Liverpool to the local Cup Final

April 18, 1893
This cup tie roused rather more than normal interest, as the two previous games each side had secured a victory. Fully 5,000 spectators assembled when John Miller started on behalf of Liverpool. A foul immediately resulted in Liverpool quarters, which being well taken by Billy Hughes was allowed to pass out by his own forwards – a grand chance lost.

Playing up strongly Bootle had rather the best of it, and a little indecision between Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean almost cost them a tangible point. A nasty foul by Jimmy “Punch” McEwen caught the referee’s eye, and being steered straight for goal by Andrew Hannah, the home team had a good look in.

Fouls then became frequent, but nothing resulted, the defence of both sides coping in an efficient manner with all assaults. John Miller worked up a grand opportunity, but missed wretchedly when he had the goal at his mercy.

Half-time arrived with no score, the result being indicative of the play.

Upon resuming the game remained very even, and although Liverpool had the best of the midfield manoeuvres no side could claim any decided advantage.

Eventually a change became apparent, and when Billy Hughes had to kick out to save, then Liverpool held command for some time. After the McQueens (Matt McQueen and Hugh McQueen) had exhibited capital combination John Miller worked his way round Smart Arridge, and scored for the Anfielders, this success being greeted with wild applause.

Liverpool after this tried long shots which of course did not come off, and then Bootle pressed severely, but found Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean in much better mood than at the commencement.

Malcolm McVean, receiving, from Joe McQue, led up a final attempt, but Hugh McQueen just missed when he had the goal at his mercy, and the whistle sounding for full-time, Liverpool retired victors by 1 goal to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury: April 18, 1893)


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