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All-American Association Football League: 1908-1909 American Football Association Cup Final

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In the Western Regional, two new squads joined the division – Spokane Lilac FC and Tacoma Olympians.  The newcomers had a rough go of it in their first regional season, finishing at the bottom two spots.  At the top, Alameda Vampires claimed their second regional title and the right to host the Columbia Challenge Tournament.

 

 

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In the American Football Association Cup, the Milwaukee Brewmasters continued their efforts to win a third straight title, advancing to the semifinal round after defeating Philadelphia United Cricket Clubs 3-1 at the Blatz Platz.  The Washington Insiders also advanced, knocking off the Ultimate Division champion Baltimore Bannerets.   The Boston Shipwrights hope to add a Cup to their collection of three Ultimate Division banners.  Baltimore Chimney Swifts were the last semi-final team.  After the close finish to their crosstown rivals for the Ultimate Division, they would like nothing better to claim the Cup.

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The Brewmasters’ hopes of claiming a third straight AFA Cup were squashed by the Baltimore Chimney Swifts in 2-0 defeat. In the other semi-final, the Shipwrights got off to a quick start, scoring in the first minute, and then Boston added to the lead in the 18th with a goal by Loch.  The Insiders of Washington were undaunted, pulling the game into a tie with goals in the 25th and 35th minutes.  A cracker of goal by Jay Frost in the 59th proved the gamewinner.

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In the AFA Cup final, the Insiders delighted their fans at Boundary Field and reversed their role in the semi-final by leaping out to an early lead, with goals from Gompers and Morris in the 11th and 13th minutes, respectively.  They were not able to hold the lead for long, though.  The Chimney Swifts responded with goals from Ray (26’) and Edwards (29’) to knot the score before halftime.  Soon after the break, Morris was sent off with a second yellow card.  Baltimore immediately dialed up the pressure and took the lead on an Alexander Hobart header off of a corner kick in the 50th minute.  After that, the Chimney Swifts locked down any attack the undermanned Insiders would bring.  On the rare occasion that Washington got the ball to the Chimney Swifts’ half, the McKay brothers were relentless in winning the ball back.  With the final whistle, the Chimney Swifts had claimed the American Football Association Cup, their first since 1901. 

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