THE PENALTY DERBY.
Two Spot Kicks at Anfield.
Hodgson and Dean.
Liverpool Lead in A Stirring Battle
Liverpool and Everton met at Anfield, in summer weather, before a surprisingly large crowd. Teams: - Liverpool: - Riley goal; Cooper and Tennant, backs; Savage, Bradshaw and McDougall (captain), half-backs; Niewenhuys, Hodgson, Wright, Johnson, and Hanson, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Coulter and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. A. Taylor if Ince (Wigan).
There were surprising changes. Stein returned to the Everton team and Coulter was inside left through Stevenson suffering neuritis. On the other side Kane made his debut in these “Derby” games, Riley having failed to get over a knee injury of last Saturday. This was Jones Jackson and Coulter’s first appearance in the local “Derby” also Kane, Cooper and Savage. Tom Johnson, for the first time had a First Division run against his old club. Moss, the Arsenal goalkeeper, is being presented with the ball with which he scored his romantic goal v. Everton, and the ball is being autographed by the players. The players came out together in customary “Derby” day formation. Everton won the toss which meant their goalkeeper was under the shadow created by Spion Kop and the sun shone in the eyes of Liverpool. Stein and Johnson had words of companionship and it was seen that Johnson had arranged to recall the well-known Everton opening phrase. The ball was slung across to the outside right position, where Jones pictured the ball passing out to touch, whereas Nivvy very cleverly centred it at an angle that appeared to make a goal-impossible. The Everton goalkeeper was surprised to see the ball flop out of goal but on to the top net. Although Hanson was offside when he shot, the crowd did not hesitate to say “marvellous” when they saw pace of his efforts. Dean’s resumption in the Everton team synchronized with a wonderful “ducker” header. “Nivvy” was the outstanding man of the early play, and only a sharp look-out by Jackson prevented the winger from scoring after which we saw the strength of Cunliffe’s best shot.
Coulter Fists away.
The game had not been going five minutes before Coulter was cautioned by the referee for a tap altogether foreign to the customary “Derby” game methods of play. Bradshaw was prominent, hooking the ball over his head, but when Gee staved of a Nivvy centre but conceding a corner, the result was a goal in the making. The Everton defence was in zig-zag formation when Wright was about to headed into what was virtually an open goal. Coulter had fallen back to help the defence and could not resist the temptation to fist away, the result being a penalty kick, with Hodgson as usual the taker and a goal which gave Sagar no chance. Everton improved and after Stein had headed at a wrong angle with quite a nice pass Britton made his well known lob, and Dean stepped in to attempt the connection, but remarkable to relate the harassed goalkeeper saw the ball bounce in front of goal and travel over the crossbar –a remarkable escape.
A Second Penalty.
The equaliser in seventeen minutes was also a penalty kick. There was a debate about Dean’s position when a goalkick was being taken by Kane, Dean always insist on challenging the goalkeeper in these circumstances and as he dashed in Tennant made a definite body charge, and in the estimation of the referee pulled Dean over. Tennant complaint that dean did something to him. However, the referee was emphatic and instant about the decision and in spite of the groans of the people behind the goal, Dean took the spot kick and scored in spite of the attempted save by Kane, whose left hand was knocked up in the attempt to save his goal. Everton had quite recovered from their faults and in a game full of incident and with a suggestion of bite about it, Britton went through the ranks and for once Dean failed to head accurately and moreover had a free kick given against him for a foul on Bradshaw. Geldard in particularly and others in turn claimed that when Dean headed the ball across the face of goal a goal had been scored. The referee said “No” and so Kane, by rushing across and tapping the ball down, had saved his side. Sagar did likewise when making a well-timed fall by the goalpost from Hanson’s header which had been planted very accurately.
Half a minute before half-time Hodgson scored a winning lead. The ball came from the left and Wright helped it on its way. When a lob was made towards the right wing Thomson seemed to hesitate before realising the ball was hanging in the air. He and “Nivvy” went up together to head the ball, and when the ball dropped Nivvy kicked it forward to Hodgson who put in a fast ground shot wide of Sagar’s right arm –a sensational conclusion to a very earnest first half.
Half-time Liverpool 2 Everton 1.
It struck me that the attendance was about 32,000. There was a free kick against Johnson, and the Kop saw how near a foul followed from Gee’s kick through a charge to Dean’s back. Gee made a possible equaliser Dean turning the ball to the left, where Coulter was steadying himself for a winning shot, only to be charged over. Johnson brought in his right foot to test Sagar at the foot of the post Geldard;’s centre found Kane able. Gee was brought into the referee’s conference, and a definite threat of sending off was announced by the referee if there was any further offence. One of the greatest successes of the day had been the referee.
WHEN REVENGE IS SWEET
Dickinson Vice Dean at Portsmouth.
Liverpool’s Worthy Win
Revenge is sweet if not revengeful. Liverpool got their deserts in the
return “Derby” game after a match well worth the holiday makers’
attention. It was closer than the score suggests, yet Liverpool had such
gilt-edged chances late on that there should have been no doubt about
the marginal note. However the better side won, and now the season will
centre upon which team will finish ahead Liverpool or Everton. Let us
give praise to the Wigan referee Mr. Taylor for courtly behavior and
control. He was the best man on the field, after the band. Everton’s
change of attack –there has been an evidence of this lately, through
injuries to the regular side –did not work out at all well, and Coulter
went outside left, only to stumble into Tom Cooper in his most rugged
form. It was a game of hard knocks and some bitterness at times, but the
referee kept it going to its bitter end with fine control. Penalty
kicks are generally a matter of stern argument; here there could be
none, and it is only left to say Sagar had no chance with Hodgson’s
drive and Kane knuckled under to Dean’s effort and so sent his bones
back and the ball flying up into the air. I think it was a nice tribute
of Bradshaw and Tennant, who had done so much grafting work that they
should publicly shake Kane by the hand as token of their estimation of
his work against Dean’s header and his flying shot –a great shot and a
greater save. Liverpool has always been renowned for its goalkeepers, and
now a new name cannot be forgotten. Yes, Kane was able. Neither side
was impressive in attack after the first half; they did not line up
satisfactorily, and Everton lacked shot all along the line spite the
propelling forces of Geldard, Britton, and Thomson. On the other hand
Savage warmed to his work, and his throw-in were an object lesson to the
tap-back fetish that has grown into a regular disease with some
throwers. I have the warmest words for all Liverpool’s defence.
Bradshaw, Cooper, McDougall and Tennant in particular, and to Nivvy I
award the palm for fleetness of foot and ability to centre accurately
without wasting a ball by putting it over the line.
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