FA Premier League – Sunday 04 October 2015 Kick off 1:30 pm
Everton V Liverpool – At Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool
With Everton slight favourites for a derby in the first time in a long time and Liverpool fielding no local born players for the first time anyone can remember, all was set for an interesting afternoon. It began fast and furious as you would expect a Derby to be. There were little chances created early on, Daniel Sturridge almost got in from a low cross from Danny Ings on 9 minutes but it was well blocked by Phil Jagelka.
The first real chance came on 23 minutes after James Milner was set up from a lovely though ball by Philipe Coutiniho. Tim Howard made the save as Milner tried to put it low. Then Everton had their best spell. A Ross Barklay free kick found Stephen Naismith in space to force a fine save from Simon Mignolet. The keeper was called into action again when James McCarthy hit a long range effort which forced another good save.
Against the run of play Liverpool took the lead. James Milner’s corner was headed down and into the net by Danny Ings to score his thrid of the season and give the reds the lead. He worked himself into space after poor marking from Barklay.
GOAL – 41 MINUTES – Everton 0 LIVERPOOL 1 – DANNY INGS
A terrible mistake by Emre Can let Everton back in before the break. He miscued a clearance from a cross which Romelu Lukaku latched onto with a first time strike into the corner to get Everton deservedly level at the break.
GOAL – 45 MINUTES – EVERTON 1 Liverpool 1 – ROMELU LUKAKU
Half Time – Everton 1 (Lukaku 45) Liverpool 1 (Ings 41)
The second half completely lost it’s way and descended into a dull midfield affair with few serious chances made by either side. Lucas Leiva was lucky not to be sent off after a trip on Barklay and Emre Can who had also been booked also made one or two challenges close to the line. The only real chance of the second half came after everton put Aaron Lennon on who looked lively and played a lovely through ball for Lukaku who could only direct his shot straight at Mignolet.
There was a flashpoint near the end between Mamadou Skaho and Lukaku that saw both booked, Sakho was a little lucky other players stepped in as he had appeared to have seen the red mist. Everton had most possession in the last few minutes with Liverpool playing on the break, Liverpool’s back line looked shaky in possession while Everton looked solid with a fine performance at the back from Tyias Browning keeping Sturrdige and Coutiniho quiet for most of the game. Nothing more was being created and the game played out to the inveitable draw. A point which does not really help either side and will be seen as a missed opportunity for both.
MOON OF LIBERTY FINAL SCORE
Everton (1) 1 (Lukaku 45) Liverpool (1) 1 (Ings 41)
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Tyias Browning (Everton)