Rochdale v Liverpool 1-2 (League match: September 14, 1918)

September 14, 1918
Match: Lancashire Section Primary Competition., at Spotland.
Rochdale – Liverpool 1-2 (1-2).
Attendance: 8,000.
Referee: Mr. J.H. Alderson.
Rochdale (2-3-5): Kay; Hayes, Crossman; Bunting, O’Connell, Duckworth; Goodwin, Thomson, Thomas, Billy Halligan, Smith.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Billy Connell; Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson; John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Harold Wadsworth, Thomas Green, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
The goals: 0-1 Lewis, 0-2 Green, 1-2 Own goal (Connell).

Antrocious weather did not interfere with a rousing, vigorous game between Liverpool and Rochdale, at Spotland. The contest in its concluding stages was rather more vigorous than polite owing to the home team’s anxiety to stave off defeat. A doubtful decision with regard to a free kick where the ball was driven into the net without touching a second player many have robbed Rochdale of an equaliser, though in any event the Anfielders were easily the better side. In both attack and defence they showed much clever combination and understanding than their opponents, and fully deserved these two points. The three goals scored all came in the first half, Lewis opening the ball with a neat effort which was afforded by a swinging pass. This point was followed a few seconds later by a second goal, Green putting the finishing touch to a very creditable combined movement. Rochdale showed dash and tenacity after this double reverse, and following upon a corner Thomas sent in a high shot, which Connell unfortunately put into his own goal.
(Liverpool Echo, 16-09-1918)

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