It is Fulltime and the Cowboys have kept their season alive with a gutsy 26-20 win at Carrington Park! All the 3,2,1's and Match Report to come, so stay tuned to @LeagueUnlimited!
The answer is no. Sione Katoa knocks on in the play the ball.
The Cowboys set for a field goal, Jake Granville dummies from dummy half and James Tamou strips the ball! Panthers ball! Deep inside their own half, can they pull off another miracle in Bathurst?
Penalty Cowboys - Against James Maloney for taking out Jake Granville who was looking to pounce on a loose offload from Dean Whare.
Dallin Watene Zelezniak charges back into the line and he is dumped by Antonio Winterstein who isn't penalised despite seemingly going past the horizontal. Play on.
Cowboys put a big kick up towards Tyrone Phillips who does well to stay in the field of play. Panthers have the ball 30m from their own line.
Lachlan Coote with a terrific kick on the last, finding the line metres before the corner post. Panthers scrum 10m out from their own line.
Johnathan Thurston makes it a 6 point lead. Cowboys up 26-20.
Antonio Winterstein makes a run down the left hand side and he is taken high by Tyrone Peachey. Thurston points to the posts.
James Maloney drops it on the boot on the last and finds Lachlan Coote who gets the ball back just short of halfway.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Corey Harawera Naera for slightly tackling Justin O'Neill in the air...rough call. North Queensland find the line 25m out from their own line.
Penalty Panthers - Against Coen Hess for not using his foot in the play the ball! Panthers on the attack 20m out!
Penalty Cowboys - Penrith markers no square. Cowboys find the line on halfway.
James Maloney gets atowering kick away on the last and Lachlan Coote is swamped by Viliame Kikau 22m out from the Cowboys line.
James Maloney misses the conversion. Score remains Cowboys 24-20.
Sione Katoa busts through, dummies twice and finds Dallin Watene Zelezniak who is brought down metres short. Wallace then finds Maloney who calmly kicks across field for an unmarked Tyrone Phillips who makes it 2 tries on debut for the club! Cowboys lead 24-20 kick to come.
James Fisher-Harris nails Lachlan Coote who just gets a kick away. Panthers have the ball 25m from their own line through Dallin Watene Zelezniak.
Lachlan Coote again kicks to Dallin Watene Zelezniak who takes it safely. Panthers have the ball 10m from his own line.
Tyrone Phillips tries to get on the outside of Kyle Feldt but he is put into touch. Cowboys scrum 25m from their own line.
Johnathan Thurston fails to convert his own try and the Cowboys lead remains 24-16.
Lachlan Coote puts a bomb up on the last tackle and Justin O'Neill taps the ball back which bounces straight into the path of Johnathan Thurston and he scores! Cowboys lead 24-16, kick to come.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Peter Wallace for a high tackle on Lachlan Coote. Cowboys find the line 40m from their own line.
James Maloney adds the extras. Cowboys lead is now 20-16.
The Panthers have turned this match on it's head! James Maloney kicks for Dallin Watene Zelezniak who taps the ball back, which bounces perfectly for Peter Wallace who has a double in a matter of minutes!
James Maloney makes no mistake. Cowboys lead 20-10.
Peter Wallace dives over from dummy half after a strong run from James Fisher-Harris. Panthers are back in it! Cowboys lead 20-8 kick to come.
Penalty Panthers - Against Michael Morgan for crowding James Maloney playing the ball. Panthers on the attack!
Penalty Panthers - Shaun Fensom is sent to the Sin Bin after stripping the ball away from Peachey who attempted a quick tap. Panthers take the tap 15m out!
We are underway in the Second Half at Carrington Park and James Tamou brings the ball back and crashes into Jason Taumalolo.
It is Halftime in Bathurst and the Cowboys have been slick, scoring 3 tries to one to lead 20-4 at the break. Stay tuned for all the Second Half action coming up @League Unlimited.
James Maloney misses from the sideline. Score remains Cowboys 20-4.
The Panthers get a chance before halftime and take it! Isaah Yeo gets a great ball off Tyrone Peachey and Yeo with an amazing offload finds Tyrone Phillips who beats two defenders close to the line to score a crucial try! Cowboys 20-4 kick to come.
Johnathan Thurston gets Cooper on the outside close to the line and he offloads to Justin O'Neill but he loses the ball due to a strong tackle from Corey Harawera Naera. Big let off!
Penalty Cowboys - Against Tyrone Peachey for a strip on Jason Taumalolo. Cowboys will take the tap 20m out.
