Not as exciting a “derby” game as some I have seen. Academically there was much to command it, but goal thrills were few. Liverpool took their chances, Everton refused theirs and played a little too close.
Everton’ O’Neill, goal; Moore and Clinton, backs; Grant, Humphreys, and Farrell (captain), half-backs; Buckle, Wainwright, Hold, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Liverpool; Sidlow, goal; Lambert, and Spicer, backs; Jones, Hughes, and Paisley, half-backs; Payne, Taylor, Stubbins, Balmer, and Liddell, forwards. Rferee; Mr. A. C. Denham (Preston).
A local “derby” is something entirely different to any other League game. There is an atmosphere about it, and when the teams came out in their usual pairings they received a great ovation.
Liddell Shoots Wide
The game started on time with Everton kicking into the Park goal, and when Taylor found Liddell there was a buzz of excitement, but the Liverpool winger shot hopelessly outside. Liddell came again with a long “heady” pass, intended for Stubbins, but the Liverpool leader was beaten by Humphreys. Then followed a long kick by Lambert which passed over Stubbins and which Humphreys allowed to travel along to his goalkeeper. The Everton folk had their turn when Fielding made a short-sharp dribble before finally dispatching the ball to Hold who, however, was too well covered to make any use of it. Payne was responsible for a good length centre hat Humphreys kicked clear, and then came the first stoppage, for an injury to Payne. This produced a free kick, which passed into history without doing any damage to the Everton defence. A back pass by an Everton man to his goalkeeper produced a corner to Liverpool, but young O’Neill got the ball away as it travelled towards the far post. Sidlow’s first call came after ten minutes play. He had to touch on a ball from Buckle, Wainwright picked up the clearance and tried a high powered shot which however, passed outside.
Hereabouts Everton were testing the Liverpool defence with some good-class football, and only an offside decision prevent Everton at least from getting in a shot. Eglington and Hold got themselves into a little tangle and this allowed Hughes to stand in and take the ball. Everton were now having a shade better of the play, although Sidlow were never under fire. Moore once read Paisley’s mind so perfectly that he moved into the right place for the pass he knew was destined for Liddell, and so the anticipated Liverpool attack was cut down very speedily. Everton were rather prone to get into offside positions and when Wainwright pushed a ball through the referee caught both Hold and Fielding in the trap. So far, there was nothing between the two clubs, but I did not think it was quite as exciting as some “derby” games, I have seen although there was some excellently conceived play. So far he respective defence had coped capably. Stubbins after being beaten in his race for the ball by Clinton managed to recover possession and cleverly kept the ball in play. Payne gave him full backing, and between them they engineered an opening from which Stubbins shot outside. It was nevertheless a nice movement. Liverpool were now in testing mood, and Clinton had to be very sound in his pass-back to O’Neill, for Stubbins was slap-bang on top of him.
Too Much Room
A quick change of position by Stubbins and Liddell ended with the Scot scooping the ball outside. I thought that the Everton defence gave Stubbins much too much room in which to set himself to deliver the ball to Liddell. Hold and Hughes had a little contest between themselves with the Liverpool man gaining the verdict. At this point Everton were attacking strongly and Buckle won a corner. He took it himself, and his in-swinger was so close that it hit the upright. An inch in his favour and a goal must have come, for I saw no one there who could have denied him. Eglington must be one of the fastest footballers in the game, but he found Lambert just as fleet of foot, and so far the Irishman had taken little change out of the Welsh international.
A Grand Goal
All this game needed was a goal. It would have brought a more electrifying atmosphere. This does not mean that the football was poor, it was not for there was some top-class passing. I had hardly dictated these words than Liverpool should come along with a goal at the 28th minute, and a grand goal it was too. It was started by Payne, who planted the ball right to Stubbins’s head, and the auburn-haired Liverpool leader nodded it safely home, to the joy of the Liverpool followers. The game had hardly restarted when Fielding dashed through and drove a shot fiercely for the Liverpool net, but Sidlow moved across his goal and punched the ball out. I thought Moore was in particularly good form. To emphasise this fact I have only to tell you that Liddell, so far had been well held. Liverpool, having tasted the sweets of a goal were keen to add another to their tally, and Stubbins after suggesting that he might pass the ball out to Liddell, quickly swerved into the middle and shot, but the ball was intercepted in transit to the Everton goal. Fielding and Eglington was the wing that created most trouble for Liverpool. The former, in particular as in grand form, and he looked after his colleague like a mother looks after here babe, so that between them they often had Liverpool’s defences spread-eagled without achieving a goal. Spicer twice brought down Buckle, and on the second occasion bringing free kick to Everton from which Grant shot a foot over the bar. One round of passing was greatly appreciated and it seemed with Grant pushing the ball through to Wainwright, but Hughes got his foot there first. Liverpool had not the finesse of Everton but when it came to accepting chances they were bang on the job and when Liddell crossed the ball Balmer’s head was there to direct it beyond O’Neill and into the net at 40 minutes.
