Barrow cannot handle Liverpool

September 9, 1892
This friendly was played at Anfield in pleasant weather, the attendance of spectators being around 600. Liverpool were without the service of John Miller, whose place was filled by Cameron. The teams were composed as follows:

Liverpool: Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, James Kelso, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Cameron, Malcolm McVean, Andrew Kelvin.
Barrow: Kennedy, Fenton, Steel, Stevenson, Conway, Shentaker, Marshall, F. Poole, Peacock, Glen, Saddington.
** (Shentaker or Sherliker?)

Losing the toss, Cameron started against the sun for Liverpool, the same player a minute after causing Kennedy to fist away a loft shot. For the first ten minutes the Barrow men were kept hemmed in their own quarters, their charge having some marvelous shaves.

Pretty combination by the visitors brought them into close proximity to the home goal, Glen experiencing hard luck as he struck the crossbar. Getting smartly away the Liverpool men hotly pressed, Kennedy distinguishing himself as he cleared a grand attempt from McVean. From this stage to the interval both sides in turn tried to score, but nothing was done, the teams crossing over with clean sheets.

On resuming the Liverpool forwards quickly took up the attack and hovered in front of the Barrow goal, success ultimately coming from the foot of McVean. Though showing splendid defence the Barrow men seldom became dangerous, owing to the capital defence of McLean and Hannah.

After a lot of mid-field play Wyllie dribbled beautifully along on the line and with a grand screw shot scored the second point for Liverpool. Play now became very tame and uninteresting.

Towards the finish the Anfielders taxed the Barrow defence to its utmost, but Steel and Fenton proved themselves a pair of worthy defenders, and prevented further scoring, the game thus ending by two goals to nil
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: September 9, 1892)


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