Hull FC ended a 74-year wait for a Wembley victory as they came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat favourites Warrington 12-10 in a classic Challenge Cup final.
It was Hull’s fourth Challenge Cup triumph but their first at the national stadium as the Wolves suffered their first defeat in four trips to Wembley under coach Tony Smith.
The agony looked set to continue for the Black and Whites when they trailed 10-0 after an hour but tries in the last 13 minutes from former Melbourne winger Mahe Fonua and fullback Jamie Shaul brought them level and half-back Marc Sneyd kicked the winning goal to settle a final that lived up to all the pre-match hype.
Sneyd was named the Lance Todd Trophy winner as man of the match, two years after being substituted in Castleford’s defeat by Leeds, and his joy was in sharp contrast to Warrington’s goalkicker Kurt Gidley, whose simple penalty miss early in the second half proved costly.
Gidley, who had done much to earn his side their 10-point cushion, kicked just one goal from three attempts and missed the last 22 minutes of the match with a head injury as the Wolves lost their way.
In a contest of epic twists and turns, Hull were indebted to hooker Danny Houghton’s last-ditch tackle – his 52nd of the match – that denied Warrington second-rower Ben Currie what looked like the match-winning try two minutes from the end.
That sparked unbridled scenes of joy as Hull skipper former Wests Tigers star Gareth Ellis lifted the trophy in another high point in a distinguished career.