England beat Ireland at Goodison
Park, Everton, yesterday by two goals to one. Liverpool is a good place
in which to hold an Association International match against Ireland, for
there is an Irish atmosphere about the place even before the steamers
from Dublin and Belfast have docked, and the ground yesterday afternoon
was full of green and Irish enthusiasm...
After 18 minutes' play came
England's first goal, and a splendid one it was. Bastin pushed the ball
out to Brook, turned his centre inside to Bestall, who held the ball
while Bastin ran forward for the return pass, which he met, and Breen
had not the slightest chance of saving his shot...
Ireland went off with a rush
after the restart, and, after five minutes' play, they drew level. An
attack developed on the left, Ireland's stronger wing, and the one on
which they played for the greater part of the game, and an attempt to
clear only led to Stevenson getting possession of the ball some 12 yards
out and driving in a shot which nearly broke the back of the net...
Soon afterwards Hapgood handled
in the penalty area, and after some delay Coulter advanced to take the
kick ; his shot hit the cross-bar, and a great opportunity was lost...
The game continued to go from
end to end, and it was not until 20 minutes from the finish that Bastin
scored the goal which decided the fate of the game. Bastin placed the
ball out to Crooks, and, as is his usual custom, ran forward, but he
could not control it. The ball ran almost to the goal-line ; Bastin got
it ; turned towards the corner-flag ; swung round, and got in a shot
from an angle which mathematically ought to have been impossible. - The Times -
7th February, 1935