England and Ireland played a
drawn game on the ground of the Liverpool Club yesterday, each side
scoring three goals.
Of late years some rather
unkind things have been said of international matches, but yesterday's
large crowd should have gone away well pleased. They saw a game in which
every man was all out from start to finish, in which there was plenty of
good football and not a few flashes of brilliance, and the result of
which hung in the balance to the very last kick. On the whole, the
selectors of the England side should also be pleased, for it seems as if
they had at last found the core at least of a really homogeneous side.
Wisdom and necessity will doubtless dictate one or two changes, but the
essential understanding is there. England were, indeed, a little unlucky
not to win this match...
The Irish left wing broke away
with some brilliant inter-passing that completely beat the defence.
McInroy managed to get the ball a few yards away, but Gillespie seized
upon it, and scored a well-deserved goal with a fine rising shot. Three
minutes later Brown equalized with a similar shot, following a free kick
for a foul...
For more than half an hour the
English attack had done everything but score, and immediately Ireland,
whose spasmodic raids had seldom looked dangerous, scored a quite
unexpected goal. It was certainly a clever forward pass that gave Davey
his chance, and excellently he took it, with a hard, high shot from some
20 yards' distance just as he was tackled by Wadsworth, but it did look
as though McInroy, who got a hand to the ball, should have been able to
prevent a goal. Ireland's lead at half-time was very soon wiped out by a
magnificent shot from Spence that gave Scott no chance, but they soon
regained it from an even more brilliant effort by Toner...
When the inevitable goal came
at last, it was from the other wing, Brown taking a good centre from
Spence and shooting well out of Scott's reach before he could be
- The Times - Thursday 21st