A Tough Break

 A gritty performance from flanker Tane Meek couldn’t break the Workers resolve

A gritty performance from flanker Tane Meek couldn’t break the Workers resolve

Summer Youth League Round 7 With round 7 of the Summer Youth League coinciding with the start of ‘Schoolies’, both the SAE-Qantm Byron Bay squad and Lismore Workers took to the pitch with skeleton crews.

The young Rams were also missing some of their older and more experienced players and while only fielding eleven, the Workers team was an older and much more experienced unit that any the Byron boys have faced so far.

Young Rams’ striker, Adam Budd, put Byron on the scoreboard in the opening minutes with a deft tap into the bottom corner.

The early goal spurred Workers into action, however, and their dominance increased throughout the game. Byron’s depleted midfield and defence struggled to contain the Workers attack. Byron managed many powerful counter attacks, but couldn’t break the Workers back line.

Byron Captain and mentor, Ben Ahern, penalised repeatedly for his tough tackling style, was eventually ordered from the field after receiving his second yellow card.

Already outgunned, the 10-man Rams team did their best to hold back the red tide but age, experience and numbers were against them. The final whistle blew on a 5-1 scoreline despite a valiant effort from the Rams against a polished display from Lismore Workers.

Round 8 sees The Rams at home against traditional rival, Lismore Thistles. Round 7 upsets have seen Richmond Rovers and Bangalow bump Byron and Thistles out of their equal second spot so this weeks match will see them battling for 4th spot on the ladder.

Be at the Ewingsdale ground for a 7pm kick-off and cheer our lads on.

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Doing it the hard way

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Summer Youth League Round 5 Byron Bay’s SAE-Qantm Summer Youth League squad got off to a shakey start against Ballina at Alstonville on friday night.

The young Rams started strong but an unexpected early goal from the bottom of the table challengers spooked the Byron boys into some uncharacteristically scrappy play.

A series of pointless runs and desperately optimistic long-range shots from the Rams only served to lift the confidence of the Ballina underdogs.

The Byron boys spent much of the first half on the attack but, with little sign of their usual discipline and structure, opportunities were squandered and an upset looked imminent.

Clearly rattled, Byron went into the half time break one goal down.

Some well chosen well chosen half-time words from mentors John Bradbury and Ben Ahern seemed to do the trick, however, and the Rams took to the paddock for the second half with more focus and control. Byron’s youngsters led the recovery, with a breaking run and pinpoint cross from Adam Budd finding the boot of young Zak Sezer. A clean drive from the tiny striker putting the Rams equaliser away.

Confidence somewhat restored, the Byron boys regained their composure and settled into a more familiar, fast and smooth attacking game. Knocking the ball around freely and sweeping from flank to flank, the Rams totally overwhelmed the Ballina midfield and defence and left the keeper scrambling. Cool finishes from SYL veterans George Martin and Tane Meek sealed the Rams 3-1 win and moved them to third spot on the table behind Thistles and Lennox Head.

This week has the Byron lads hosting Alstonville at the Ewingsdale fields in Round 6 of the Championship.

Kick-off is at 6.30.

[mainpic]MAINPIC / Fourteen-year-old Zac Sezer opened the account for Byron with a confident finish click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Blown Away

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Summer Youth League Round 4 Howling winds and some highly contentious decisions played a major role in Friday night’s 1-1 draw between the SAE-Quantm Byron Bay Youth League squad and the Bangalow boys.

The Bangalow/Byron derby is always a tight and hard-fought contest and this round of the Summer Youth League comp was no exception.

The battle seemed fairly even from the outset, with both sides contending as much with the blustery crosswinds as with each other. Bangalow’s aggressive midfield push was met with an equally determined defence from Alex Kempnich, Tai Bui and Benny Ahern and powerful counter-attacks from Rams’ flankers Tane Meek and Byron Milne.

Bangalow’s relentless pressure and some goal mouth confusion saw the Rams concede a first half goal against the run of play. The goal gave the ‘Dogs a lift and the game see-sawed from end to end well into the second half.

The exhausting pace eventually began to tell and Bangalow’s trademark offside trap became harder to sustain against the young Rams speed and intensity.

