1. David Lyon, 2. Des Drummond, 3. Paul Cullen, 4. Paul
Darbyshire, 5. Tony Thorniley, 6. John Woods, 7. Robert Turner,
8. Steve Roach, 9. Mark Roskell, 10. Les Boyd, 11. Mark Thomas, 12. Billy
McGinty, 13. Mike Gregory. Subs: Basil Richards, Ronnie Duane.
Goals: John Woods 3
This Challenge Cup Semi Final was played at Maine Road in
Manchester. Wigan's discipline was lacking early with John Woods kicking two
penalty goals to put them 4-0 up inside eight minutes. That lead was be held
all the way until the 38th Minute when Wigan scored. Dean Bell escaped a
tackle attempt by Paul Cullen and was able to slip Joe Lydon in the corner
for a try but the missed conversion left the score 4-4 at half time.
The game remained tight second half with the deadlock
only being broken by Woods kicking a third penalty for Warrington in the
59th Minute. That put Warrington 6-4 up but Lydon kicked a penalty himself
to level in the 68th Minute. The prospect of a replay was beginning to loom
as the match ended the final ten minutes but it the 72nd Minute, Lydon
hammered an amazing drop goal from inside his own half to put Wigan 7-6
ahead. Soon after he missed a penalty to put Wigan 9-6 up but the match was
sealed in the last minute when Hanley made a half break down the right wing
and chipped back inside to get Shaun Edwards in for a try. Lydon converted
to end Warrington's hope and set up a final with St Helens.
Wigan 4 Warrington 4
Robin Whitfield (Widnes)
1988-1989 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Finals
Saturday 11th March 1989
St Helens 16 Widnes 14 (at Central Park, Wigan - BBC Grandstand)
Saturday 25th March 1989
Wigan 13 Warrington 6 (at Maine Road, Manchester - BBC Grandstand)
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