Sheffield Eagles 18-22 Leigh Centurions
Sunday 30th June 2019, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 19
Anthony Thackeray, Ben Blackmore (2), Ryan Millar,
Liam Forsyth (2), Ryan Brierley, Martyn Ridyard,
Martyn Ridyard (3),
Despite an equal amount of tries the Sheffield Eagles fell short to the Leigh Centurions on Sunday, losing out 18-22.
After last Wednesday’s last gasp win over Doncaster the Eagles were boosted with some firepower from dual-registration partners London Broncos.
James Meadows, Nathan Mason and Sadiq Adebiyi joined fellow Bronco Jacob Ogden in the Sheffield matchday squad.
Leigh applied some early pressure as Sheffield conceded two early goal-line dropouts.
The Eagles had an effort chalked off as Anthony Thackeray was deemed offside from Pat Walker’s grubber kick.
The visitors did open the scoring thanks to Liam Forsyth who stepped inside of the Sheffield defence to touch-down. Martyn Ridyard added the extras for the visitors.
The Eagles replied within two minutes, after a 40/20 kick from Pat Walker, Thackeray soon scored. His trademark dummy fooled the Leigh defence and Walker’s conversion tied up the score.
Leigh replied instantly and led at the interval through Ryan Brierley following an inside ball but Ridyard couldn’t convert from the right edge.
After the break Leigh extended their advantage despite a decent start from Sheffield.
Forsyth crossed for his second four pointer of the afternoon, powerfully scoring despite the attention of a number of Eagles defenders.
The start of the attempted fightback begun with a smart team try from Sheffield.
Ben Blackmore superbly finished off a well worked move with an acrobatic finish in the corner.
Ridyard scored what proved to be the match-winning try, his conversion opened up a twelve point lead for the Centurions.
With just under 15 minutes remaining the Eagles scored in style again. Joel Farrell broke downfield and winger Ryan Millar was in support to finish the try. Crucially, James Meadows couldn’t convert from the touchline.
With seven minutes to go, the Eagles were in again. Blackmore scored after collecting a looping pass and Meadow’s unsuccessful conversion meant just four points separated the sides.
The Eagles ran the Leythers close and a knock-on close to the Centurions line ended any hope of another late win for the South Yorkshire side.
The Eagles’ frustrations grew as Meadows was sent off as the hooter sounded.
By Lewis Coleman