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I Football. r" I THE WELSH CHALLENGE CUP. I FINAL TIE. I DRUIDS v. WREXHAM. xnis niatcn was played on Saturday, on the Race. course, in the presence of about 2000 spectators. This being the first tirre for these clubs to meet in the final tie since the struggle between them in 1878, on Acton Park, when the Wrexham won by one goal to nil—Wrexham being the first team to have possession of the Welsh trophy—more than ordinary interest was taken in the present contest. The Druids, who were the favorites on Saturday, were expected to have an easy victory, as they had so distinguished themselves in the early part of the season, and odds were given in their favor against Wrexham. The Wrexham club, however, were not disheartened by the rumour that the result of the game was a fore- gone conclusion, and very naturally determined to give the Druids plenty of work to do. The kick-off was announced to have been at 3.30, but owing to the non-arrival of some of the Druids the game did not commence until four o'clock, when both teams put in an appearance, each club being well cheered by their different supporters. wrexham having won the toss, Ketley set the ball rolling for the Druids against the wind. The leather was at once taken into the Wrexham q-iarters, but H. Edwards returned the ball to mid-field, when it was run down the left wing, but when near the goal J. Jones made an erratic shot which went wide of the posts and passed behind the lines. Jones and Davies on the Wrexham left wing got possession of the leather and made a neat run, but the leather soon went out and the Druids got a throw in. M. Davies in the centre did a neat run, being well backed up, but J. Powell spoiled their efforts by returning the leather to neutral ground. The ball was soon after- wards placed in the mouth of the Wrexham goal, but H. Edwards by a well-directed kick prevented dis- aster. A splendid run was now made by the Wrex- ham left wing into the Druids territory and they looked dangerous, having passed J. Powell, but Bowen was on the alert and kicked the ball away. Lloyd was next busy on the right wing, making a pretty run, but the ball was subsequently kicked out. Hands were next claimed by the Druids, for which they obtained a free kick, but the Wrexham forwards got possession of the leather and carried it into the Druids' quarters, when it was sent away by A. Poweli. in tine style. On the left wing A. Jones made a neat run and finished by making a splendid shot at the Wrexham goal, which Trainer saved by using his hands. For a short time the leather was kept in the Wrexham quarters, and their citadel looked like falling, but owing principally to the fine back plav of H. Edwards, who kicked and headed the leather away in splendid style, the efforts of the attacking party were frustrated, and the Wrexham forwards, making a combined rush, carried the leather into the Druids' ground, where they secured a kick for hands, and Roberts, from the right wing, kicked a goal for Wrex- ham at 4.25, the ball glancing off Powell's shoulders through the uprights amidst the greatest excitement. The Druids now strove hard to equalise matters, and at once ran the ball to the Wrexham goal, where it remained for some time. The Wrexham centre after- wards got possession of the leather, and ran it to the opposite end of the field, where it was kicked away by Adams. Lloyd and Doughty were now active on the right wing, but the former made a shot which went wide of the sticks, afterwards resulting m a throw in for Wrexham, which was taken by H. Edwards, but nothing came of it, and the ball was eventually taken into the Druids' goal, where the Wrexhamites obtained a corner, the situation being relieved by J. Powell, and the ball afterwards went behind the lines. Some good even play next was witnessed in mid-field. The Wrexham forwards next broke away, and running the ball down passed to Po. Davies on the right wing, who made a nice shot, but Adams prevented disaster. Wrexham shortly after- wards obtained a free kick close to the Druids' for- tress, which was taken by H. Edwards, but the ball went harmlessly over the bar. The ball was again taken into the Druids quarters, when a shot was m?de out of a scrimmage, which, however, just grazed the posts. Half-time having been called, ends were changed, and on play being resumed it was expected, by a large number, that the Druids would have matters all their own way having the advantage of the wind, but such was far from being the case. The Wrexham kicking off Roberts and R. Davies got possession and mad a run up the right wing the ball eventually being kicked out of play. From the throw in the Druids got the globe and made a good run down