LIVERPOOL St Helens reached the MJ Worsley Cup final after they ended a fiery battle with Aldwinians as 40-29 victors.

They only had 13 men at one point thanks to yellow cards for Darren Wilson and Dave Cunliffe but did enough to get the job done against a home side who had a man sent off in the 27th minute.

LSH trailed by eight points with half an hour remaining but a devastating 22-minute spell saw them score four tries to book a final date with league champions Widnes.

Connor Thompson gave them the lead with a clever try off the back of a drive, with Jordan Gibson adding the extras.

The hosts responded with a try of their own before Gibson produced a determined run to touch down before converting himself.

That brought LSH to half time in front but down to 13 men thanks to Wilson and Cunliffe’s sin-binnings, and the hosts took immediate advantage after the interval.

Two tries within five minutes of the restart took them 19-14 in front – a lead improved by three points with a penalty goal shortly afterwards.

However, with Wilson and Cunliffe back on the field, LSH set about turning things around.

Good work from Mat Cunliffe and Danny Webster put Wilson over before Sam Walker’s sprint down the left wing ended in a try converted by Jamie Morris to give them LSH the lead.

A period of strong resulted in a try for Paddy Royle before Cunliffe made up for his yellow card by scoring between the posts.

Aldwinians did have the last word, but it proved a mere consolation.