|Coral Challenge Cup|
|Hull FC (20) 28|
|Tries: Connor, Faraimo, Kelly, Minichiello Goals: Sneyd 6|
|Castleford (8) 12|
|Tries: Clare, Aston Goals: Mata’utia 2|
Hull FC kept on course for a third Wembley appearance in four years as they beat Castleford to reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
The Black and Whites, Challenge Cup winners in 2016 and 2017, ran in three first-half tries through Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo and Albert Kelly.
James Clare pulled one back for Cas before the break, followed by a fifth try late on for youngster Cory Aston.
But a fourth try for Mark Minichiello had already settled it for Hull.
- Wakefield fight back to see off Widnes
- Halifax beat Dewsbury to reach last eight
Hull scrum-half Marc Sneyd returned from injury to run the show, setting up Kelly’s try and also kicking six goals as Hull bounced back from Sunday’s disappointing home Super League defeat by Catalans Dragons.
Jake Connor also performed well in his switch back to stand-off, scoring the first try to cap a composed performance.
But it was a night to forget for visiting full-back Peter Mata’utia, who twice kicked out on the full in the first half and was twice punished by converted tries during a 10-minute blitz which yielded 20 points.
Cas were hunting a first Wembley appearance in five years but ended up suffering a third defeat in as many attempts in this competition by five-times winners Hull – and a fourth straight loss this season.
Hull coach Lee Radford:
“The cup means a lot to us. We seemed to find our swagger. I am really pleased with the result and pleased with a lot of the players as well.
“I spoke to Jake last week about his performance and he was really tidy. He’s been kicking himself with regard to last week. That standard he has set tonight, maybe it can be his go-to.
“Jake, Marc Sneyd and Albert Kelly all worked really well together. But that platform was laid by our big fellahs. The likes of Mickey Paea and Scott Taylor deserve special mention.”
Castleford coach Daryl Powell:
“I could say a lot worse, but that performance was as bad as I have seen. Radders talked about amateur football last week. But there are some real quality players playing in amateur rugby league and some of that stuff was unacceptable, completely unacceptable.
“We got ourselves into such a sticky situation. I don’t think I’ve been as animated in the changing room as I was at half-time.
“We have got a couple of young halves out there who are trying to control the team. But that’s not an excuse. I wouldn’t lay the blame at their door. Everybody has got to have an edge about them but they didn’t.”
Hull FC: Kelly; Naulago, Logan, Griffin, Faraimo; Connor, Sneyd; Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Manu, Minichiello, Westerman.
Interchanges: Hadley, Green, Matongo, Ellis.
Castleford: Mata’utia; Egodo, Minikin, Blair, Clare; Trueman, Ashton; Watts, McShane, Maher, Clarkson, McMeeken, Massey.
Interchanges: Millington, Milner, Sene-Lefao, Cook.
Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL).