upon the surface. The weather was hardly ideal, because, in addition to the glooiny 'threatening clouds overhead, there was half a gale of wind "Wowing, and this rwa,<; certain to prove a tremendous advantage toO the side having its assistance during the first half. Indeed, in so important a game, lwb-.i a lead at the interval generally decides the matter, the winning of the toss is &n all-important matter, and the Swan- sea enthusiasts were all fervently Jiopmg that- Duffy, the vice-captain, wiOo 100 the side, would have the luck when tlh" coin was spun. The .Jeremiiahs who iwere howling during the week thia/t the Shilling chaise would ruin the gale, sbowld batve stood near Dillwyn-street. aai hour be- fore the kick-off. Huge otuwids pofuired down the approaches to the entrance to the Vetch Field from aU directions. The white rosette was everywhere in evidence, aonia enthusiasts having large favotiire wdtih long I efreamere attached. There was a good Eprinldinff too, of Green and White. and SOMh UF THE P. NO rlRS' I more demonstrative supporters were attired in fan try costmne-, over five hundred ex- ouraionastis having travelled with their pete," one of the stipporters being oorn- pleit'ely dressed in a preen and white garb. 'Mr. Sam William?, the Sw ans' secretary, received tihe following cable hefsne the match from Bombay: Put the tin Jicut on Rangers, Bombay Welshman." At 2.30 tlhce wiere quite six thousand on the ground, k including the stands Considerable amuse- ment was created by the antics of three grotesquely aittired visitore on the cheap side. WHEN THE BAND PLAYED "DIXIE" I they turkey-trottod to the delight of those in their immediate vicinity. The Swansea sootion was nclt quiet either, and Give it to Bailie" was rendered in chant-like form Whan tiie band stopped for breathing time. The crowd abijj pouMd in rapidlv, and 16 minutes befQre tr oamm?noamenft the at- tendance HAD SWOLLEN TO TEN THOUSAND I Kobert it,. Lee had a warm welcome trom the audience, and five minutes before time the tea mi fielded, receiving an enthusiastic greeting from fifteen thousamd rpectators. The visitors looked a trifle burlier than the Swans, man for man. There was something Like a murmur of despair when DUFFY LOST THE TOSS I and the Swans had to face the breeze. Weir started to ths accompaniment of loud cheers, wd Mitchell, receiving, passed right out to Mayo, the ball rolling to touch. Following i beautifully placed clearance by Suther- land, Weir followed up auid robbed Pullen, md Greer, receiving, centred, Higgins just clearing. However, the Swans ware not to be checked, and succeeding a free kick the ball travelled to Greer, WHO SCORED THE FIRST GOAL I with a magnificent cross shot. The score came two minutes after the start, and the crowd were well-nigh frantic with delight. The Rangers then took up the attack, and aided by the strong breeze they got up close rapidly. Mitchell, their centre half, passed wide out to Fortune, who shot, the ball dropping over the goal line. Ex- citing mid-fielcl play followed, in which Mit- chell, Bassett, and Duffy shone, and at length a "free" to the Rangers gave them a chance. Fortune, however, centred poorly, and Allman cleared with a huge punt. There was a rare DUEL BETWEEN THE HOME I FORWARDS ,,nd the visiting halves, and in this respect Mitchell loomed largely with some superb headwork. The wind was, however, spoil- ing the accuracy of the passing, and conse- quently several promising movements went v. Yong. The Rangers were, however, making the best use of their oppor- tunities, and after the Swansea backs were displaced, Birch, the inside right. was able TO EQUALISE FOR THEM with a gmand first-time effort when Storey was unsighted. Before Birch had nietted another snot by Thompson had been ohaoy^ed down. The Ranters were improving, and, after the Swans had *■> ;eiv negotiated o. corner, t.he visitors nearly drew aihead with a beautiful shot from Gregory. With rain beginning to fall and the huge wind against them, the homesters WEre really hard pressed. A foul against Ball saw Gregory again m poisession close up, but he made a weak shot which was oaNnv cleajred by I Storey. Another doubtful "-free" against Rail for a perfectly degitimate change led up to another critical period in which three shotis weire charged down ajid Fortune giettiijur offside the Swans cleared. Plav was etiil in the home quaiters and Bassett and Cub- berley made valiant effgrt,, tc keep the Ran- gers at bay. The game was by no means pretty to watch and so far the Swans out- side men had been badly starved. The visitors were taking the FULLEST ADVANTAGE OF THE It BREEZE. I and the Swans had to dribble the ball all the way when they strove to get on the aggressive. Thompson and Birch were the visitors' most dangerous forwards, and once they dribbled prettily past Allman and Cubberley. Sutherland was using the off- side rule skilfully in holding the Rangers in check, And at length Wair broke away, but Pullen robbed Mitchell and cleared. BASSETT WAS BADLY WINDKI) I in coUi.5Ïon and had to receive tb" atten- I tion of Bob Crone, the Swans' i traaner. thia being .the first mi500p. After a few minutes stoppage he re- I sumed, and the Rangers again attacked, Ball pulling Birch up in great style. There Were now Quite EIGHTEEN THOUSAND PRESENT, I and Storey, in listing out, won great ap- plause. Hands against Bassett made matters warm for the home defenders, and Mayo had to run back to save, but they were not finally repelled, and Gre- gory receiving, fully tested Storey