Friendly matches

Liverpool v Aston Villa 1-3 (Friendly: March 9, 1893)

March 9, 1893
Match: Friendly, at Anfield.
Liverpool – Aston Villa 1-3. (match played over 2 x 30 mins).
Attendance: 2,000.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Matt McQueen, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Hugh McQueen.
Aston Villa (2-3-5): Lou Benwell, John Baird, Arthur Wollaston, James Brown, James Cowan, George Russell, Albert Brown, David Skea, Will Devey, Denny Hodgetts, Albert Woolley.
The goals: 1-0 H. McQueen, 1-1 Skea, 1-2 Skea, 1-3 Skea.

This game was played at Anfield last evening, before 2,000 spectators. Hannah won the toss, and played with a strong wind at his back. This great advantage caused the home team to be constantly on the aggressive, and during the first ten minutes the visitors were entirely confined to their own quarters.

Excellent half-back play by McQue and McBride was responsible for McQueen gaining the first point, the visiting goalkeeper making but a very amateur attempt to save. Again the home forwards swooped down upon Benwell, and McVean narrowly missed scoring. Strong half-back play by Cowan and Brown gave Hodgetts and his partner a chance, but Hannah intervened and allowed M. McQueen to have another shy, which unfortunately for his side he sadly missed.

From the kick-off A. Brown obtained possession and ran past McLean, but McQue met his centre and cleared. Again the visitors’ right wing forced he play and passed to Hodgetts, who in turn gave to Woolley, and that player shot splendidly, but the ball went over the goal line. Danger was only temporarily relieved, for again Hodgetts and Woolley were conspicuous for grand play, and the latter centring, Skea appearing to be under the post and in an offside position, shot in and equalised. Liverpool retaliated, and McQueen was given two golden opportunities, but shot too high, and after McVean and McQueen had menaced the visitors’ citadel Baird gave relief, and the game became more open. Half-time was called, the teams having played only 30 minutes.

Miller restarted, and immediately McVean and his partner forged their way ahead, but the latter put out. Play now became very open and interesting, and after a period of midfield exchanges Hodgetts kicked strongly forward, and a bully was formed in the home goal mouth. McBride cleared, but Skea, a promising recruit, got hold of the leather, and by a long shot placed the Villa ahead. The game had hardly been restarted when the same player was fortunate to add another point, and although Liverpool had several chances later on, the weak play of the forwards failed to increase their score, and a pleasant game resulted in a win for the Villa by 3 goals to 1.
(Liverpool Mercury, 10-03-1893)


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