October 10, 1910
Match: Lancashire Cup, Second Round, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Everton 0-1 (0-0).
Attendance: 9,800; gate receipts: £261.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sam Hardy, Ephraim Longworth, Robert Crawford, Robert Robinson, Ernest Peake, Jim Harrop, Arthur Goddard, Joe Brough, Sam Gilligan, James Stewart, Harold Uren.
Everton (2-3-5): William Scott, Bob Balmer, Jock Maconnachie, Val Harris, Robert Young, Llew Davies, Ernest Pinkney, James Gourlay, Bert Freeman, Alex Young, Harry Mountford.
The goal: 0-1 Gourlay (89 min.).
About 10,000 spectators witnessed the game between our two leading organisations at Anfield yesterday afternoon, and as on the occasion of the League meeting last Saturday week, the Blues prevailed, though by the narrowest possible margin. Success was deferred to the closing minute of the encounter, when Gourlay seized upon an opening resulting from indecision on the part of the Liverpool defenders, and gave Hardy no chance of saving his shot.
The game throughout was not of a thrilling nature, for there was absent the keenness which is usually associated with League Football. Still there were at times occasional brilliant flashes that served to sustain the interest of the crowd. Owing to unavoidable causes neither side was at its full strength, and so far as Liverpool were concerned chief interest was of course, concentrated upon positions that up to date have given cause for much anxiety to the managers of the club.
The respective defence provided the outstanding feature of the game, and to some extent the problem of Liverpool’s difficulty in this matter was solved. Hardy was himself again, and there could be no question as to the ability of the pair in front of him. Rarely was a mistake made, and both Longworth and Crawford engineered the situation to a nicety.
Then, again, half-back play showed a distinct advance upon previous exhibitions, and taking the defensive portion of the team generally there was but little room for adverse criticism.
Forward play, however, did not on the whole favourably impress one, for the work was not well distributed, and in addition hesitancy, at the critical moment was an outstanding defect.
This latter failure served to enable the Everton rear-guard to show up remarkably well. At the same time, little fault could be found with the Blues’ defence, and though there were some execrable attempts to reduce Liverpool’s citadel, the forward line as a whole were a more business-like lot than were the Anfielders.
Scott was not often in difficulties and dealt with everything that came his way with his usual ability. Maconnachie had an eye to every movement, and maintained his great reputation, and with Balmer formed a stout barrier against the in-roads of the Reds. Harris, R. Young, and Davies formed a strong half-way line, capable of attaining to the best efforts of the opposing forwards, and while the front line shaped fairly well, Gourlay always caught the eye when close quarters were reached.
The veteran Young provided several diversions by reason of his extra-ordinary efforts to find the Liverpool net, but one of his attempts was of the best, and required a second effort from Hardy to effect a clearance.
As indicated, Hardy, Longworth, and Crawford were a most reliable set of defenders, and in the half-way line Harrop was a great success on the wing. The trio as a whole gave an exhibition distinctly in advance of what has been witnessed so far this season. Peake looked well after Freeman, who required careful attention, and Harrop frequently held up the Everton right while in addition he judiciously opened out the game for his forwards.
Force of circumstances brought Gilligan into the centre forward position, but he was not a success. Much clever work, especially in the first half, came from Uren, whose finishing was distinctly good. Stewart was below form, and Brough would have done better had he got off the mark quickly instead of courting defeat by twisting and twirling before pairing with the ball. Goddard was up against Maconnachie at his best, but he was not the least effective of a hard working though unsuccessful line.
(Liverpool Courier, 11-10-1910)