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10th March 1990: St Helens 14 Wigan 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 27 2013 - 16:03

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Saturday 10th March 1990

St Helens 14 Wigan 20
Old Trafford, Manchester
Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Final

Kick Off: 3:00pm


Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson  T   
2.  Ged Byrne  T   
3.  Joe Lydon    G4 
4.  Kevin Iro    
5.  Mark Preston    
6.  Shaun Edwards    
7.  Andy Gregory    
8.  Adrian Shelford    
9.  Martin Dermott    
10.  Andy Platt    
11.  Denis Betts    
12.  Andy Goodway  T   
13.  Ellery Hanley    
Sub.  Bobby Goulding    
Sub.  Ian Gildart    

St Helens 

1. Gary Connolly, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Phil Veivers, 4. Paul Loughlin, 5. Les Quirk, 6. Tommy Frodsham, 7. Sean Devine, 8. Paul Forber, 9. Paul Groves, 10. George Mann, 11. Bernard Dwyer, 12. Roy Haggerty, 13. Shane Cooper. Subs: Mark Bailey, Andy Bateman.

Tries: Sean Devine, Les Quirk
Goals: Paul Loughlin 3


In a repeat of the previous season's final, Wigan met Saints in the Challenge Cup Semi Finals at Old Trafford in Manchester. This proved to be a very even contest with Wigan having to fight from behind to reach Wembley for the third year in a row. Saints had bombed two early opportunities to open the scoring before a quiet starting Wigan took the lead in the 11th Minute with their first attack of the match. Andy Gregory and Denis Betts combined to get Steve Hampson over in the left corner, but Joe Lydon couldn't convert. Saints quickly hit back with first Paul Loughlin kicking a penalty for 4-2 before Sean Devine's try under the posts put Saints into a 8-4 lead after Loughlin kicked easily. Lydon kicked a goal to reduce that to 8-6 but right on half time great work down the left from Les Quirk saw him get over from 25 metres. Loughlin couldn't convert but Saints led 12-6 at the break.

The second half was much better from Wigan but for a while they only chipped away at Saints lead with two penalty goals from Lydon reducing the score to 12-10. Into the final quarter and Wigan finally went ahead with a good try from Ged Byrne in the right corner but Lydon couldn't convert so the lead was just 14-12. This allowed Loughlin to level the game up with a penalty for 14-14 and the game looked destined for a replay until in the final minute a burst through from Ellery Hanley saw him find Andy Goodway in support to send him under the sticks. Wigan had stolen it and Saints hearts had been cruelly crushed again.

Half Time: 

St Helens 12 Wigan 6




Robin Whitfield (Widnes)


Live Coverage on BBC 1 during Grandstand - Ray French & Alex Murphy


1989-1990 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Finals

Saturday 10th March 1990
St Helens 14 Wigan 20 (at Old Trafford, Manchester - Live on BBC Grandstand)

Saturday 31st March 1990
Oldham 6 Warrington 10 (at Central Park, Wigan - Live on BBC Grandstand)

BBC 1 - Saturday 10th March 1990
Open University
7:30am Saturday Starts Here!: Playbus
7:55am Laurel and Hardy
8:00am Mighty Mouse
8:15am Tales of the Rodent Sherlock Holmes
8:35am Thundercats
9:00am Going Live! (Guests: Jerry Hall, Paul Danzinger)
12:15pm Grandstand presented by Desmond Lynam including....
12:20 Football Preview
12:40 Figure Skating: World Championships - Free Dance Competition from Nova Scotia, Canada
1:05, 1:40, 2:10, 2:40 Golf: Super Skins Game from Queensland, Australia
1:25, 1:55, 2:25 Horse Racing LIVE from Chepstow
2:55, 3:50 Rugby League: Challenge Cup Semi Final - St Helens v Wigan LIVE from Old Trafford
3:45 Half Time Scores
4:35 Cricket: West Indies v England - 2nd Test, Day 4 from Georgetown, Guyana (Morning Session Highlights)
4:40 Final Score
5:05pm News, Weather, Local News, Sport
5:20pm The Flying Doctors
6:10pm Jim'll Fix It with Jimmy Savile
6:45pm Little and Large (Comedy with Syd Little & Eddie Large)
7:20pm Film: "Jaws" (from 1975 starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw)
9:20pm News, Sport, Weather
9:40pm Match of the Day: The Road to Wembley - Oldham v Everton & Cambridge United v Crystal Palace
10:50pm Rory Bremner (Comedy)
11:20pm Figure Skating: World Championships - Ladies Free Skating from Nova Scotia, Canada
Cricket: West Indies v England - 2nd Test, Day 4 from Georgetown, Guyana (Highlights - Presented by Tony Lewis)
Film: "Sweet Revenge" (from 1976 starring Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston)
Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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