Byron Milne finally found the net to equalise and the pressure wound up a notch for both sides.

Offside calls stymied three one-on-one goal chances for the Rams late in the match and the final whistle blew with the score deadlocked at 1-1.

[mainpic]MAINPIC Bangalow Captain/Coach Joel Rudgley takes a ‘hands-on’ approach to containing Byron Milne’s attack click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Youngsters on the rise

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Summer Youth League Round 3 The young ‘up-and-ccomers’ of the SAE-Quantm Byron Bay Summer Youth League squad came into their own in round three of this year’s youth competition.

Coach John Bradbury has given the debutantes a great run in key positions this year and the youngsters have risen to the challenge.

With support from veterans, Byron Milne, Tane Meek, George Martin and Nathan Burvill, the younger boys really made their mark on Friday’s clash with the Woodburn side.

Adam Budd opened the scoring, tapping in a sharp cut-back from Byron Milne, while Ronan Karup hustled the ball into the net in a goal mouth skirmish then followed up with a drive from the 18 yard box to take Byron’s goal tally to three. Woodburn managed one goal in reply, but the young Rams were clearly a cut above the visitors.

The 3-1 win takes Byron to third on the ladder, with some tough matches to come.

This week’s round sees Byron take on Bangalow, in Bangalow, with a 6.30pm kick off. The Byron derby always produces entertaining football so be there to support our young chargers.

[mainpic]MAINPIC / Byron’s Byron Milne in the fly click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

They’ve done it again!

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Damon Bell’s Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams have, for the second year running, battled their way into the Grand Finals of both the Premier and Premier Reserves Division. In a week of powerful and entertaining football the Premier Rams confirmed their dominance of the division and secured their Grand Final spot with a thumping 4-1 win over second placed Richmond Rovers at the Rec Grounds on Tuesday night. Despite some dangerous counter-attacks from a spirited Rovers, the result never looked to be in doubt.

The Rams attack set up camp in the Rovers half an hammered the Rovers defenders for much of the game. A free-kick won on one of Rovers’ forays into Byron territory put the Lismore squad on the board, but they were no match for the Rams slick, fast and relentless attacking game.

A diving header from Kazuhiro Tsukamoto opened the account for Byron. A neat tap in from James Tomlinson made it two and an exquisite long-ranger from Conner Cannon and a header from Herick Schuenemann cemented Grand Final favouritism for the Rams.

After finishing fifth in the pointscore competition, the Rams Reserves had to beat the fourth, third and second placed squads (three games in nine days!) to make it to their Grand Final. The Reserves have had a mixed season, with a run of six draws seeing a quality side struggle to reach the finals. Having made the cut, however, the Ressies have hit their straps and, in some spectacular performances, have fought their way through.

Saturday September 5 saw the second string Rams take a convincing 3-0 win over 4th placed Lismore Thistles and, the following Wednesday night, completely dominate their Semi against Alstonville to come away with a 1-0 win. On Saturday, the 14th, the Rams travelled to a very hot Lismore to take on second placed Lismore Workers. Byron seemed to have the edge over a tough and determined Workers but as the contest swung from end to end, neither squad managed to find the net.

After ninety gruelling minutes, the match was still locked at 0-0. Twenty minutes of extra time failed to break the impasse and the match went to a penalty shoot-out.

As the crowd and players held their collective breath, player after player stepped up to face the keepers. A miss from each side had the crowd on tenterhooks but a suburb save from stand-in keeper Damien Smith gave Byron the edge. The winning goal was slotted home by defender Theo Pavil to take the Rams through to a hard won Grand Final spot.

With the Premier Rovers having won their second-chance semi against Workers, the season finale will be Byron Bay-V-Richmond Rovers in both divisions.

The Grand Finals will be played at Oakes Oval in Lismore next Saturday (September 20) with the Reserves kick-off at 4.15 and the Premier League at 7pm.

Be there for what promises to be the best football of the season!

[mainpic] MAINPIC / Keeper Damien Smith saves the day for the Rams Reserves! click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Unlucky Last!

