Liverpool shots fruitful

October 16, 1943
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jim Harley, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done, Alf Hanson.
Everton: George Burnett, Jack Jones, Norman Greenhalgh, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Billy Hallard (Bradford Park Avenue), Fred Roberts (Bury), Jimmy Caskie, George Murphy (Bradford City), Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh (Preston North End).

Liverpool proved last week that shooting was the important factor in football with six goals to their credit; and in the third minute at Anfield today they had opened their account in the return against Everton, through Harley, who had the ball nicely placed for him, and he hit it accurately and truly. Burnett was beaten, so Liverpool had once again started off in a promising way.

The football was fast and entertaining, and at seven minutes Everton had drawn level. Stevenson had robbed Balmer and swept the ball over to McIntosh, Liverpool defence moved up in an effort to throw McIntosh offside, but they were not quick enough, and McIntosh went on to score a capital goal.

Liverpool hit back and a shot whistled just outside the woodwork and when Hallard was fixing the ball to make a centre Harley popped up from nowhere to take it from his toe, so that a bright chance for Everton was lost.

Plenty Of Punch
Everton were producing plenty of punch, much more so than a week ago and Hobson had to save under the bar and Murphy failed to hit the ball aright. It was Liverpool, however, who took the next goal. Done being the root cause in that he started the movement which saw the ball pass from one to another before it finally came to him to shoot with his foot into the net. Liverpool were now sounding the Everton defence, and Done was almost through and Balmer came along with a grand shot that Burnett turned out of goal.

Balmer’s Goal
Everton changed their forward formation, shortly after that Caskie going to outside left and McIntosh centre forward. McIntosh did net the ball from a Caskie centre, but the referee disallowed the point. At 41 minutes Balmer scored Liverpool’s third goal, Done gave him the pass after some capital work by the Liverpool wing halve, and the half finished with a weak-shot by Stevenson.

Half-time; Liverpool 3, Everton 1.

On resuming Liverpool were not long in increasing their lead. It was Everton’s defence who faltered on this occasion, for they stood still in the belief that Harley was offside. The Liverpool winger, had, however, played to the whistle, and took the ball almost to the goal-line before the turned it back in front of the Everton goal and Nivvy had a simple task and took it.

At the hour, Everton reduced their arrears, Stevenson shooting in from close range. The margin between success and failure was extremely narrow. Liverpool, however, got hold of the game again and playing with great confidence and determination, Balmer headed a fifth goal from Harley’s centre. Near the end the same player shook the upright with a terrific drive. Final; Liverpool 5, Everton 2.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: October 16, 1943)

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