Awesome Airlie Birds defeat Dragons

Hull FC has made a second Challenge Cup semi-final in three years after beating Catalans Dragons 22-8 in the quarter-finals.

The result means they join Warrington Wolves and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the semi-finals, after wins over Widnes Vikings and Huddersfield Giants, respectively.

It was the Dragons who took the lead after 14 minutes when Benjamin Garcia, who was making his second debut for the club following a return from Penrith Panthers, managed to ground a grubber kick from Glenn Stewart.

Pat Richards missed the conversion to make it just a four-point lead.

Hull then went in front seven minutes later after a kick wasn’t dealt with by the Catalans defence and the ball bounced perfectly for Steve Michaels.

The Australian got his first try of this year’s tournament and Marc Sneyd converted to put the Black and Whites into the lead.

The Airlie Birds then extended their lead when Frank Pritchard took in Danny Houghton’s pass and powered his way over from short range.

Sneyd added the extra two points to give his side an 8-0 advantage.

Hull then scored the first points in the second half, 10 minutes in as Scott Taylor powered his way through the first line of the Dragons defence and passed inside to Houghton for an easy try.

Sneyd kept up his 100% record with the boot to increase his sides lead to 14 points.

Catalans needed to score next and they did through their teenage winger Fouad Yaha after a great move that saw them go from the middle right out to left, leaving Yaha in space to get his second try of the competition.

Richards missed his conversion again, meaning the Dragons deficit had been reduced to 10.

It was then a 12-point lead for the Black and Whites as Sneyd nailed a penalty, after Willie Mason was punished for a high tackle on Danny Washbrook.

Sneyd then punished Eloi Pelissier, for stopping Taylor from playing the ball, by extending the lead to 22-8.

The score remained the same and the result means Hull FC are into the semi-finals again for the first time since 2013, the year they reached the final.

They are back in Super League action next week when they travel to Huddersfield Giants on Thursday.

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