April 24, 1893
Everton have missed their last chance of winning a challenge cup as a memento of an otherwise brilliant season – unless they are successful in their protest against Saturday’s result standing. Whether the match is to be replayed or not, there could be no doubt that of the two teams which met at Hawthorne-road for the purpose of deciding the final tie of the local cup competition Liverpool were the cleverer, and thoroughly earned their victory at a goal to nil. Everton were seldom near goal during the first half, when they were playing against the wind. Even then Liverpool had to face the rays of the sun. The second half was pretty even, much more so than the first stage had been, and altogether the score hardly reflects the emphatic superiority of Liverpool. That the score was not heavier was due mainly to several brilliant saves by Williams, and also to the solid defence of Alfred Chadwick and Collins.
In proving so weak, they correspondingly made Liverpool appear a cleverer team, and they certainly were either equal or superior in every department. William McOwen in goal did all that was required of him in a confident manner. Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean gave a splendid exhibition of defence and neither seemed bothered much by the Everton attackers, their kicking being strong and well directed all through. The half-back line was perhaps the rock upon which Everton stranded. Joe McQue at centre was happy in the extreme, and completely spoilt Hartley, the work of John McCartney and James McBride being almost as good. With the half-backs so much in evidence the Liverpool forwards had plenty of opportunities of showing their capabilities, and they did it in a pleasing way. They displayed no selfishness, and taking and parting with the ball in no halting fashion were very speedy. The pace was remarkable, and that it should be sustained as it was on such a warm day was evidence that Liverpool were in good condition. That Everton should find themselves in the position they now are created little sympathy, for there was no denying the fact that Liverpool were popular winners. An error in tactics has been made. The best team should have been deputed by Everton for Liverpool Cup honours.
(Liverpool Mercury: April 24, 1893)