September 3, 1909
As a rule the Combination fixtures of the Everton and Liverpool clubs are played as a last period of the football campaign, but the officials decided to make a change this season and play the first of the “Junior Derbys” early on.
Last evening the Reserves teams met at Anfield, and after an interesting struggle honours were even, each side scoring a goal. It was the insigural game of the Anfield season, and enthusiasts turned up in large numbers, there being a crowd of quite 10,000. The result was a fair reflex of the play, which although not of a scientific character, was always interesting, the players putting in some real hard work.
The forwards on both sides were rather erratic, and the respective defences carried off the honours of the contest. The first half produced a lot of scrappy play, there being too much strong kicking. Liverpool held the advantage at the outset.
After the Everton forwards had failed to profit by their chances in front of goal. Uren was prominent with a nice run, but his final shot travelled over the bar. Liverpool were decidedly the better team hereabouts, and Parkinson gave the Reds the lead with a low cross shot. This goal livened up matters considerably, and Lacey was presented with a fine chance of equalising, but he failed to take advantage of the opening.
Both ‘keepers were conspicuous with several clearances, and the interval with the Anfielders leading by a goal to nil. The pace was much faster in the second half, and there were many exciting incidents. Liverpool had the better of the early exchanges, Berry, the visiting keeper, having to clear several ticklish shots.
Everton were not to be denied, and Gourlay called upon Beeby. The Blues forwards, however, were generally slow to avail themselves of opportunities and the Liverpool backs were enabled to clear when danger threatened.
At length, after Liverpool had forced four corners in quick succession, the ball came out to Anderson, who had changed places with Mountford on the left, and the winger made a run more than half the length of the field, and centred nicely to Buck. The latter shot in, and the ball striking the crossbar rebounded to Gourley, the Scottish centre making no mistake this time, and putting Everton on level terms.
Afterwards there were several exciting scrimmages in front of both goals, and just before the finish Bowyer hit the foot of the post with Berry beaten.
The players showed commendable keenness but the backs, and half-backs could claim the advantage over the forward. Beeby and Berry, the respective goalkeepers effected some smart clearances and it is quite evident that in these young players the Liverpool and Everton clubs have capable understudies to the international, Hardy and Scott.
Rogers was the best of the Liverpool backs, while Peake was about the smartest half-back on the field. McConnell and Dillon also acquitted themselves satisfactorily, but the forwards were only moderate.
The same can be said of the Everton line, although Anderson, Gourley and Lacey were at times seen to advantage. The left wing was almost neglected in the first half, and as a consequence Mountford was mainly in the picture.
The halves and backs played with vigour, but on last night’s display Borthwich is hardly up to League form yet. Rafferty was the best of the line. Stevenson and Meunier defended ably.
Liverpool Reserves: Gus Beeby, Tom Rogers, John Dunlop, John McConnell, Ernest Peake, Barney Dillon, Jack Parkinson, Bertram Goode, William Morris, Sam Bowyer, Harold Uren.
Everton Reserves: Clarence Berry, William Stevenson, James Meunier, Daniel Rafferty, John Borthwick, Bob Clifford, William Lacey, James Gourley, Harry Buck, Anderson, Harry Mountford.
(Liverpool Courier: September 3, 1909)