Lancashire Cup Finals
1211 fans flocked to the Stobart Stadium yesterday to watch their respective team’s compete in the Lancashire Cup finals.
Orrell St James’ stole the show lifting the cup at Under 13’s and 17’s level, whilst local rivals St Jude’s picked up the Under 12’s trophy, and Blackbrook the Under 15’s.
Also won were Touch RL branded matchballs, picked up by four lucky fans that sent in pictures of themselves enjoying the action via the @rugbyleaguenw Twitter account.
UNDER 12’S LANCASHIRE CUP FINAL – NEWTON STORM 4-18 WIGAN ST JUDES
The day started with a bang in a tight and tense encounter, which ended up swinging in favour of St Judes.
The Wigan side had slightly more than their opponents and led at the break through Lewis Melling.
Sean Croston scored to extend his side’s lead but celebrations were cut short by Newton Storm’s Nathan Barr who reduced the deposit to eight points.
However Melling was on hand again and confirmed victory for his side with his second of the day.
UNDER 13’S LANCASHIRE CUP FINAL – WIGAN ST PATS 12-16 ORRELL ST JAMES
James Worthington scored a second half double to help Orrell to their first success of the day.
Orrell led 8-0 at the break through tries from forward duo, Ben Twist and John Hutchings.
But just seconds into the stanza, St Pats struck back to cut the margins to a slender two points.
Worthington then crossed for a quickfire double to take a ten point advantage.
St Pats were not finished though and scored through Jake Alder, but Orrell put their bodies on the line in defence to come away with a hard earned victory.
UNDER 15’S LANCASHIRE CUP FINAL – INCE ROSE BRIDGE 16-38 BLACKBROOK
Blackbrook became the only non-Wigan side to lift a Lancashire Cup with their impressive 38-16 win over Ince.
The Royals were considered to be favourites by many, especially being positioned a division above their opponents, but were shocked to concede the first try.
However they retaliated almost instantly with four unanswered tries to take a 18-6 lead.
Josh Hutchingson powered over to bring Ince back into the game but Danny Cassidy’s missed penalty goal on the stroke of half-time, left the score at 10-18.
Blackbrook were keen not to start the second half in a similar fashion, but there was no danger of that with two quick tries to take the lead to 28-10.
But Josh Hutchingson was not finished and with his second of the afternoon, reminded the atmospheric crowd that the game was not out of his side’s reach.
It was not to be though as Ben Calland and Jake Speding scored two impressive tries to take the trophy to Blackbrook.
UNDER 17’S LANCASHIRE CUP FINAL – ORRELL ST JAMES 26-6 PILKINGTON RECS
Many thought that the final game of the day would be the most closest, and it probably would have been if Orrell hadn’t produced the performance of their lives in their coach’s last ever game at the helm.
The two sides went into the interval on level peggings with John Key’s try being cancelled out by Orrell’s Chris Wright.
Wright then scored a second to take the score to 14-6 after Kyle Dolan spectacular efforts.
Jake Williams then touched down before Dan Fallon who scored and converted to take the final score to 26-6.