FOOTBALL.. SOUTH WALES CUP (2nd round). MARDY 0; MID-RHOjN'DDA 0. A record crowd watched this game at Mardy oil Saturday under un- favourable weather conditions. The visitors won the toss and set Mardy to face a strong wind. The first quarter of an hour saw the Mush- rooms predominant and after Thomas had effected a couple of smart saves play was transferred. As the game developed the homesters asserted themselves, and play became pretty even. The visiting forwards were smarter on the ball and several corn- ers fell to them, Bache placing with judgment, but danger was averted each time. Mardy also forced a few corners, but they, in their turn, fail- ed to score. The second half was a repetition of the first, both sides attacking in turn, but no score accrueing. WELSH LEAGUE. Division 1. FORTH 2; TON PENTRE 7. Porth Athletic, the ex-service men's team, who are making a bold bid to revive the Soccer code in the metropolis of the Rhondda, paid their first visit to the Ynys Park, Ton Pentre, to engage in a Welsh League contest. Starting off in a downpour of rain Ton Pentre monopolised the attack frq' some time, Jimmy L • :i fill oL'Jique shot to no purpose, and soon after the Ton froni line got away nicely. Lowden bowled Wheeler over with a slinging shot which rebounded into play. Inter- passing between Rees and Lowden ended in the former scoring and five minutes later Simpson put the Bclldogs two up. Ton easily main- tained the ascendency in an attack- ing i-icvement close in, and Rees again sent the ball past Wheeler. For the first time Porth became dan- gerous but Hanney rushed out and robbed Williams just as he was about to shoot. Lowden next scored for Ton and just before the interval Outen gave Porth a goal from a pen- alty kick. Porth attacked on the restart, but from then on were simply outclassed, goals being scored by Edwin Rees, Woods, and Jimmy Simpson. Outen scored for Porth. Troughfern, TonV new back gave a fine display and to- gether with Holmes set up a sound defence. TREORCHY 2; CWMPARK EX- CELSIORS 1. At the Cae Mawr, Treorchy, on Saturday, Cwmpark Excelsiors met Treorchy A.E .C. and the latter Wall by two goals to one. The pitch was in a pitiful condition for anything like football, pools of water which were by half time pools of mud were frequently found by the players who were mud covered. A considerable amount of loose play was witnessed, the players by misjudging over-run- ning the ball, particularly the for- wards. Athough the meeting ended in favour of Treorchy, a draw would have been a fitting result. MARDY v. MID-ItHONDDA. I The weather conditions for the Welsh cup tie replay at Mid- Rhondda on Thursday were very bad. The heavy rain of the last few days had transformed the field into v a veritable quaqmire. There was a fair attenance when the teams lined up as follows: Mardy: Thomas; Hugh Jones, J. Jenkins; Warner, Tebbett, Evans; Osborne, Dunkarfield, Fowler Proudman; Pallet. Mid-Rhondda Moody; Dunn, Bain McCullum, Carmichael, Hop- kinson; Collier, Seed, Parrish, Rampton, Bache. Referee: Mr Collins. Grilfach. Mid-Rhondda won the toss and chose to defend the Ely street end. Mardy went off with great dash, forcing a corner which did not materialise. Mid-Rhondda now took up the at- tack and Bache came into promin- ence with a great run down the line. From a corner Bache placed beauti- fully but Thomas cleared. A long shot by Dunn neatly found its bil- let. The Mushdooms were now dom- inating the game and sensational play ensued in Mardy's goal mouth which culminated in Rampton send- ing in a shot which Thomas saved in wonderful fashion. Collier, who was playing a great game, centred accurately and Par- rish sent in a stinging shot which Thomas again saved. Beating Hugh Jones, Bache sent across and Seed headed into the net. Mid-Rhondda continued to press and from a centre by C'Jlier, Seed again found the net wi!u a shot which gave Thomas no chance. When making a dash for the goal Parrish was fouled in flie penalty area and Bain made no mistake with the penalty kick. Try as they would Mardv could not relieve the pres- sure. With Thomas on the ground the Mushrooms had hard lines in not scoring. At half-time Mid-Rhondda were throo goals up. r-. -?. ￼ On resuming Mid-Rhondda penned Mardy in their own territority and after three minute play Carmichael scored with a fast ground shot. Thomas, the Mardy custodian, was playing a wonderful game and saved shot after shot. Parrish from a melee in front of goal s cor el Mid- Rhondda's fifth goal. Thomas was badly injured and had to be carried off the fiell. When only fifteen minutes of the second half had passed, the referee stopped the game. The home sup- pjiters were keenly disappointed, but the conditions had become so bad that Mr Collins had no alternative. It was stated that the replay would take place on Monday next. THE RUGBY CODE. AHK??AYOX 1-1-7; TREHER- Aberavon pressed •> an before five minutes Flynn had dropped a beautiful goal. Treher- bert made repeated attacks but there was no further scoring before thd interval. In the second half W. J. Thomas dribbled up and transferred to Mitch- ell, who with smart judgment dodged the defence and scored a try, hut Thomas's kick failed. TREORCHY v. CARDIFF SCOTTISH. I Treorchy, who have displayed very ] good form this season, were at home on Saturday to Cardiff Scottish, a selected 15 from Cardiff who broths up a strong side. Two new forwards were given a tjfial for Treorchy— P.C. Sid Miles, Cwmpark, who was recently demobilised after serving over four years with the Cardiff City Battalion, and W. J. Davies, All AVhites, Treorchy. The players entered the field in a heavy shower of rain. Two minutes after start the homesters were in the Scottish 25 line, and picking up smartly E. Knapgatc got off the mai k well but he was brought down on the line. II. W. Owen, fullback, relieved the pressure for the visitors with a splendid kick to touch. Later some excellent bouts of passing were made by the home threes and a quick transfer carried play well into their opponents' quarter where Lewis Jones secured and opened the scor- ing for Treorchy with a well directed dropped goal. Again the Rhondda men made a smart movement and Mog Jones kicked across to Knap- gate who made no mistake in cross- ing the Cardiff line, Daley James, full-back, failed to majorise. In the next few minutes Will Powell, W. Morgan, and H. Payne became pro- minent. in the visitors' side and kept, play in the home quarter, but owing to the heavy state of the ground, and the greasy ball accurate passing was impossible. Treorchy forwards got possession and with a rush led by Tom James, gained a long slice of ground. On reaching' their oppon- ents' 25 line, Owen secured and sent them back to within a few yards of mid-field. Occasionally, Beits and Williams, the visiting halves, were exception- ally quick and clever in getting the ball from the scrum, but before their backs got into stride Mog Jones and Knapgate failed. A couple of min- utes before the interval E. J ona- than secured from a scrummage five yards from the goalmouth and dash- ed over with an unconverted try. On the change of ends Treorchy, who were up 10 points, continued) the pressure, but by now the pitch became muddy and the torrential rain completely spoilt what would have been a first class game. Several attempts were made by the visitors' three-quarers to open a bout of pass- ing but they were unable to put on any proper speed. Both sets of for wards played a gruelling game. The visitors' defence proved too strong for the homesters to pierce. The referee, Mr Fred Davies, Treforest, blew the final whistle 15 minutes before the scheduled time, but it was welcomed by the players as well as the spectators, who were ,i,, well as the spect dreii-ched.
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I Correspondence. Letters should be as brief as possible, and free from personalities. They should be written on one side of the paper only. No letter will be printed unless tho name and address of the sender is enclosed for the Editor's use. These will in no case be published unless the writer so desires. Owing to pressure on the space at our disposal, letters must in some cases be held over, and at best only a selection can appear. The writers of letters for which we cannot find room are apologised to. Is the Gas Undertaking for Sale ? To the Editor of "Rhondda Leader. £ ir,—i, your report of the Dis- trict Council of last week, I notice that Councillor Cook is keen upon building a number of houses by Direct Labour. If this is to mature I fear we shall wait until the next big war for their completion, and the cost per house would be at least 12000 because we cannot reason- ably expect any other method adop- ted for building houses than that for building bridges. At the same meeting, Councillor Tom Owen suggested that the War Loan should be withdrawn. What a pity for this is the only undertaking that brings in any revenue of all the schemes of the Council. And to build houses too! Tut, tut! We should lose the < £ 30,000 before the tenants commenced to pay rent. If Mr Owen is not one of the Finance Commit- tee I suggest he ought to be elected at once, for. his financial ideas are colossal. Let me suggest something better for himself and the ratepayers. Why not offer the gas undertaking for sale to some interprising private com- pany, and build houses with the money got for it. If there is no buyer then make a gift of it to some- one and save the loss of X28,000 per annum. With a scheme of this kind we could look forward to seeing houses built in our generation and paid for, Perhaps Councillors Cook and Owen will consider the desirability of urgently demanding a special meeting of the Council to rush this scheme to its final issue. I am, sir, I ,( A SPECTATOR. t,
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Presentation at Ynyshir. On Thursday evening last, Decem- ber 13, a grand luncheon was given at Saron. During the war the church had constantly supplied the soldier members with comforts, through the instrumentality of Mr Morgan Ed- wards, who acted as secretary. The last named gentlemen htfd worked! so zealously with that which he took in hand, that the soldier boys held the above luncheon, taking advant- age at the same time of handing him a present as a small token of regard for his services. A large gathering sat diwn to an excellent spread, and were highly delighted with the fine catering of Mr W. D. Williams. After the luncheon a concert was 'iield and much of the success of the concert is due to Mr D. G. Moore (secretary), and, of course, to the artistes who gave their services vol- untarily. They were as follows:- Madame Lewis, Ynyshir Miss Isaac Wattstown; Mr J. Rosser, Watts- town Mr Hopkins, Wattstown, and Mr David Evans, Ynyshir. The splendid singing reflected great cre- dit on the abovenamed artistes, as the audience present testified by their deafening applause. The ex-service men, by the way, wish to thank all those who took part in the concert and the luncheon. On behalf of the soldiers, Mr Dl. I Griffiths presented Mr Morgan Ed- LNI R ?NTorgaii Ed- wards with a gold medal and a wallet ¡ (containing money). Mr Trevor G. Ablett seconded. Glowing tributes were paid to the secretary by these gentlemen. Mr Morgan Edwards suitably responded. The chairman for the evening was an ex-service man, Mr Wm. Davies, and lie carried out his duties admir- ably. With a few words from the Pastor (Rev. E. C. Davies), and also our secretary, the meeting closed with the singing of the Welsh Na- tional Anthem (solo taken by Mr J. Rosser, Wattstown). Great praise is due to the secre- tary for his untiring work, the ex- service men. the vo-Lilig ladies who I. so a blv presided at the ta bles, and j a lso the deacons of the church for their readiness in lending tho Yes- try for the occasion.
PEOPLE'S POPULAR SERVICES I Empire Theatre, Tonypandy. Sunday, December 21st, 1919 Conducted by Rev. W, MEAOOWCROFT (Ex-Chaplain H.M. Forces, B.E.F. Soloists Mrs. ISRAEL and Mr JOHN R. DAVIES. Hymn-sheets provided. Doors open 7.40 p.m., Commence 8 p.m. sharp A collection will be traadj to defray expenses.
School Strike." ALLEGED UNSAFE ROAD AT GILFACH GOGH. At Bridgend on Saturday there I was a sequel to a school strike at I Gilfach Goch, when twelve parents who refused to send their clilldreii to school because of an alleged dan- gerous route were summoned by the Glamorgan Education Committee. Mr David Llewellyn (Messrs. Lewis and Llewellyn, Bridgend) prosecut- ed, and Mr i W. I • r;— j ter, defended. Mr Llewellyn said that Gilfacli Goch was rather an awkward rflace, there being a wide valley separating it into two parts. Access was pro- vided from one side to the other by a footbridge and tram road. Before the war the accommodation for the schools became inadequate and the Council found it necessary to build a new school. i RAISED IX PARLIAMENT. The parents contended that the route the children had to fake was dangerous. Resolutions had been: passed by the parents and by the local Chamber of Trade and threats had been made that the matter would j be raised in Parliament. The edu- cation authorities having no desire to do what was unreasonable had re- laxed their decision as far as child- ren under six and a half were con- cerned. He considered the presei-it path was safe for the children. j Mr J. Jeanes, school attendance oiffcer, giving evidence, said he did not consider the footbridge was dan- gerous. In cross-examination he said he did not know that the foot- bridge had 24 steps, but admitted that some children had to cross a stream by another footbridge and then go i.Iloiig a path by the side of a coal pit. On one side of this path was a steep slope down which the children miglit fall if they happened to be blown off the path. Mr D. Bryn Davies, school in- spector, said steps were being taken by the District Council to erect an- other bridge on the side of the val- ley. A number of children had to be transferred from the Llantrisant side, but only a small proportion of the parents on the Llantrisant side had complied with the order that their children should attend the school across the valley. Mr. Langman: Would you car;>, to send your own children across it? Witness: I woul d not o bject. It is part of the training of life to go over hard and difficult places. For the defence it was stated that the parents would consider! the posi- tion different if the education autho- rity arranged to take the children across the dangerous places. One of the parents, giving evi- dence, said that he heard workmen who had to cross the bridge express- ing in strong terms tli^ir opinions of those who had put it there, and if their prayers were answered those people would be burnt. (Laughter.) Attendance orders were made in all the cases. The Chairman (Colonel J. 1. D. Nicholl): The Bench consider this is all "a storm in a tea-cup. -?- ?
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