Then followed a hot two minutes in front of the Everton goal, which was fortunate to escape further capitulation. Wainwright and Buckle did their utmost to tear asunder the Liverpool defence. They passed ad repassed in the hope that the opening would come but it never did. With half a minute to go to the interval Liddell once again supplied the centre which enabled Balmer to slip in goal number three, side-footing the ball along the ground, leaving O’Neill helpless.
Half-time; Everton 0, Liverpool 3
Everton opened the second half with a round of passing that was nice as a spectacle but that is all. It came tumbling down before Liverpool’s strong defence, and Jones must have run 20 yards with the ball without being tackled to ultimately slip it to Taylor who in turn helped it along to Liddell. The ball came to the Scot just as he likes it, but instead of hitting it home in his usual manner he put it back to Taylor, who had not expected such a happening.
It was hereabouts that Clinton completely missed connecting with the ball, ad things looked desperate for the Everton defence but it managed to extricate itself from a difficult position. Liverpool were now playing with the confidence that three goals lead can give, and Stubbins made another grand header from Payne’s centre and there was only a coating of paint between the ball and the upright as it passed outside. It is worthy of note that the frame work of Stubbins hader was made by six Liverpool men without an Everton man getting in touch with the ball.
Calling The Tune
Liverpool were right on top now, and when Payne cut in a fourth goal seemed to be on the cards, but O’Neill parried the ball which came out to Stubbins who tried to improve on Payne’s work, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper. Sidlow had to save a lobbed header, but it was Liverpool who were calling the tune now. What is more they were doing it with some considerable ease, and when Payne sent a long cross ball beyond the Everton goal Liddell came up to make a header that had the fierceness of a shot about it. But the ball passed outside. The Blues were inclined to keep the ball too close. They had done this in the first half, and the result was that the Liverpool defence stepped in time and again to cut attacks down at the roots.
Buckle kicked right round the ball but this did not hold up the Everton attack for the ball went out to Eglington who shot hard at goal but had a shade too much lift in his effort. After O’Neill had punched out a centre by Liddell, Everton, moved forward by academic football only to see the final pass go astray. When Everton were awarded a penalty kick for a foul by Spicer on Hold, who was definitely elbowed off, a goal seemed assured for the Blues, but Wainwright, who took the spot kick, made a hopeless attempts, lashing the ball at least four yards outside the upright. O’Neill dealt very confidently with a shot by Stubbins, which gave one the impression that it would pass over the bar. The ball seemed to dip in the last second, and O’Neill found it necessary to turn it over the bar.
Stubbins was unlucky when he tried to dribble his way through to what would have been a neat goal. He maneuvered the ball exceedingly well, but when it came to the business of shooting he slipped up and lost possession. Hughes once stopped the ball six yards from his own goal, his through pass, however, set the Liverpool machinery in motion, and it cut through the Everton ranks like a knife through butter. The only poor thing about it from the Liverpool point of view was that it finished on a tame note – no shot to follow.
Nearly A Fourth
Liverpool had an opportunity of marking up a fourth goal when, when Taylor collected the ball over on the far side of the goal. Admittedly the angle was a poor one, but Goring had scored from a similar position earlier in the week. Taylor’s shot swirled right across the goal face and away to safety. Liverpool did not seem to be stressing the point, three goals lead was ample as the Everton forwards never really promised to break down the Liverpool defence. Fielding did have one good shot which went soaring over the bar, so close in fact I though Sidlow had helped it over, but such was not the case. Almost on time Eglington scored for Everton just after Sidlow had saved from Buckle. This was a goal out of the blue. Final; Everton 1, Liverpool 3.
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