Parramatta moves closer to ending its 36-YEAR premiership drought with a thrilling win over the Cowboys

Just one victory in history! Parramatta moves closer to ending its 36-YEAR Premiership drought as Brad Arthur’s side edge out the Cowboys to book their place in the NRL Grand Final

  • Parramatta beat North Queensland 24-20 in thrilling preliminary final
  • The Eels are in their first Grand Final since 2009 and will play either Penrith or South
  • Parramatta seeks to win first prime ministerial post since 1986
  • Cowboys led by eight points midway through the second half at Townsville
  • But Parramatta scored two quick tries to shock the home crowd.

Parramatta’s quest to end a 36-year drought as NRL premiership lives on after beating North Queensland 24-20 in the preliminary final, capping a magical day for Eels running back Mitchell. Moses.

Moses’s partner, Bri Gardoni, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl, on match day and the rugby league gods smiled on the No.7 Eels when they set up an early try for Will Penisini with a pass that extended more than a meter. Forward.

It was the Eels’ desperation in the face of death as the Cowboys seemed to snatch a late win from them that showed what they are made of and proved they deserve to be in next Sunday’s grand final.

Parramatta is one victory away from ending a 36-year wait for a premiership

Parramatta is one victory away from ending a 36-year wait for a premiership

Parramatta trailed 20-12 early in the second half and appeared to be on his last legs in front of 25,372 raucous fans in the Townsville heat.

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They found something special from the inside to bounce back in style with the Reagan Campbell-Gillard mainstay crashing on his second try.

When fullback Shaun Lane threw a smart pass to winger Maika Sivo, the Eels had two attempts in seven minutes and a 24-20 lead.

The Cowboys had refused to budge earlier despite trailing 12-6 after co-captain Jason Taumalolo was called for a high shot over Eels second rower Isaiah Papali’i in the 16th minute.

Maika Sivo scored the match-winning try as the Eels hit the front with 15 minutes to go.

Maika Sivo scored the match-winning try as the Eels hit the front with 15 minutes to go.

Reagan Campbell-Gillard (right) scored two tries after crossing just once this season

Reagan Campbell-Gillard (right) scored two tries after crossing just once this season

Cowboys captain Jason Taumalolo was ejected in the first half for a high tackle

Cowboys captain Jason Taumalolo was ejected in the first half for a high tackle

Cowboys defender Luciano Leilua crashed just before Taumalolo returned to the fray.

The scores were locked in at 12 total at half time and the second stanza was exciting by the minute.

The Cowboys appeared as favorites to advance. Then there were the eels.

End Kyle Feldt put his foot on the sideline as he looked to level for the Cowboys and the Eels caught their breath.

Murray Taulagi scored the Cowboys' third down of the game early in the second half

Murray Taulagi scored the Cowboys’ third down of the game early in the second half

The winger's try put North Queensland up eight points, but the Cowboys couldn't hold on

The winger’s try put North Queensland up eight points, but the Cowboys couldn’t hold on

The eels had so many heroes.

Saving attempts by Waqa Blake on Valentine Holmes and Bailey Simonsson on Jeremiah Nanai stopped certain attempts in the first half and Lane and fullback Clint Gutherson made some defensive plays when the Cowboys threatened to snatch him late.

Eels’ window to win an NRL title with the current pool of players is still up for grabs

Eels captain Clint Gutherson said his team loved being called off before the game.

The Cowboys' amazing season came to a disappointing end in Townsville

The Cowboys’ amazing season came to a disappointing end in Townsville

The core of the team has been under coach Brad Arthur for four straight Finals series and they have a chance to do something special.

Expectations in Parramatta are always high due to the success of the 1980s outfit who won four titles in six years.

This group of players has already made legends of the past proud and now has a chance against South Sydney or Penrith to bring Parramatta back to glory.

Relive all the action from the Preliminary Final between the North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels with Sportsmail’s live blog.

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