Late try sees Hull head for Wembley on positive note

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Hull warmed up for their Challenge Cup final date with Wigan next weekend with victory over Salford City Reds at the KC Stadium.

Ryan McGoldrick’s early try gave Salford the lead before Joe Arundel levelled when he crossed.

The Reds led at half-time though after a Danny Williams score before Aaron Heremaia tied the scores with a second-half effort, and a late flurry of action finished with Joe Westerman’s late, winning try.

Hull winger Tom Lineham, who has 17 tries in all competitions this season, was missing for the hosts with an ankle injury he suffered in last week’s Hull derby, and he’s doubtful for the final.

The Reds took the lead after they crossed on the back of a massive 40-20 by Lee Gaskell.

It was Gaskell again who supplied the finish with a neat inside ball seeing McGoldrick over, before Marc Sneyd converted.

McGoldrick turned villain when he spilled possession in his own half and Hull took advantage on the next set.

An outstanding grubber kick from Daniel Holdsworth found Arundel for the score. Danny Tickle subsequently levelled with the conversion.

Salford re-took the lead when excellent hands wide right saw Ashley Gibson supply Williams for the score with a sublime flick pass. Sneyd converted from the touchline, before Hull regained some dominance with a Holdsworth kick forcing a drop-out.

Nothing became of the pressure but on their next attack Kirk Yeaman almost powered over before a wonderful tackle by Jordan Davies halted the centre.

At the start of the second period, the Reds dominated and forced a drop-out from Theo Fages’s kick. A penalty followed for the visitors from another dangerous kick by Fages, but on the next set a poor kick by Gaskell was cleaned up.

Hull turned the tide and a grubber kick and tackle by Jacob Miller forced a drop-out for the hosts. However, Sneyd comfortably picked up a Holdsworth grubber kick and raced up field to halt the home side’s dominance.

Against the run of play Salford almost extended their lead.

Niall Evalds rose above Crookes to collect Sneyd’s excellent kick to the corner, but the winger spilled possession close to the line.

They were left to rue their missed opportunity when Danny Houghton sent Heremaia on his way to touchdown and Tickle levelled with the conversion.

After Yeaman was penalised for a high shot on Gibson, Salford were given the opportunity to camp on their opponents’ line. However, great right-side defence from Hull saw Gaskell thrown into touch.

A great Jamie Shaul tackle then forced a drop-out for Hull with 12 minutes to go. After receiving a penalty Hull declined to go for the two, but a poor last tackle option cost them.

From a kick return Evalds broke up field for Salford, and eventually after one missed drop-goal attempt Salford took the lead with a Sneyd field goal, before Westerman crashed over 90 seconds later to give Hull the win.

Hull FC: Shaul, Crookes, Arundel, Yeaman, T. Briscoe, Holdsworth, Miller, Watts, Houghton, Green, Ellis, Tickle, Westerman. Substitutes: Lynch, Heremaia, Pitts, Whiting.

Salford City Reds: Gaskell, D. Williams, McGoldrick, Gibson, Evalds, Sneyd, Fages, Griffin, Owen, Jewitt, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild.Substitutes: Emmitt, James, Davies, J. Walne.

Referee: T Alibert (RFL).

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