Everton v Liverpool 5-3 (Friendly: December 26, 1917)


December 26, 1917
Match: Friendly, at Goodison Park, kick-off: 14:45.
Everton – Liverpool 5-3 (2-1).
Attendance: 12,000.
Referee: Mr. Ike Baker.
Everton (2-3-5): Frank Mitchell, Dossy Wright, Robinson, Frank Jefferis, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, Ernie Gault, Billy Caulfield, Bill Wright, Joe Clennell, Joe Donnachie.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Doig, Ephraim Longworth, Donald Mackinlay, John Bamber, Dick Carlisle, Hughes, Robert Waine, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Green, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
The goals: 1-0 Grenyer (20 min.), 1-1 Green, 2-1 W. Wright, 2-2 Lewis (45 min.), 3-2 W. Wright, 3-3 Green, 4-3 Clennell, 5-3 W. Wright (80 min.).

Today, at Goodison Park, the return “Derby” engagement was made very interesting by reason of the team sheets which showed Liverpool F.C, as introducing some more youngsters of promise, notably one Doig a goalkeeper, and son of the former Liverpool and “Talents” team (Sunderland).

Green, a local was also a “try-on” and if the pair fared as well as did Cross, the schoolboy, yesterday, they would more than suffice. The ground was very hard, and play was sound to be ragged.

The game was a quarter of an hour late. It will be noticed that Carlisle who played this morning for South Liverpool, played his second game. Jenkinson was hurt this morning, hence his non-appearance.

In the early stages there was nothing of particular note save a useful solo dribble by Wright. Everton played much better than yesterday, and the combination of Liverpool was very good. Longworth on the goal-line, kicked away shot, and Grenyer with the rebound seemed to have scored but the ball was looked in the side netting.

Mackinlay followed Longworth’s example when Clennell drove in a free kick. Lewis was in fine fettle and Wareing and Grenyer, by lobbing the ball to and from, trickled the holiday crowd, and these Everton players found a stern rival to popularity in the person of little Waine who was as full of tricks as a monkey.

A Trio of Goals
Caulfield was responsible for a dashing effort to score. The first goal of the day fell to Grenyer, who headed in a corner taken by Donnachie. Young Doig fielded the ball in confident manner.

Before half-time Metcalf took advantage of a mistake in defence to race forward. Pushing the ball forward he rounded the back in brilliant fashion and Mitchell advanced to meet him and collided with Metcalfe, Green being left with an open goal.

Hardly a minute had pass before W. Wright had again given Everton the lead, the ball travelling slow to the corner of the net, Doig being late to get down the ball.

Half-time; Everton 2, Liverpool 1.

The Second Half
Off his bat Lewis scored a fine goal. He had only a little room to work in and was sandwiched but by following up the ball he harassed the defence and beat Mitchell. Doig was again slow to sum up the situation.
(Liverpool Echo, 26-12-1917)

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Honours “even” in Derby matches
Honours are even between Everton and Liverpool in the holiday games for after being rather badly trounced on Christmas Day Everton turned the tables yesterday. There was a big holiday crowd present to see the game, and as spectators in the main go to see goals scored they had full value for their money, the nets being reached eight times, five going to the credit of Everton.

There were times when play was slow, and defenders were prone to take risks they would not have done had anything depended on the result, but generally it was an interesting match to watch, the pace being so fast at times that the men might never have heard of Christmas pudding.

Liverpool had a number of changes, Doig son of the old international, giving a cool display as custodian. Mackinlay who is so keen that he travelled from Leeds for the match, was left back, through Sam Speakman being injured, and did well while Longworth never made a mistake till he lost Wright through to score the last goal in the last minute.

Carlisle was in rare trim as pivot and Waine again captivated the crowd by his aggressiveness. Green showed calculation in feeding his wings. Lewis kept up his scoring and Schofield’s precise centres gave an inside men good chances.

Two other Southport men were in the ranks of the home team, Dossy Wright at back and Caulfield inside right, but neither did much till late in the game. The halves and left wing were the mainstay of the team, and the understanding between Clennell and Donnachie was a feature of the game, while of course, W. Wright more than justified his inclusion by scoring three times, thanks to following up.

The goals scorers were W. Wright (3), Grenyer and Clennell for Everton, and Green (2) and Lewis for Liverpool.
(Evening Express, 27-12-1917)

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