Lithgow Workies complete remarkable Group 10 finals comeback to end Cowra's season

SUPER WIN: Josh Howarth scored late for Workies, and kicked four goals from as many attempts, to secure Lithgow passage into next week's minor semi-final, where they'll meet Mudgee.
SUPER WIN: Josh Howarth scored late for Workies, and kicked four goals from as many attempts, to secure Lithgow passage into next week's minor semi-final, where they'll meet Mudgee.

Lithgow has kept its 2019 Group 10 premier league campaign alive following an incredible comeback against Cowra in the elimination semi-final at Tony Luchetti Sportsground.

Down 18-0 just before the break as Cowra stormed to a commanding, early lead, Graeme Osborne's men scored either side of half-time to reduce the margin to six.

Magpies goal-kicker Caley Mok booted two penalty goals in the 48th and 56th minutes to kick the visitors lead out to 22-12, but the home side wasn't done yet.

Kyle Willmott crossed 10 minutes from time before Josh Howarth scored in the 76th minute, kicking both conversions, to give Lithgow a 24-22 lead.

Workies held on at the death to secure victory and send Cowra packing in 2019.

Lithgow will now take on arch rivals Mudgee in next Sunday's minor semi-final at Glen Willow after the Dragons lost their qualifying semi-final against Panthers.

The defending premiers accounted for the Dragons 40-18 at Carrington Park to book their place in Saturday's major semi-final at Wade Park.

  • LITHGOW WORKIES 24 (Josh Howarth, Kyle Willmott, Daniel Bain, Nick Miller tries; Josh Howarth 4 goals) def COWRA MAGPIES 22 (Will Ingram, Blake Tidswell, Joey Bugg, Lee McClintock tries; Caley Mok 3 goals)

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