being, however, repelled by Edwards. J. Jones, for Wrexham, now made a run and passed to Davies who was checked by A. Powell. The latter passed the ball over to Vaughan, he in turn passing it to A. Jones, who made a shot which went over. Shortly after Wrexham obtained a free kick, and the forwards getting the leather in their custody made a run up, the ball being sent out of play. Williams, for the Visitors, getting the leather from the throw in attempted to score, but his efforts proved futile. The ball having been re-started, Jones and Davies made a run which was checked by Bowen after which the home forwards again got to work and exhibited some neat passing. R. Davies, after making a shat, which was returned by the custodian of the Visitors' fortress, attempted another which was also returned, Wrexham finally obtaining hands near the Visitors' goal. Puwell proving equal to the occasion landed the ball into more neutral ground, and the for- wards of the Druids getting charge of the globe made a raid into the home territory but Burke, who was hurt during the early part of the game, being on the alert managed to frustrate them in their attempt to score by landing the ball out of play. From the throw in Vaughan got hold of the leather and made a shot at the home fortress, which went over the bar. The ball being again set in motion the Druids returned to the attack on the home goal, A. Jones landing the ball wide of its mark. The Wrexham for- wards now endeavoured to get the ball from near their goal and made a run, but were soon repelled by the visitors' backs, the ball being placed in close proximity to the home goal. G. Thomas cleared his goal in good form, the ball being, however, returned by A. Jones, who was unsuccessful in scoring, after which J. Jones made a run into the visitors' territory, and passing to R. Davies, the latter made a splendid shot, which was kicked out by Adams. Jones made another attempt to lower his opponents' colors, but the ball was again returned, and the Druids invaded the home territory. Their stay was of short duration, Edwards, whose play throughout the game was exceptionally fine, re- turning the globe, and J. Davies getting the leather made a splendid run, sending the ball into Adams' hands, who saved his goal, and the Druids got away with the ball. Wrexham, however, obtaining hands, made a combined rush, and Powell, in attempting to repel them, gave a corner, which came to nothing. The ball being again set in motion. Vaughan and Jones were busy on the left wing, but were checked before doing much harm. The play was for a time in the centre of the ground, until Doughty, getting the globe, passed to Lloyd, who mace a good shot, which was fisted out by Trainer. The visitors now commenced a bombardment at the home fortress, Vaughan, Doughty, and Williams being conspicuous by their play. The Druids eventually obtained a corner, which was entrusted to Vaughan, but his effort cams to nothing. The visitors still worked hard to equalise matters. Ketley getting the leather missed a very favorable opportunity, as, having the goal almost at his mercy, he placed the ball outside the sticks. The Druids subsequently ob- tained another corner, which was entrusted to Doughty, who placed it behind the posts. Not long after this time was called, leaving the Wrexhamites victorious after a hard fought battle by one goal to nil. The Wrexham team played in better form than in any match throughout the season. The forwards played well and unselfishly, and were well backed up by the well judged play of the half-backs and backs. The play of Trainer in goal was faultless. The Druids also had improved greatly since the match against Northwich, their play being decidedly faster, and the back play was also an improvement. The following are the respective teams :— WREXHAM.—Goal, J. Trainer backs, Geo. Thomas and W. Danes half-backs, T. Burke, Griffiths, and H. Ed- wards right wing, H. Davies and W. Robert left wing, J. Davies <nd J. Jones centre, M. Davies. Umpire, Mr T. H. Bancroft. DRUIDS.—Goal, H. Adams backs J. and A. Powell half-backs R. Roberts, W. William3. an-I Bowen; right wing, J. Lloyd and J. Doughty left wing, J. Vaughan and A. Jones; centre, Ketley. Umpire, Mr K S Roberts, Llan. dysilio. Referee, Mr W. H Holt, Shrewsbury. The following is a list of the final ties played for the Welsh Challenge Cup :— 1873—Wrexham beat Druids at Wrexham by one goal to none. 1879—White Stars, Newtown, beat Wrexham at Oswestry by one goal to none. ISSJ-Druids beat Ruthin at Wrexham by two goals to one. 1831—Druids beat Whita Stars, Newt)wn, by two goals to none. 1882-Druicls beat Northwich by five goals to none. IST.3-Wrexham beat Druids by one goal to none.

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