Castleford Tigers secured a 19-18 victory over Salford Red Devils at Headingley to book their place in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
The Tigers made three changes from the side that beat the Red Devils last week. Jordan Turner returned on the wing in place of Greg Eden, while Jesse Sene-Lefao dropped out. As a result, Grant Millington moved into the second row and George Griffin moved in at prop.
Their final change saw a return for Gareth O’Brien, who replaced Lewis Peachey on the bench.
As for Salford, they made four changes from that game last week. Dan Sarginson returned at fullback in place of Elliot Kear, Danny Addy started at hooker instead of Andy Ackers, while Elijah Taylor replaced Addy at loose forward.
Their final change saw Pauli Pauli return in place of Oliver Roberts.
It was the Red Devils who took the lead after 15 minutes. Harvey Livett got the loose ball and went over to score. Livett was able to convert his own try for a six-point lead.
Nine minutes later, Castleford were able to get themselves back in it. Daniel Smith took in a short ball and powered over to score. Danny Richardson scored the conversion to level the scores.
Salford retook the lead four minutes before the break. Livett was able to strike again after going through a gap to score. He converted his own try to give the Red Devils there six-point lead back.
However, Salford could not hang on until half time. Just before the break, Castleford scored after Millington got through a gap, and set Peter Mata’utia away to score. Richardson converted to level the scores going into the break.
The game was on a knife edge, but it was Castleford who took the lead for the first time on the hour. Paul McShane managed to get free out of dummy half and got the ball to Michael Shenton, who scored. O’Brien scored the conversion for a six-point lead.
A couple of minutes later, O’Brien was sent to the sin bin for what was judged to have been a professional foul.
With six minutes to go, they were temporarily left with 11 men on the pitch, with Liam Watts in the bin for a late hit on Taylor.
Eventually, Salford made their advantage count with Lee Mossop getting over right at the death. Livett converted to force Golden Point Extra Time.
However, there was no need for the four periods Castleford had in the last round. O’Brien slotted his attempt in the opening minute of Golden Point to send Castleford into the next round.
They have set up a semi-final tie against Daryl Powell’s future employers Warrington Wolves. They return to Super League action next week, when they welcome Hull KR to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in their first game in front of fans since March 2020.
As for Salford, they will head to the Totally Wicked Stadium to take on St Helens next Monday.
Castleford Tigers: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Peter Mata’utia, Michael Shenton, Jordan Turner, Jake Trueman, Danny Richardson, George Griffin, Paul McShane, Nathan Massey, Oliver Holmes, Grant Millington, Adam Milner.
Subs: Liam Watts, Daniel Smith, Brad Martin, Gareth O’Brien.
Head Coach: Daryl Powell.
Salford Red Devils: Dan Sarginson, Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins, Harvey Livett, Rhys Williams, Tui Lolohea, Kevin Brown, Lee Mossop, Danny Addy, Seb Ikahihifo, James Greenwood, Pauli Pauli, Elijah Taylor.
Subs: Chris Atkin, Jack Ormondroyd, Ryan Lannon, Greg Burke.
Head Coach: Richard Marshall.