Liverpool F.C.: Weekly review: March 20, 1893 (Liverpool Mercury)

March 20, 1893
By virtue of having played two league games last week, Liverpool are now in the position of honour in the Lancashire tourney. On Thursday, Fairfield made their first appearance at Anfield, and, finding the home team in a shooting mood, retired decisively beaten by five goals to nil. It was an unlooked-for treat to see the Liverpool forwards start off with a commendable dash, and Malcolm McVean, who took Thomas Wyllie’s place on the right, playing a very open game.

The visiting custodian had an exceedingly warm time of it, and three goals were chalked up in less than a quarter of an hour. Had the same style of procedure been maintained, the score could not have failed to reach double figures. Phil Kelly, of the reserve team, played a very forcible game, and his dash could be well imitated by others of the forward rank, against whom, as a rule, an opposing goalkeeper’s position is sinecure.

South Shore were encountered on Saturday. Here, again the home team set to work in a business-like fashion, and by half-time had obtained 3 goals, although playing against the wind and sun; but this first-class form was not sustained, as the forwards, with the exception of John Miller and Hugh McQueen, fell off their play, and the consequence was that only one other point was added, although the team had the elements in their favour.

Sydney Ross was again an absentee, being an inmate at Stanley Hospital till Friday, and it is feared he has received a permanent injury. His loss is keenly felt by the Liverpool Club, as with William McOwen also on the sick list, he being severely injured last week, Matt McQueen took up onerous position in front of the net, and played very coolly throughout, but such a good player would be of much more service if utilised in the field, either at full back or on the wing with his brother.

Both Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean performed very well on the whole. The three halves were strongly in evidence, and repeatedly checked swift runs. South Shore are possessed of two good backs, both of whom kicked very strongly. The halves compared very unfavourably with those of the home team, while their forwards are speedy, but lack combination.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: March 20, 1893)


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