April 9, 1917
There were 23,000 people present and £580 was taken at Anfield on Saturday and the crowd had a good run for their money, as they saw a score which was and was not a surprise. It was to anybody present, in the sense that though Everton had been the better side throughout the Liverpool defence was “sticking it” so well till a quarter of an hour from time that 1-0 might easily have been the final result.
However, the constant pressure had its effect and in the concluding stage three goals were put on in rapid succession. The first half was blank, though the Blues had been much the better team as far as general combination was concerned.
Five minutes after the restart Ernie Gault flashed the ball past Tommy Haughton, who had misjudged a close centre by Joe Donnachie and turned the ball to the foot of the centre forward. The other three goals came from Donnachie, Gault and Joe Clennell, so that Everton retired with a thoroughly deserved victory by four clear goals.
Turning first to the “visitors” Frank Mitchell did his bit all right, but he had a grand pair of backs in front of him. Joe Smith’s judgement of position was excellent, and he “recovered” at great speed, while Bob Thompson did his side a good service by keeping a keen eye on Tommy Bennett, who was rarely given a chance for one of his dashes. The halves were also a clever trio, and all emerged with great credit. Stephen Murray the new winger, gave a sparkling display, his speed being a great asset. Donnachie and Clennell made the best wing on the field, whilst Gault again proved a fine opportunists, and Frank Jefferis served him with some tempting short passes.
For Liverpool the backs stood up well against a stiff grueling till near the end. Haughton made some good saves, but also made mistakes. Donald Mackinley was the pick of the halves, Lowe, the old captain who was given a game while here on holiday, being off his usual form. Fred Pagnam, who was up on leave, and Arthur Metcalf were the best of a line which was splendidly held by the opposing defence.
(Evening Express: April 9, 1917)