1. Alan Tait, 2. Jonathan Davies, 3. Andy Currier, 4. Darren
Wright, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. David Hulme, 7. Paul Hulme,
8. Kurt Sorensen, 9. Phil McKenzie, 10. Joe Grima, 11. Mike O'Neill, 12.
Emosi Koloto, 13. Richie Eyres. Sub: Barry Dowd
Martin Offiah 3, Kurt Sorensen, Paul Hulme, Phil McKenzie
Jonathan Davies 4
So a title decider had been set up between these two
meeting on the final day of the 1988/89 season. The match went ahead despite
being in the shadow of the Hillsborough Disaster which had unfolded at the
FA Cup Semi Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest the day before.
Wigan had won 16 games in both league and cup to get this far having been
nine points off the league leadership in mid January.
Wigan got off to the perfect start with Andy Currier
kicking the kick off out on the full. Straight away, Andy Platt ghosted
through the Widnes defence to make it 6-0 after Joe Lydon converted against
his old club. Jonathan Davies missed two penalties to settle Widnes down but
in the 18th Minute, Alan Tait sent Martin Offiah over but the conversion
missed. Next in the 26th Minute, Widnes made another blunder. Darren Wright
was trapped on the last tackle with ball in hand and Wigan used the
territory to score through Andy Goodway. Lydon converted again for 12-4 to
Wigan. That would have been a fantastic position for Wigan to take into half
time but Widnes found a crucial try just before the hooter. Offiah scooped
up a loose ball to go under the posts and Davies converted for a 12-10 half
Widnes then became the stronger side second half with
tries from Kurt Sorensen, Offiah (completing his hat-trick) and Paul Hulme
putting Widnes in good control. Ellery Hanley pulled a try back in the 64th
Minute but Widnes had already done too much damage. Phil McKenzie's try
three minutes from time ensured the championship would stay in Widnes but
the match ended in farce with home supporters pouring onto the pitch before
time had been played out.
Widnes 10 Wigan 12
John Holdsworth (Kippax)
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