May 1, 1913
Last night Liverpool defeated Everton by three goals to one at Anfield in the Final for the Liverpool Cup. As the score indicates, the Anfield team had the best of the argument, generally playing with greater dash and precision than their opponents. The 6,000 or more spectators present were provided with plenty of keen and interesting football in the first half, but minor injuries to players led to a falling off in the play in the later stages. The one prime weakness of either side was lack of finishing power. Smart play was shown in the open, but good openings were created only to be lost through dallyness and inability to shoot straight and at the right moment.
Everton made an auspicious start, Brannick scoring after two minutes’ play. This early reverse, however, served to put Liverpool on their metal, and their forwards proceeded to give the Everton defence many anxious moments. The Everton attack was by no means idle, and both Brannick and Bradshaw missed a glorious chance of scoring from a centre by Davidson. It was from a clever sprint by Metcalf that Welfare equalised with a shot, which struck the inside of the post and bounded into the net. Shortly before the interval Liverpool were awarded a penalty kick through Page handling in front of goal, and although Hodge saved Goddard’s shot the outside right rushed up and scored before the keeper could get rid of the ball. A minute or two later Liverpool again looked like scoring, only for Metcalf and Welfare to spoil a good opening between them.
Liverpool maintained their lead in the second half, which was of a scrambling order. Pursell and Harris were injured, and this led to players having to change places. Welfare got in a sprinted rush and placed accurately to Metcalf, who clean beat Hodge with an oblique shot. Little need be said of the players individually. Page, who took the place of Stevenson at right full-back for Everton, created a good impression in the early stages, but he was less reliable in the second half. Grenyer was one of the best halves on view, and of the forwards Beare and Fleetwood for Everton, and Goddard and Metcalf for Liverpool were the pick, while Longworth was the best of the full-backs. This is the eight time that Liverpool have won this trophy, as compared with Everton’s 16 success in this competition.
Liverpool: Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Robert Pursell, Harry Lowe, Bob Ferguson, Donald Mackinlay, Arthur Goddard, Arthur Metcalf, Henry Welfare, Tom Gracie, Tom Miller.
Everton: William Hodge, Jack Page, Bob Simpson, Val Harris, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, George Beare, James Brannick, Tom Fleetwood, Frank Bradshaw, Willie Davidson.
(Source: Liverpool Courier: May 1, 1913)