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With their positions in both Reserves and Premier Division finals series locked in, the Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams hosted two strong Lismore Workers teams on Saturday’s finale round of the FFNC championship. The Rams Reserves, finishing in fifth spot on the competition ladder took on second placed Workers in what proved to be a dogged battle for dominance and goals.

Despite impressive work from Benny Ahern, Jonathan Pierce, Dakota Dixon-King and Connor Cannon, the Redmen were just too strong for the Byron boys. Workers found the net three times while Steve Kirkpartrick put Byron’s only goal on the board with a clinical finish.

In the Premier Division, It was a tough final Round for Byron’s Minor Premiers who couldn’t seem to win a trick. The play was all Byron’s way from the beginning but a spectacular ‘goal-of-the-season’ from Connor Cannon was disallowed for a high foot infringement.

A controversial (aren’t they all?) penalty and another red card for Byron defender Sam McIntyre gave Workers a tenuous lead and reduced the Rams to ten men before half time. A gutsy performance saw the 10-man Rams continue to dominate after the break, with sustained attacks from Kazuhiro Tsukamoto, James Tomlinson, Connor Cannon and Barry Woods putting the pressure on the Workers defence and keeper, Simon Cleaver.

It was a fine performance from the Rams, who, despite losses in the final rounds, go into the finals series on top and as solid favourites for a second consecutive title.

The win takes Workers into second place, pending the outcome of the Rovers-V-Thistles clash on Tuesday night.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Oh so close! A header from Barry Woods was just one of many very close calls for the Rams. click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Tick tock!

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The pendulum swung true on Saturday when the Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams travelled to Lismore to meet arch rivals Lismore Thistles for the penultimate round of the 2014 season. The Reserve grade match was yet another frustrating outing for the Byron boys. The second string Rams, despite totally dominated proceedings in the first half, couldn’t seem to find the net. The Thistles reserves, conversely, rarely made it into Rams territory but did manage to win a penalty and lead 1-0 into the break.

The second half saw more Rams attacks broken on the Thistles defence until a late cross from Tane Meek found the head of Steve Kirkpatrick who in turn found the net to equalise and salvage a point for Byron.

The Premier Rams fared no better. With the Minor Premiership already secured, the Rams Prems had little to play for beyond their long standing rivalry with Thistles. The Lismore squad, however had second spot in their sights and a lot of pride on the line.

While still down a couple of key personnel, the Rams played their usual fast and efficient football but seemed to lack the hunger and passion of the Thistles. Despite solid performances from the entire team, and the outstanding work-rate Kazuhiro Tsukamoto, Michael Kelly, Barry Wood and Jono Pierce, the Rams’ never quite hit their straps.

Tsukamoto ran riot among the Thistles defence and James Tomlinson had yet another titanic battle with Thistles towering defender, Max Hospers, but the Rams remained scoreless. Thistles once again made the most of their forays into Rams territory and finished a gruelling match two goals up.

Byron keeper, Chris Jones, lost his usual composure after Thistles' second goal and found himself looking at a red card. Coach Damon Bell will have to find a replacement keeper for the final match of the season against Lismore Workers.

The final round, a home game for the Rams, will most likely decide who takes second spot for 2014 and will undoubtedly be another hard-fought battle.

Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Rams midfielder Barry Woods flies high click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Byron bags the 2014 Minor Premiership!

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Last year’s Major Premiership winners, the Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams, have sewn up the 2014 Football Far North Coast Premier Division minor premiership with a solid win over a valiant Goonellabah. After springing Bangalow’s offside-trap strategy and handing the ‘Dogs their biggest defeat of the season (4-1) in the previous round – the Rams enjoyed a week off before Sunday’s visit from Goonellabah.

The Rams Reserves set the tone for the day, with a powerful display that netted six impressive goals - two each to Steve Kirkpatrick and Javier Herrais and one apiece to Sam Owens and Herick Schuenemann. The win boosts the Reserves finals aspirations, giving them a five point margin over sixth placed Goonellabah and putting them in hot pursuit of fourth placed Alstonville – one point down with two rounds remaining.

