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Photo by Colin Whelan copyright © nrlphotos.com :  NYC HOLDEN CUP, Round 12 North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm at Townsville, Saturday May 31st  2014.

The Thunderbolts have suffered a heartbreaking 22-20 loss to North Queensland at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville on Saturday evening.

A last minute try to the hosts left the young Melbourne side devastated having seemingly done enough to hold on for the two points.

North Queensland capitalised on a penalty to open the scoring as Viliame Kikau made the most of a gap in the Storm defence to score under the posts.

With the half winding down the Thunderbolts struck back with halfback Jake Turpin finishing a breakaway for Matt Adamson’s side. The equality was short lived however with Conor Carey restoring the hosts lead just prior to half-time.

The home side extended the lead midway through the second half  before a stirring comeback from the visitors handed them a two point advantage.

With under a minute remaining, backed by the support of their home crowd, the young Cowboys found some space on the left wing to clinch a thrilling victory.

The loss sees the U20 Thunderbolts drop back from the NYC Cup top eight. Next weekend they will host the Roosters on Sunday 8 June at AAMI Park.

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