Liverpool Reserves v Everton Reserves 3-2 (Liverpool Cup: April 17, 1939)

April 17, 1939
Match: Liverpool Cup, Semi-Final, at Anfield.
Liverpool Reserves – Everton Reserves 3-2 (1-2).
Referee: Mr. T. Campbell.
Liverpool Reserves (2-3-5): Eric Mansley, Keith Peters, Bernard Ramsden, Stan Eastham, Jack Easdale, John Browning, Ron Jones, Cyril Done, John Shafto, George Paterson, Harry Eastham.
Everton Reserves (2-3-5): George Burnett, George Jackson, Jack Jones, Maurice Lindley, Charlie Gee, George Milligan, Richard Barber, Jimmy Cunliffe, Robert Bell, Norman Sharp, William Keenan.
The goals: 0-1 Cunliffe, 0-2 Barber, 1-2 H. Eastham, 2-2 Paterson, 3-2 Ramsden.

Image: Burnett (Everton) saving from Shafto (Liverpool), second from left, in the Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-2.
1939 Liverpool Senior Cup semi final image

Liverpool last night qualified to meet Tranmere Rovers in the final of the Liverpool senior cup by beating Everton by 3 goals to 2 at Anfield. The merit of the victory lay in the fact that early on Everton took a 2 goal lead, and this Liverpool were set against the odds.

On paper Everton had the better side. They were easily the better team in action until Eastham took an early goal just before the interval, to give his side the encouragement they required.

In the second half, goals came from two free kicks, and both direct. Paterson (g) drifted in the first which somehow evaded everyone, but in the case of the second Ramsden’s fierce drive was never in much danger of not finding the bride of the net.

Afterwards Liverpool seemed the more likely to make progress. Everton lost their way once Easdale got a grip on their three inside forwards. The young Scot played brilliantly and the Everton front line was made to look very innocuous. Easdale was good in every department and on this display his club may feel the time to give him valuable first team experience.

Shafto was working hard all the time and Ramsden was a standard too much for Barber and others but to be candid there was very little worth, while play on either side.

The ground was hard and it was a go-as-you-please occasion until Liverpool generated a little interest with their recovery.

Everton’s best were Jones and Jackson and Lindley. Lindley is a promising at half-back proposition as Easdale moreover he has a better physique. Keenan had moments of inspiration before he was injured. Harry Eastham was also injured late on and Bell put in a few clever touches, But Everton were not impressive. Even so, they should have held the lead by goals from Cunliffe and Barber.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 18-04-1939)

Sir Thomas Brocklebank and Messrs Harry Mansley and Shaw represented the Chester club at Anfield, last evening when Liverpool advanced to the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup by beating Everton 3-2. Liverpool fought back spiritedly after being two goals down in 22 minutes.

My Chester friends were having a peep at Jonny Browning, who is a Liverpool’s transfer list, but I am afraid the fee asked is beyond them. I fancy the Reds can do business here if they revise their views on this financial point.

I was impressed by the tremendous advancement made by Jack Easdale, Liverpool’s 19-year-old centre half. Eric Mansley, the former Chester lad, made his home debut for the Reds, and did well, especially with direct shots, and I was pleased to see Cyril Done coming right back to his game.

Everton’s scorers were Cunliffe and barber, who netted early on. Harry Eastham reduced and in the second half, when Liverpool were bang on top. Paterson and Ramsden scored from free kicks.

Everton’s defence fell away after the interval, but there was one player who never erred. This was Maurice Lindley the right half-back. Lucky the clubs to possesses two such youngsters as Easdale and Lindley.

Liverpool face Tranmere Rovers in the final of the competition.
(Evening Express, 18-04-1939)

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