In the day’s headline match, Goonellabah’s Premier division squad put in a gritty and determined performance against the reigning champs. The Byron back-line worked hard to contain a spirited attack from the Hornets and the Rams went into the break one goal up after a high-flying header from Sam McIntyre.

The second half saw the Rams a little more fired up and in control. Goals from James Tomlinson and late substitute Jonathan Pierce took the champs to a hard earned 3-0 victory.

A nine point lead with two rounds to go has secured the 2014 Minor Premiership and Damon Bell’s all-conquering Rams now have their eyes firmly fixed on finals series. A win in the Grand Final would give Byron their second consecutive Major Premiership and their first double since 2006.

Next Saturday, the Rams meet their Anzac Cup nemesis in Lismore for what promises to be another tough and fiery encounter. Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / James Packham and Nick Baker hold the line in the Byron defence click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Back in the House

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After last week’s first loss of the season loss to Richmond Rovers, the Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams took to their home ground on Saturday determined to make amends. An ambitious Alstonville squad was equally determined to give the championship leaders a run for their money.

 The Rams reserves, battling to keep their finals hopes alive, opened the account in a tough and gritty encounter with a 4th placed Villa.

An early goal from stand in striker Connor Cannon was answered by Alstonville and the match went into the break locked at 1-1.

A very soft pair of yellow cards saw a career-first red to Tane Meek that rallied the Rams and a cracking goal from Jonathan Pierce broke the deadlock.

The 10-man Byron squad took control for the remainder of the match and a late goal from Steve Kilpatrick sealed a gutsy 3-1 win. Outstanding work from Theo Pavil, Jono Pierce, Ben Ahern, Tai Flanagan and young Keeper Isaac.

 In the Premier Division match, the Rams top squad were frequently forced onto the back foot by an enthusiastic Alstonville team bent on taking points from the reigning champions.

The Rams retained the upper hand, however, with tireless Byron mid Kazahiro Tsukamoto a major force throughout the game. A constant threat to the Villa defence, Kaz had a hand in all three of the Byron goals. A Kazahiro cross to Connor Cannon who found the net opened the scoring for Byron in the second half.

With two more goals from Barry Woods and Lachie Dewar, Byron looked to have the game well in hand but a late surge from the young Alstonvillers yielded a second goal and had the Rams defending hard down to the wire for a 3-2 win.

With just four games remaining this season and a nine point lead over second placed Rovers, the Rams can nail down the minor premiership with a win over the Bluedogs in next Tuesday’s local derby at Bangalow. Reserves kick off at 6pm and the Prems at 8pm.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Goal number three came from midfielder Lachie Dewar click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Rams in the Red

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Saturday’s inauspicious Round 13 of the Premier Division competition saw the Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams’ 12-game winning streak come to an end. Wearing the red away strip In a dogged battle with Richmond Rovers, the Rams lacked their usual confidence and composure. The Rams Reserves set the tone, going down to Rovers in a 6-1 drubbing. The second string Rams couldn’t seem to pull it together and were overrun by an enthusiastic and hungry Rovers side.

The Premier Rams battled hard against an even more determined Rovers side in the top-squad match. Byron dominated proceedings for the first 30 minutes and, despite having the run play for much of the match, couldn’t overcome Rovers hunger, spectacular theatrics and attacking game-plan.

Rovers first half goal, thirty minutes in, lit the fire under the Lismore attack and a second goal gave them a handy lead.

Unaccustomed to playing catchup, the Rams struggled to find their rhythm. A late header from Sam Owens finally put Byron on the board and inspired a flurry of attacks that had the Lismore defence scrambling. The Rovers keeper parried shot after shot after shot, and despite spirited Bryon attacks in the final moments the final score held at 2-1.

Lismore Thistles also succumbed to the Round 13 hoodoo, also going down 2-1 to low-ranked Ballina to leave the Rams’ eight point lead intact.

Round 14 has Byron facing an ambitious Alstonville squad at home this Saturday. Reserves from 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Another power drive from Connor Cannon kept the Rovers Keeper on his toes click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Rams Take Ballina Head-On!

