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The Cowboys started strongly racing away to an 8-0 lead after just 9 minutes. The Sea Eagles struck back with a try and penalty goal to Ben Walker. But the visitors finished the stronger with some fine backing-up from centre Josh Hannay. At half time, the Cowboys were in front 14-8.
Matt Bowen set up the first try in the second half when David Myles scored in the 42nd minute and with the score favouring the Cowboys 20-8, the match was all but over.
Overall, the Cowboys scored three of their five tries from kicks and displayed some excellent support play to out-gun their more fancied rivals.
League Unlimited player of the year points: 3 - G Morrison (Cowboys) 2 - M Bowen (Cowboys) 1 - J Hannay (Cowboys)
Scorers: SEA EAGLES 20 Tries: McGuinness 2, Walker Goals: Walker 4/5 COWBOYS 31 Tries: Williams 2, Morrison, Hannay, Myles Goals: Hannay 5/6, Morrison 0/1 Field Goal: Sheppard
Saturday 24 May 2003 Brookvale Oval Referee: Tim Mander Crowd: 7,028
By the clock: A wet surface and rain falling in Brookvale. Kickoff!
5 min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Josh Hannay from 30m out. Cowboys 2-0
9 min: TRY - Cowboys. Glenn Morrison follows up kick through. Conversion 10m in from touch from Hannay is successful. Cowboys 8-0
13 min: TRY - Manly. Ben Walker scores and converts. Cowboys 8-6
17 min: NEWS - John Hopoate (Manly) and Paul Rauhihi (Cowboys) sin binned.
18 min: PENALTY GOAL - Manly. Walker locks it up. 8-all
27 min: TRY - Cowboys. Josh Hannay scores for the Cowboys. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 12-8
36 min: Coming up to half time, its still Cowboys 12-8
40 min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. On the stroke of half time, Hannay puts the visitors further ahead with a kick right in front of the posts. Cowboys 14-8
42 min: TRY - Cowboys. Myles scores. Conversion Hannay. Cowboys 20-8
46 min: TRY - Manly. McGuinness scores. Wide conversion Walker unsuccessful. Cowboys 20-12
61 min: PENALTY GOAL - Manly. Ben Walker. Cowboys 20-14
68 min: TRY - Cowboys. Ty Williams scores. Conversion Hannay successful. Cowboys 26-14
73 min: FIELD GOAL - Chris Sheppard for the Cowboys. Cowboys 27-14
76 min: TRY - Cowboys. Williams gets a double. Conversion Morrison unsuccessful. Cowboys 31-14
79 min: TRY - Manly. McGuinness gets a double. Conversion successful. Cowboys 31-20