1. John Myler, 2. Rick Thackray, 3. Andy Currier, 4. Darren Wright, 5.
Martin Offiah, 6. Barry Dowd, 7. David Hulme,
8. Derek Pyke, 9. Phil McKenzie, 10. Steve O'Neill, 11. Kurt Sorensen, 12.
Mike O'Neill, 13. Richie Eyres.
Goals: (None) Drop Goals: John Myler 1
Wigan had already beaten Second in the Table Bradford and
third placed Leeds in the cup so far, now they had to face league leaders
Widnes and all before the Semi Finals. Wigan were buoyed by their victory at
Naughton Park in the league the previous Sunday but were still absent of the
transfer listed Ellery Hanley. The pitch at Central Park was heavily sanded,
after being a mud bath in recent weeks, and this slowed the teams down into
a gruelling forwards battle. Widnes did well to survive losing David Hulme
in the sin bin for a late hit on Andy Gregory and with limited scoring
action they decided to kick a drop goal through John Myler in the 35th
Minute for a 1-0 lead.
Widnes started the second half far the better side and on
55 minutes they had a "try" by Mike O'Neill controversially disallowed
because Richie Eyres had been deemed in touch when TV Replays suggested
Wigan got a lucky call off the touch judge. Then, a couple of minutes later,
Eyres himself looked like he'd scored near the posts but referee Jim Smith
called him held up with Ged Byrne seemingly having pulled off an amazing try
The game ended up turning Wigan's way on the hour when
Edwards avoided Rick Thackray's tackle to get a scruffy kick away towards
the posts. Myler fumbled it and from the scrum, Gregory fed Steve Hampson,
who's long looping pass got Tony Iro in the left corner. Henderson Gill's
conversion was woefully wide but Wigan had a crucial 4-1 lead. That score
held right until the 76th Minute when Steve Hampson's dummy beat Andy
Currier for the try, Kevin Iro converting to seal a 10-1 success.
Wigan 0 Widnes 1
Jim Smith (Halifax)
Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand"
1987-1988 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Saturday 27th February 1988
Wigan 10 Widnes 1 (BBC Grandstand)
Sunday 28th February 1988
Hull 27 Doncaster 12
Hull Kingston Rovers 4 Halifax 26
Salford 22 St Helens 18
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