Previous on Saturday the Everton Club had not been overburdened with good fortune in their League games this season, but the fluke goddess was in a most generous humour when they came to tackle Liverpool and as if to compensate for earlier lack of attention, simply overwhelmed them in favours. A glorious victory-the first of the present campaign- and a golden hoard, amassing over £1100, were amongst her donations, and in achieving their success the fortunate players gained more than their share of the luck that was floating around. Even nature itself was in a beautiful mood, the day being an ideal one for football, though perhaps more sultry than the combatants in the Herculean struggle appreciated for judging from their paces in the last quarter of an hour. The previous exertions had told very forcibly upon both teams. No wonder, then that the Everton supporters chuckled with unconcealed delighted at being the recipients of such a concatenation of favours, whilst an unconcreditable feeling of serene satisfaction pervaded the breasts of those whose duty it is to direct the fortune of the club. Close upon 40,000 persons witnessed the rivals clubs strive for supremacy, the company including a select party from Knowsley, and the Hon F.Stanley was prevailed upon to open the game.
For 23 minutes the play favoured Liverpool, who displayed fine combination in the attacking lines, but did not cause Kitchen too much in easiness and considering the opportunities they had the Reds forwards should have been ahead during this period. Then came one of those kaleidoscopic changes, which constitute the chief charm of sport, and which in five minutes play Everton in an invincible position, and caused gloom of the darker hue in the Anfield camp. A quick rush on the Everton right wing ended in Sharp cleverly eluding Dunlop the centre came accurately across, and after some exciting work in the goalmouth Brearley shot against Perkins, but the same player securing from the rebound, found the net. Liverpool dashed away, but Sharp was once more given the ball, and another splendid centre enabled Young to come up at full speed and breast a second goal. Still a third was forthcoming, for Sharp again crossed to the goalmouth, the ball was kicked out to Abbott, who steadied himself, and whizzed in a terrific shot, which Perkins never even saw. And this was how Everton won. Liverpool did score from a penalty given against Balmer for jumping and handling the ball, within the prescribed area, but their one failing stuck to them throughout; they couldn't do the right thing near goal. They had no luck with their best efforts, but Raybould appeared to register a second goal, which the referee disallowed apparently for impeding the goalkeeper, while Goddard sent in a lovely shot in the last minute that Kitchen did well to even get at. The cause of Everton's success, and the consequent downfall of their rivals, was solely a matter of one making better use of their chances, when near goal than their opponents. In actual play, Liverpool held a decided advantage and this despite the excellent work accomplished by the home halves, for their forwards displayed capital combination, did no dally or hesitate when in possession, but just lacked the dash at the critical stage, which would have turned their previous excellent movements to substantial advantage. Nothing better than Goddard work was seen in the match, he is a most gentlemanly yet withal exceedingly effective player, and with a delightfully appearance of languid efforts lures the unwary defenders to his downfall, leaving him in the rare with ease. He went across some excellent centres, but unfortunately for his side none who turned to account.
Curious enough it was in the extreme right of the Everton front line that most danger arose, and Sharp fairly covered himself with glory during that exhilarating five minutes in the first half. He completely bewildered Dunlop, who at this stage seemed unable to hold his opponents in hand, and he displayed some masterly touches in retaining possession of the ball until the moment for crossing to the centre arrived when the leather was driven with unerring aim to its billet. Raybould again gave a very fine exhibition in the centre. Morris played a capital game on the left wing, but Cox could not get away from Taylor, who must have carried out his instruction to a nicely. Had the Liverpool forwards shown the same skill in shooting of had they even infused just an extra bit of vigour into their work near goal, they must at least have shared the points, but their shooting lacked keenest, and this led to their overthrow. The excellent work of the Everton half back was the most prominent feature of their side's display, and they backed up their forwards most persistency. Consequently, Young shaped better in the centre than he has before this season, and both Brearley and Sheridan gave evidence that their football ability is of no means order. They deserve great credit for pouncing on to every possible chance, and when they did get away they were always more dangerous than the Liverpool front rank. Taylor played a splendid game at half, but as a matter of fact Booth and Abbott were little behind in efficiency, and this line bore off the honours of the game. The Liverpool trio showed a considerable improvement upon their previous week's performance, though Raisbeck is not yet at his best, and Parry was the most prominent, though Goldie performed well. Further behind the teams were on an equality, Balmer and Glover being the pick of the full backs. Henderson played a very poor game, and seems altogether lacking in resource; whilst Dunlop though kicking sturdily at times had a very had spell in the first half. The Liverpool defence is not exactly fulfilling anticipations, and eight goals dropped in four matches implies a weakness which needs attention. Kitchen kept a capital goal, but despite the good work of the team generally Everton were fortunate in winning by a margin of two goals, for on the play, a drawn game would have been an accurate result.
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