with a lightning shot, and Birch failed the next moment to beat the home custodian with an equally good first-time shot. The referee came in for some barracking when he pulled up the home forwards after Mayo had put them well away with a lovely centre. The Swans, however, woke up, and in a thrilling raid Mayo made a brilliant run, which had the de- fence at sixes and sevens. He centred, a,nd Higgins was very fortunate in head- ing clear. The Rangers were, however, having the advantage territorially and play continued to be strenuous, desperate and exciting, without being Eoientific. Allman and Sutherland cleared nicely on times, but there was always a great amount of uncertainty about everything attempted. Both Fides- miskicked badly and sometimes there were bad fouls. Mitchell, the Swawea inside nght, was onoe unceremoniously charged in the back, but no relief came from the free: kick, and when Sutherland had two of his kiojes charged down things looked black for the homesters. Up to now it had been mostly desperate defence for the Swans, the Rangers being only troubled by occasional raids. The visitors' tactics were question- able on several occasions, AUman and Bas- I sett being victim* of illegal charging and tripping. A great invasion by the home- sters came very near the mark, the goalie saving from Mitchell's head. Yet another r foul against Queen's Park brought relief to the Swans when they were hard pressed. The passing of the Swans was poor and seve- ral chances were lost through weak passing. This was a department in which the visitors I. excelled, particularly their right wing. Half- time came with play in the Rangers' quar- ters. HALF-TIME SCORE SWANSEA TOWN—1 goal. QUEEN'S PARK RANGElfS 1 goal. The Rangers had to face the wind and rain in the snd half and kicking off the Swans, headed by Weir and Ball, made a splendid breakaway, only to be pulled up for offside. Fortune then robbed Duffy and Greer neatly, and dribbling down looked like getting in a sooring position, but Sutherland was all there and repulsed the attack. Mitchell, by 1 clever headwork. then got away, with I Mayo in attendance, but the ball rolled l over the goal line. Ball tried unsuccess- fully to centre the leather as it rolled dead and failed, and then the Rangers I again had to pay the penalty of employ- ing QUESTIONABLE TACTICS AGAINST I MAYO. The Swans were attacking might and main, and in a most exciting moleoe i-n the goal area Pullen just kieked clear from ) a bunch of Swansea men. The play was positively thrilliu?, and when the visitors got do?n, as the result of mis-kicks, Storey had to come out to save, and was injured in the process. It was a few minutes before Tie could re- srunre, a.nd then he distinguished himself for a particularly fine save, from Fortune. Cub- berlv did well in bringing down Thompson. and then Weir hail a oleiar course, but he failed to control the leather, and the Ran- gers again cleared. The Swans were now doing the hulk of the pressing, but the visi- tors were always dangerous, and ther pro- fited very often by the poor placing of the homesters. Weir once ag-ain got clear away, and when he had an open goal he was puJled up for offside. IT WAS A VERT NARROW RQTJEAF. Back came trie rpen in green and white, and once again Storey brought off a great save from Thompson when eJl seerae-d lost. With the Rangers dangerously placed, a centre from Fortune was accepted by Birch. but he chct wide. The crowd were j clamouring for the Swams to buck up," and Ball, responding very nioely, nearly did the triok with a lovely shot, which went only inches wide. Strenuous, but very ragged was the play, the touch-line being used far too often as a roeans of de- fence for the game to be interesting. The one baek game was very often I resortro tc, and the Swans were the greatest sufferers* G-r-eer being pulled up when a grand chance was presented. Cubberley once only missed the m?rk witb ? fine Dot Nho?, acd *A Sutherland made a wonderful clearance by oatching the ball between his knees. Dur- ing a loose movement on the part of the Swans backs, Gregory brought Storey to his knees with a stinging shot and the ball rolling to Birch the latter PUT HIS SlDii; A±tiiAX» I by driving into an open net. 'he cwana made desperate efforts to get on level terms, but possessing the lead the Rangers were now playing fifty per oent. better football and their forwards were playing very skil- fully. Barely ten minutes now remained before the end, and the Swans inevitably began to become flutried. In their .^nxicty to win they were failing to keep their plaoes, while the Rangers kept cool, and played in a Asteir- mined fashion. Qubberly, in breaking through, was fouled, but the free-kick had no tangible result. Ball got away well on one occasion, but was unable to penetrate th" defence, which was proving exceedingly good. The ball was being turned into touch on very possible occasion, and the visitors were killing time. Fortune, the Rangers' outside left, got away well, but Allman saved nicely. SUTHERLAND WAS WEAK AJ RIGHT BACK. ..L L- l A huge punt by huggins sent play oacK to the Swansea goal, and the homesters were penalised just, outside the area. Nothing, however, resulted. The Swans were now a beaten side. In the closing stages give and t.ake play followed, and it became difficult to distinguish the players as the light was bad. -? FINAL SCORE QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS—3 goals. SWANSEA TOWN—1 goal. —————

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