Widnes Vikings 56-6 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar) in Association with A1 Stairlifts.
Despite the one sided score line in the favour of Widnes Vikings, the Cougars did themselves proud in this Challenge Cup quarter final clash.
The highlight of the evening for the Cougars came eight minutes into the second half when Daley Williams executed a wonderful ball steal to go over the line for the visitors.
The game as a contest was ended by the Vikings four tries in the opening twenty minutes to take a twenty two point advantage.
Stefan Marsh broke the Cougars line and opted to send the ball to the right of Jesse Sheriffe to allow youngster Declan Hulme over in the corner.
Another breakaway try came about when Alex Gerrard found a gap and raced thirty metres to send Tom Gilmore in for his first of the evening.
Kevin Brown found a gap from dummy half and got over before the stand-off broke free and went forty metres to grab a second in the space of four minutes.
Lewis Graham told the press post match about playing against a player of Kevin Brown’s calibre: “For some of the young lads to play against Kevin Brown and Danny Tickle will only develop them further, they watch these lads week in, week out on television so to play against them may have left them a bit star struck but they handled it well.”
After holding out for a twelve minute spell, Jack Owens picked out a lovely Brown kick to score only after being given the green light by the video referee team of Tim Roby and Steve Ganson.
The final score of the half for the Vikings came when the first try was reversed as Hulme broke through and when one on one with Jesse offloaded to put Marsh over on the 4G pitch.
The second half began woefully for the Cougars when following a Ben Stead knock on from the restart, some clever Widnes play from the scrum sent Willie Isa into space to touch down next to the posts.
Despite Daley’s try however, the Widnes onslaught continued and Hulme grabbed a second after collecting his own teammates chip over the top.
Following a Marsh effort being ruled out for offside, James Child had his only decision to make in the encounter when a flailing arm by Josh Lynam started a bit of fisticuffs between the two outfits, but the official defused the situation.
If anything, this sparked the already vocal Cougars support into a sea of green, red and noise, something which didn’t go unappreciated by Graham following the game: “I’d just like to thank the fans for their support tonight, they were absolutely outstanding.”
The victim of the Lynam challenge Danny Craven then applied his own taste of justice with a fantastic solo effort to extend the Vikings lead even further.
Widnes claimed the game’s final score ten minutes later when Gilmore grabbed his second when he was the recipient of another Hulme break through the Cougars defensive unit.
Yorkshire Times Man of the Match – Oliver Pursglove – In his first game back since last September, Olly’s efforts in defence just allowed him to pip Jesse Sheriffe to the award. His number of last ditch tackles and hard hits saw the Vikings restricted to fifty six points when it could have been a lot more.
Cougars: Jesse Sheriffe, Lawton, Williams, Graham, Duffy, Kelly, Stead, Law, Lee, Peltier, Eccleston, Pursglove, Sagar. Interchanges (All Used): Lynam, Cherryholme, Patchett, Haigh.
Vikings: Hanbury, Owens, Dean, Marsh, Hulme, Brown, Gilmore, Clough, White, Gerrard, Tickle, Galea, Leuluai. Interchanges (All Used): Kavanagh, Allen, Isa, Craven.