Saturday, February 10 – 1945
Match: Football League, War Cup, Qualifying, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Everton 3-1 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. P. Snape (Swindon).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor (C), Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic), Horace Cunmer (Arsenal).
Everton (2-3-5): George Burnett, George Jackson, Norman Greenhalgh, Jack Grant, Maurice Lindley, Gordon Watson, Wally Boyes, Stan Bentham, Tomm Lawton (C), Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh (Preston North End).
The goals: 1-0 Cumner (15 min., assist: Welsh), 1-1 Lawton (67 min., assist: Grant), 2-1 Nieuwenhuys (70 min., assist: Cumner), 3-1 Cumner (81 min., assist: Nieuwenhuys)
The Liverton goals:
* Liverpool took the lead in 15 minutes, and it was not underserved although it might have been saved. Taylor and Welsh moved the ball swiftly across the line of attack, and it went to Cumner who darted in towards goal, CUMNER tried a half centre and the ball dropped just under the bar and into the net, Burnett jumping too late.
* It was the enterprise of Grant and the deadiness of Tommy Lawton’s head which brought the equaliser in 67 minutes. Boyes took a quick throw-in and the ball came back to Grant, who moved forward and centred bang in front of the post, where LAWTON leaped over three players to score a magnificent goal.
* Liverpool regained the lead in 70 minutes through Nieuwenhuys from a corner. Cumner placed the ball on to the penalty spot and NIEUWENHUYS raced in at top speed to leap above a bunch of players and head into the net.
* Liverpool seemed to have made sure of the game in 81 minutes when Cumner increased their lead. The Everton defence was caught on one let again, and Nieuwenhuys’s speed to the ball left them un-positioned, so that although the ball ran beyond Nieuwenhuys, it was ready made for the in-running CUMNER to drive into the net from close range.