Johnathan Thurston nails the conversion and it is 20-0 Cowboys!
Johnathan Thurston puts Gavin Cooper through half a gap, and Cooper does extremely well to stretch out to score! Cowboys lead 18-0 kick to come.
Replays show Dallin Watene Zelezniak throws a punch and he is sent to the Sin Bin. Cowboys on the attack 35m out.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Dallin Watene Zelezniak who tackles Lachlan Coote in the air...Feldt then takes issue with it and there is a scuffle.
James Maloney throws a no look pass into the head of Yeo close to the line. Cowboys scrum 10m out from their own line.
James Fisher-Harris charges towards the line but is held up by Jake Granville and Jason Taumalolo. James Maloney then grubbers in goal and Coote is trapped in goal. Dropout Cowboys.
Johnathan Thurston extends the lead to 14pts.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Dallin Watene Zelezniak for holding down Coen Hess who was on the rampage to the line. Thurston will take the 2pts.
Dallin Watene Zelezniak spills a Johnathan Thurston bomb and Cowboys have the scrum 10m out.
Cowboys away again on the right hand side but this time Ben Hampton is ankle tapped by Viliame Kikau. Cowboys on the attack 40m out.
Johnathan Thurston adds the extras. Cowboys 12-0.
Johnathan Thurston and Lachlan Coote combine to put Ben Hampton into some space and he splits Maloney and Tyrone Phillips to score under the posts! Cowboys up 10-0 kick to come.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Corey Harawera Naera for holding on too long in the tackle. Cowboys find the line 25m out.
Viliame Kikau almost gets to the line, offloads to Peachey who is crunched by Scott and loses the ball. Cowboys scrum 10m out.
Scott Bolton drops the ball 15m out from his own line and Panthers are on the attack!
Johnathan Thurston adds the extra two points. Cowboys lead 6-0.
Michael Morgan runs a great line close to the tryline and gets a great pass from Jake Granville and Hess running the decoy. Cowboys lead 4-0.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Reagan Campbell-Gillard for working over Kyle Feldt in the tackle. Cowboys find the line 40m out.
Johnathan Thurston kicks across field on the last, Justin O'Neill gets a clean catch but drops the ball. Panthers scrum 10m out from their own line.
James Fisher-Harris spills the ball after a great shot close to the line from Jason Taumalolo forces the mistake. Cowboys ball 10m from their own line on tackle 1.
Penalty Penrith - Against Michael Morgan for not being offside. Panthers take the tap 12m out!
Jason Taumalolo puches through the line but throws a forward pass to Lachlan Coote. Panthers ball and now a penalty against Ben Hampton for being offside. Penrith on the attack 15m out!
Penalty Cowboys - Against Corey Harawera Naera for an obstruction in the lead up play which sees James Maloney put Dallin Watene Zelezniak into space. Cowboys find the line over halfway.
Gavin Cooper goes straight through looks to link with his outside men in Coote and O'Neil who are unmarked but for some reason doesn't pass, Johnathan Thurston kicks on the last and Christian Crichton catches it in goal on the full. 20m re-start Penrith.
Penalty Cowboys - Against James Fisher-Harris for holding onto the man too long in the tackle. Cowboys find the line 35m out.
We are underway in Bathurst and Matthew Scott brings the ball back!
INJURY UPDATE - Trent Merrin has dislocated his finger in the warm up and will NOT play tonight. James Tamou likely to start with Kayde Ellis to come into the 17.
Welcome to Carrington Park, Bathurst for the second game of Friday Night Football, where the Penrith Panthers have made the trip over the Blue Mountains where they host the North Queensland Cowboys in what promises to be an important clash for both side’s 2018 season. The good news is there are no late changes, with both side 1-17. A win for the Panthers will secure second place on the ladder for this weekend, after an excellent start to the season for Anthony Griffin’s men. Last year’s Runners Up the Cowboys are desperate, with their season on the line after a shocking start which sees them with just 2 wins from 8 starts in 2018. Stay tuned for all the action coming up on @LeagueUnlimited, kickoff not far away!
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Ashley Klein, Peter Gough
Touch Judges: Clayton Sharpe, Nick Morel
Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea
PENRITH PANTHERS (20)
Tries: Tyrone Phillips (2), Peter Wallace (2)
Conversions: James Maloney (2/4)
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (26)
Tries: Michael Morgan, Johnathan Thurston, Ben Hampton, Gavin Cooper
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2/2)