Phil’s thunder sinks Carlisle United
Liverpool had to survive first-half in which Carlisle made them look anything but champions. But after Bill Shankly’s half-time pep talk the transformation was staggering and Phil Boersma hit the first killer goal within four minutes. John Toshack’s cross was shrewdly shielded by Kevin Keegan, who played it back into Boersma’s path. And Boersma struck home a thundering drive.
For all their efforts in the second-half, Carlisle were never convincing again. They might have equalised in fifty-six minutes when an effort from Les O’Neill shot off Ray Clemence’s arm to bounce against a post.
But Liverpool were safe in round five with a home tie against Ipswich when Brian Hall darted cleverly into the penalty area eight minutes from the end and Toshack drove his short pass wide of Allan Ross.
Earlier Carlisle had thrown players forward in search for a first goal. With Joe Laidlaw attacking on the left and Dennis Martin and Ray Train playing convincingly, Clemence had to dive to save a header from Martin and rush from his line to cut off a shot from O’Neill.
Tommy Smith was booked late in the game – his second caution of the tie.
Copyright - Daily Mirror, 30-01-1974 - transcribed by Kjell Hanssen