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The Park Hotel Byron Bay FC Rams used their heads in overcoming a tenacious Ballina Seagulls in Round 12 of the Football Far North Coast Premier Division Championships on Saturday, with four of their five goals from headers. No joy for the Rams Reserves, however, as this season’s finishing hoodoo continued to haunt the squad. Despite their clear superiority and some quick and decisive play, the number two Rams again failed to take advantage of countless chances and had to settle for another disappointing draw. If the boys don’t start finding the net soon, they may see their finals hopes evaporate.

In stark contrast, Byron’s Premier League leaders wasted no time getting points on the board. A lightning run by flanker Jonathan Pierce caught the Seagulls defence flat-footed. Pierce’s pinpoint cross found the head of Kazahiro Tsukamoto and the Rams took the lead inside the first minute.

Determined not to go down without a fight, the tough Ballina side hit back with a surprise equaliser and dug in to hold the line at 1-1 into the break.

The Rams took to the field for the second session fired up and goal hungry. Totally dominating the play, Byron’s ‘ten-man attack’ shifted into gear, peppering the Ballina goal with shots from all ranges and angles. Two headers from James Tomlinson took the Rams to a 3-1 lead and yet another header from Tsukamoto made it 4-1. A deft tap in the closing minutes gave Tomlinson a hat-trick against his old team and took the final score to 5-1.

After twelve rounds and twelve wins, the Rams sit comfortably at the top of the Premier League table with a commanding eight point lead and an average of four and a half goals per game.

Next Saturday has the Byron squad in Lismore for the season’s second match against Richmond Rovers. It promises to be a tough match, with Rovers out to avenge their first round 8-0 drubbing.

Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / A hat-trick for James Tomlinson against his old team click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Eleven from Eleven

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The Park Hotel Byron Rams continued their winning run on Saturday, with a comfortable Premier Division win over neighbours, Lennox Head. Not so fortunate were the Rams reserves who, despite completely dominating their opposition, managed to finish on the wrong side of the scoreboard. The Byron Reserves totally outclassed an enthusiastic Lennox side but, despite ample playmaking from Jono Pierce and Benny Ahern, chance after chance went begging and the boys went into the shed with a nil-all scoreline.

The second half saw a fight back from Lennox and they began to gain a fair share of possession Johno Manitta put the Rams in front with just 20 minutes to go and Lennox equalised with a soft goal ten minutes later. The goal spurred on the Sharks reserves and, with only minutes remaining Lennox scored again from a corner to take out the match 2-1. Outstanding work from Nathan Burvill, Benny Ahern and Byron stalwart, Jonathan Pierce.

The Premier Division match saw coach Damon Bell’s boys once again dominant from the outset, shredding the Lennox defence with their fast and slick passing game. Once again, however, many chances went begging. James Tomlinson finally broke the deadlock with a fine individual goal that took the Rams into the break one goal up and in total control of the match.

The rams lifted a notch in the second half and more goals fell. One to Michael Kelly, another fine free kick to Connor Cannon and a fourth to Lachlan Dewar. A fine team performance with Sam McIntyre, Shaun Packham, James Tomlinson and ‘keeper Chris Jones the standouts.

The win strengthens the Rams firm grip on the top of the table, with eleven wins and 49 goals from eleven games and only six goals conceded.

Round 12, next week has the Rams away in Ballina with the Reserves kicking off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Steely-eyed Connor Cannon on the hunt click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

GoalFest!

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The Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams once again displayed their league dominance with a 20 goal spree over Tintenbar on Sunday. The Reserves finally found some satisfaction (and the net), totally overwhelming the hapless Tintenbar second string with five goals in the first half and another six in the second. A hat-trick to George Martin, two goals apiece to Javier Herrais, Tai Flanagan and Tane Meek, and a goal each to John Manitta and Theo Pavil rounded out a stunning 11 - 0 victory.

The drubbing continued in the Premier division match with the Rams pounding the league newbies with similar ease. From literally dozens of chances, the Rams finished 3 goals in the first half and romped home with another 6 in the final session.

Goals to Mattias Toghill, Michael Kelly and James Tomlinson, with hat-tricks to Barry Woods and Connor Cannon took the score to 9-0. With the Rams’ ten man attack in high gear, it could easily have been many more.

