April 1, 1893
The fixture played at Anfield proved to be a good attraction, as fully 5,000 spectators turned out to witness a second edition of the Lancashire Cup tie, played on the same ground some time ago. Darwen turned out as advertised, while the home team had to dispense with the service of Sydney Ross.
McKnight gave the initial kick against a slight wind, and, after a brief attack by the Darweners, effective play by McQue carried the ball into the visitors’ goal mouth, an abortive foul occurring early on in the game. Judicious play by Miller led up to a strong assault, and Leach and Orr were called upon to exert themselves, and, a second foul being awarded against the visitors, the excitement rose as a probable chance of scoring occurred. Kenyon, however, used his hands with effect, and then William McKennie eased the abnormal pressure by a pretty run, in which Hannah showed to great advantage, in nipping in and taking up the latter’s pass and so removing the source of danger.
Liverpool returned to the attack in taking style, and often looked like scoring, but the vigorous defence of Orr, Maxwell, and McAvoy neutralised the efforts of the Liverpudlians time after time.
The persistency of the home team was at last awarded, for Hannah, tackling Sutherland in nice fashion, gave to Miller, who having no opening himself, passed on to Wyllie, and that player opened the score with a swift low shot.
The game continued to be of the same hard going stamp, both sides striving every nerve, and Darwen twice over had rather hard luck in not equalising, although the home team commanded most of the play.
Upon re-opening the visitors asserted a slight superiority, but McQue, with Hannah and McLean, eventually wore their attack down, and, after the Anfielders had essayed to get through, the previous keenness of the players fell away, and both sides slowed down.
After a period of indifferent play, Liverpool, by a sequence of throws-in, again were the assaulting party, but, try as they would, they could not get through the grand defence of Darwen.
Towards the end both sides seemed to be reinvigorated, and several escapes of both goals passed by, but the backs were so exceptionally good that the danger was repulsed, and a most exciting and hard-fought game ended in a win for Liverpool by 1 goal to nil.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: April 1, 1893)