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.
The wisdom, or otherwise of arranging fixtures to clash with the local association was fairly tested last week at Goodison Park. In each instance the gate was extremely poor, and proves that the majority of even the most loyal Evertonians relish the cup ties in preferance to a plain ordinary fixture.
Renton, the erstwhile ‘’ worlds” champions” was the fare laid before the assembly on Saturday. Thanks to the ‘’Scotch agent” and others this team is now with three exceptions composed of mere striplings, but nevertheless they know the game, and that they can play it lies in the fact of having obtained a creditable draw against the strong team placed on the field by Everton.
The new men who played for Everton got through their work in capital style especially Lindsay, and Reay. Both are big fellows and being tricky without being slow will prove decidedly good captures, before long. Bell shaped much better in his old position as outside left. His play was freer then hitherto whole his centres were very accurate, and on several occasion ought to have been turned to account. A distance, however, seemed to pervade the forward at time and although the better and weightier team the homsters failed to indict a defeat.
In Glen, the left half Renton have another James McBride whose play throughout was marked by judicious determination, and who is likely to be heard of again. The whole of the visiting team exhiibted clever combination. Bell, in the centre, performing his share with great skill, and prominent among the others was James Kelso a younger brother of the famous Evertonian. He is only 18 years old. But played a serviceable game as inside right.
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)