Byron remains 6 points and an impressive 23 goals clear of second placed Thistles and, at this point, have to be the championship favourites for 2014.

Round eleven, this Saturday, is another home game for the Rams, with neighbours Lennox Head hoping to be the first this season to upset the Byron juggernaut.

Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / A deft flick from James Tomlinson to the boot of Barry Woods saw the midfielder find the net on the volley / click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Rams dominate… again!

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The Park Hotel Rams emphasised their dominance of this year’s FFNC Championships with a comfortable win over yet another quality side, Lismore Workers, on Saturday. The reserve grade match was yet another tough and frustrating affair for the Byron Bay squad. Despite having the edge over Workers for much of the match, the Rams finished a goal down after the Lismore ‘keeper stopped a Byron penalty, and the Lismore squad put another penalty into the Byron net.

It was a different story in the Prems, however, with the Rams on the hunt right from the kick-off. A disciplined Workers outfit had no answers to what appeared at times to be a ten-man Byron attack and were left reeling under the relentless pressure. Twenty minutes in, James Tomlinson headed a ball back to the boot of Kazahiro Tsukamoto who buried the first of the Rams first-half goals. Moments later, Tsukamoto served up a pinpoint cross to Connor Cannon who finished with a deft header for number two. Midfielder Barry Woods bagged two more powerful goals to complete the Rams first half spree.

Byron’s overwhelming dominance continued into the second half, but the Rams relaxed a little in the latter stages and allowed Workers to salvage a little dignity with two ’soft’ goals. James Tomlinson sealed the Rams 5-2 win with another slick header.

Midway through the 2014 season, Byron has defeated every team in the competition and holds a handy six point lead over second placed Lismore Thistles. Round 10 sees the Rams travelling to Chickiba Drive in East Ballina on Sunday for their second encounter with with the Premier League newbies, Tintenbar.

Reserves kick off at 12.30 and the Prems at 2.30.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Rams’ recruit Theo Richard goes hard against Workers int the Reserve grade clash click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Match of the Season

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Billed as the ‘Match of the Season’, Sunday’s clash between top of the table rivals, Byron Bay and Lismore Thistles was no disappointment. The reserve grade teams were fairly evenly matched, with Byron looking the stronger early in the game. A couple of extraordinary defensive lapses from Thistles saw Byron’s lead extend to 3-1 before the Lismore outfit rallied and clawed back two to finish the match at 3-all. Another strong team effort form the Byron Reserves, with outstanding performances from Tai Flanagan, Jono Pierce and Lucas O’Donnell.

The much anticipated Premier division match saw Thistles (down two key players) take to the pitch with a very defensive mindset. The Rams, determined not to let this one get away, went in hard from the opening whistle. A series of lightning-fastattacks from the Rams’ Kazahiro Tsukamoto and Connor Cannon kept Thistles on the back foot and forced some spectacular work from the Lismore ‘keeper.

Byron’s able midfield and back line had the Thistles’ counter attacks under control while the Lismore defence held back a sustained hammering from the Byron forwards.

Sixty minutes in, a soft red card for Sam McIntyre left Byron with a ten man team and a fast and furious battle for the top of the table honours.

Far from wilting, however, the Byron attack became more resolved and relentless, forcing Thistles into an even more defensive mode – repeatedly kicking the ball out of bounds under the mounting pressure.

The deadlock was finally broken when a corner from Conor Cannon was dropped by the Thistles ‘keeper. Byron fullback Nick Baker pounced on the wayward ball to give the Rams a 1-nil lead.

The Byron attack continued right to the whistle, with only great saves from Lismore ‘keeper preventing a bigger margin.

Stand out performances fro the Rams were from the tireless Tsukamoto and Cannon up front, Michael Kelly, Lachie Dewar in the midfield and Nick Baker, the Packham brothers and keeper, Chris Jones. Heading into the second half of the season, the undefeated Byron Bay is now a clear and deserving leader of the Football Far North Coast Premier division and looking like a serious contender for minor and major premiership honours.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Byron’s tireless Kazahiro Tsukamoto races defender Max Hospers for the line click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]