Hull fight back to end Wembley hoodoo
Hull FC produced a rousing second-half fightback to beat Warrington Wolves 12-10 to end their Wembley hoodoo and end an 11-year wait to win the Challenge Cup.
Super League leaders Hull had never won at Wembley before Saturday's showdown with Warrington and looked set for more London heartbreak when converted tries from Matty Russell and Ben Currie put Tony Smith's side 10-0 up.
But Mahe Fonua got Lee Radford's side on the board with just under 20 minutes remaining and Jamie Shaul went under the posts seven minutes from time, with man-of-the-match Marc Sneyd slotting over the winning conversion to keep Hull in the hunt for a famous treble.
Kurt Gidley missed a straightforward penalty and also failed to land a conversion before going off with blood pouring from his face and a great last-ditch tackle from Danny Houghton denied Currie a winning try in the closing stages, leaving Warrington to reflect on what might have been.
Defences were on top in a tight first half between the top two in Super League, but Warrington came close when Ryan Atkins offloaded into touch under pressure after barging his way over the whitewash 25 minutes in.
Russell was on hand to finally opening the scoring with the first try six minutes before the interval after Chris Sandow raced away after intercepting a pass before being hauled down by a rapid Jamie Shaw.
Gidley made no mistake with a simple conversion, but was off target with a penalty that he really ought to have landed early in the second half.
Currie went over in the corner after great work from Daryl Clark, but Gidley was unable to add the extras and Hull were only four points behind after Sneyd kicked a 40-20 to put the pressure on and Fonua crashed his way over.
Warrington were caught out again when Sneyd's kick was tapped back and Shaul broke through to go under the posts. And Sneyd held his nerve to put Hull in front for the first time, with Houghton performing heroics when he tackled Currie, who spilled the ball under pressure just short of the line.