05th December – Today In Our Footballing History

05/12/1931 Belfast Wales 4-0 Jimmy Kelly (2), Willie Millar, Joe Bambrick

Elisha Scott, Joe McNinch, Bertie Fulton, Billy McCleery, Maurice Pyper, Billy Mitchell, Jimmy Chambers, Bobby Irvine, Joe Bambrick, Willie Millar, Jimmy Kelly

Kelly Helps Irish Turn Back Wales Score Three Goals in 4 0 Victory in International Soccer

Only included in the Irish team at the last moment Kelly, of Derry City, helped them win the international soccer match against Wales on Saturday. Kelly himself kicked three of Ireland’s four goals and was a constant threat. Bambrick of Linfield, completed Ireland’s tally, while Wales, made no reply. The first half of the match was close with both goalies doing good work after Kelly had opened the scoring. Scott, the Irish custodian, alone prevented his goal being penetrated with vicious shots from close in. In the second half with the Welsh on top, with a brilliant finish Kelly scored twice and with the Welsh dumfounded Bambrick practically walked through them to get Ireland’s fourth.

The teams were:

Ireland – Goal Scott Liverpool, right back. McNinch. Ballymena. left back. R Fulton. Belfast Celtic; right half Mitchell. Distillery; centre half. M Pyper. Linfeld: left half Mc-Cleery. Linfield; right otiUide. Chamber:. Notts Forest; right inside. Irvine Derry City; centre. Bambrick. Linfield. left inside Miller. Barrow. left outside Kelly, Derry City.

Wales -Goal. Gray. Tranmere Rovers. right hack. Lawrence. Swansea. left back. Foukes. West Bromwich: right half. Bennion. Manchester United; centre half. Griffiths, Everton; left half. Emry S. Ellis. Oswestry; right outside. Jones. Sheffield Wednesday; right inide. James. West Ham; centre. Bamford. Wrexham; left inside. Robbins. Cardiff, left outside, Psrris. Bradford

Source: newspapers.com

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