Sheffield Steelers 1-4 Nottingham Panthers

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LEAGUE winners Nottingham Panthers are likely to add the Challenge Cup to their honours haul this season after winning the first leg of the Challenge Cup final at Sheffield Steelers tonight.

Sheffield owner Tony Smith used the match night programme to re-print a Star article in which he suggested jobs would be at risk should the club fail to lift silverware.

When Panthers took a 4-0 lead, you couldn’t help but think of the worst for some of the club’s key personnel.

A consolation goal from Jeff Legue is unlikely to mask the shortcomings or help hugely in the mission to win the second leg at the Panthers’ lair on April 2.

Full analysis in tomorrow’s Star.