March 13, 1893
Ever since Bootle and Liverpool were drawn together in the Lancashire Cup competition local interest had been rifle as to the probable winner. At first Liverpool were the fancied ones, but the recent return to first class form by Bootle caused the latter to be strongly supported for the position of honour.
There has been a marked want of dash among the Liverpool forwards lately, which gave rise to the feeling that Bootle would prove to be their masters when the eventful day arrived. This turned out to be correct in every way, and Bootle are to be congratulated for their clever victory of 2 goals to 1. There was a grim earnestness about all their team that boded no good for their opponents. The determined onslaught by the home team at the very commencement of the game showed they were not to be trifled with.
Liverpool can learn something from the manner in which the first goal was scored – a clever forward sticking to the ball to draw attention of the backs, a quick pass right to the front, a rapid dash and centre by the wing player, which being met by the confrere on the other side, is banged through before the other team hardly know what has happened.
Liverpool certainly held the best of the game in the first half, and had a very fair share of the second portion, but the strong defence offered by Bootle prevented them obtaining a point, when they had everything in their favour. Corner after corner was obtained, but the Liverpool forwards are about the worst lot to utilise the advantage given by them that can be imagined. Of course, some excuse must be allowed for the injury to Sydney Ross, who retired after five minutes play in the second half, and left Liverpool with ten men; and, strange to relate, then it was that the team repelled their position and infused more dash into their play, and scored a splendid goal.
Coming to the Liverpool team, the whole fault lay with the forwards. Had they played when they had the elements assisting them, with anything like the style they showed in the latter part of the second half, a different result must have followed. They will not obtain goals until they smarten up, and that to a great degree. The halves – John McCartney, Joe McQue, and James McBride – deserve every praise, for they acquitted themselves to the satisfaction of every one, and to keep the lively Bootle forwards in check was no light work.
Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean did well, while Sydney Ross performed grandly, and much sympathy was felt for him when he was injured.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: March 13, 1893)