January 2, 1918
Liverpool made an excellent start in the subsidiary competition by defeating their near and dear rivals to the tune of four goals to one. It was a game of the very best type, clever and clean throughout, there not being a single bad foul.
The teams were level at half time, Ernie Gault with a rattling long drive wide of Kenneth Campbell, giving Everton a good start with the game only four minutes old, and it was not till the final minute before the interval that Tommy Bennett was so able to place Harry Lewis that the latter had only to tap the ball forward to match the half-time score one goal each.
But it must be said that this was not a just reflex of the game as Everton had been clearly better served in the half and forward lines and had a great deal more of the play. Campbell being kept much more busy then Tommy Fern.
However, there was a remarkable transformation in the second half, for within three minutes, Bennett lying on the ground in the goal-mouth, enabled Robert Waine to give the “Reds” the lead.
Afterwards Liverpool were a revelation. Every man played with the utmost determination and skill. Four minutes later Lewis, via Arthur Metcalf, notched the third, and Bennett completed Everton’s discomfiture in the match.
Where all were so good; it is difficult to single out individuals, but for the winners Ephraim Longworth and Billy Jenkinson were in fine form, and Campbell was very safe. Donald Mackinlay was in foraging mood, and of great assistance to George Schofield and Lewis.
Everton were the more polished in the opening stages, and the forwards were a combined force, always threatening danger. Gault had recovered his old vim, and Joe Clennell and Joe Donanchie were often a source of trouble.
Billy Wareing kept a watchful eye on Bennett. H. Bull and Billy Robinson after a capital commencement were unable to withstand the pressure applied afterwards. Fern had no chance with the shots that beat him.
Liverpool can look upon their first win of the year as a happy augury, which may lead to a double championship.
(Evening Express: January 2, 1918)