December 14, 1918
Match: Lancashire Section, Principal, at Ewood Park.
Blackburn Rovers – Liverpool 1-2 (1-2).
Blackburn Rovers (2-3-5): Gaskell; Fred Duckworth, Birmingham; G. Chapman; Cornthwaite, Morris (Preston North End),
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott, Billy Jenkinson, Sam Speakman, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Haorld Wadsworth, Arthur Metcalf, Thomas Green, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
The goals: 1-0 Morris (30 min.). 1-1 Metcalf (32 min.), 1-2 Metcalf (35 min.).
The game at Ewood (says a Blackburn critic) was one of the fastest and finest seen this season, and the satisfactory part of it was that against a formidable side the Rovers acquitted themselves ably. One could scarcely say that their standard of play was on a level with that of their opponents, but what they lacked in style and method they partly compensated for by bustle and tenacity.
They gave the Liverpool defenders plenty of anxiety, and they have never attacked s dangerously for a long time. They had the distinction of opening the scoring, and had they exercised caution at this stage they might have at least shared the points. The forwards, however, showed a tendency to adopt close tactics, with fatal results. All three goals were scored in the last five minutes prior to the interval.
The home defenders worked untiringly and with plenty of success. Gaskell saved in numerous shots, while F. Duckworth and Birmingham tackled cleverly Liverpool’s able line of forwards. Birmingham in particular played a superb game. Chapman was far more serviceable in the intermediate line than at forward, and he was flanked by two men who much harassed the wing men. The forwards worked together commendably, and for the most part adopted admirable tactics. In the second half, however, Beattie was slow, and spoiled many promising offensives.
For Liverpool, Speakman displayed good form, and the half-back were a businesslike trio. They fed well. H. Wadsworth was a dangerous forward, and Lewis proved a capital shot. The inside men, however, lacked method when near goal.
(Liverpool Echo, 16-12-1918)