1. Gary Connolly, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Phil Veivers, 4. Mark
Bailey, 5. Les Quirk, 6. Shane Cooper, 7. Neil Holding,
8. Stuart Evans, 9. Paul Groves, 10. John Harrison, 11. Paul Forber, 12. Roy
Haggerty, 13. Bernard Dwyer. Sub: Darren Bloor, John Fieldhouse.
Goals: Paul Forber 2
The Premiership Trophy fixtures were always decided by
finishing league positions and Wigan finishing 2nd and Saints 7th meant a
repeat dress rehearsal before the sides met at Wembley in the cup final.
This game was played just 6 days before Wembley with both sides resting
players who would be in their Wembley sides a week later. Wigan had Dean
Bell, Joe Lydon, Shaun Edwards, Andy Gregory, Ian Potter and Ellery Hanley
absent whilst Saints were without Paul Loughlin, Tony Burke, Darren Bloor
and Aussie Loanees Michael O'Connor and Paul Vautin.
Heavy Rain before and during the match made this contest
a mud bath and opportunities at a premium. The first score only came in the
35th Minute with a penalty goal from Paul Forber. Wigan equalised on 50
minutes with a penalty from Steve Hampson and that 2-2 score held for the
next 15 minutes until Forber put Saints back ahead with a penalty goal for
4-2. Hampson missed two "simple" penalty goals to equalise in the final few
minutes but the prospect of a replay would not have appealed greatly I
suspect. Saints hung on to progress but it would be sweet revenge for Wigan
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