Leigh dedicate history making win to fan Steven

Determined defence from Leigh at Sheffield. Photo: Brian King.
Determined defence from Leigh at Sheffield. Photo: Brian King.
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Leigh boss Paul Rowley dedicated his side’s record breaking win at Sheffield to a Centurions supporter who took ill during the game.

Steven O’Dwyer needed emergency medical treatment 15 minutes into the first half. The game was held up for around 15 minutes so the Sheffield club doctor could assist paramedics who were quickly on the scene. A female Sheffield fan, who is believed to be a doctor, also came to Dwyer’s aid and witnesses have praised her swift actions.

It is understood O’Dwyer was “stable” on Sunday evening.

“We dedicate the win to Steven,” said Rowley. “We were aware of what had happened and spoke about it in the changing room at half-time. I think he inspired us to a memorable day in the club’s history.”

Leigh went on to beat current Champions Sheffield 54-12 to strengthen their position at the top of the Championship. It was Leigh’s 15th successive victory which is a new club record.

“I am delighted with the achievement and also the performance,” said Rowley. “I am so proud of this team, this club and the fans.

“We left no stone unturned in our preparations today,” said Rowley. “We got ready for the game at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground and were focused right from the start.

“I thought the boys played really tough but with skill and desire.

“We dominated the game and were really fired up for it. Sheffield are a great team so we knew we had to be good. I knew that if we could get our completion rate up we would hurt somebody with a big score.

“Everybody contributed - it was a fantastic team effort.”