Press: Byron Rams win football final

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Story & photos Eve Jeffery

The Byron Bay Football Club took home the trophy on Saturday night after winning the Men’s Premier League Grand Final at Oakes Oval against the Lismore Thistles 2–1. Byron came out firing and scored straight up before hitting the net again towards half time. Both scoring balls came off the boot of Sam Owens who had a stella match.

The Thistles just didn’t seem as hungry as the Rams on the night and there appeared to be more white shirted players on the field. Spirits were dampened when striker Nathan McCann was sent to the showers with a red card, but as always with football, it’s never over until it’s over.

A penalty to the Thistles’ Matt Weir gave everyone’s heart a little start but in the end, they ran out of energy and time and Byron walked away with the trophy 2–1.

An entirely different result emerged for the Men’s Premier League Reserves when the Thistles won over the Bay 3–1. See tomorrow’s Echonetdaily for all the photos.

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Press: Byron Bay Rams home soccer supremacy with grand final win

The celebrations are continuing in Byron Bay after the local team took out the Football Far North Coast premier division grand final. The Rams downed arch rivals Thistles 2-1 in the decider at Oakes Oval.

A pair of first-half goals to Sam Owens gave the visitors the early momentum, and a late penalty wasn't enough to give the minor premiers the victory they craved.

Rams' coach, Damon Bell, says it's a major achievement to wrest the title from the powerful Lismore clubs.

"Ah, they're over the moon," he said.

"They're nearly all local boys... everyone lives in Byron or around Byron or went to Byron High.

"So it's a big achievement for the local boys and to wrestle it away from Lismore.

"It's only left Lismore four times since 1949, so it's quite a big achievement."

The clubs also clashed in the premier-reserves decider, with Thistles taking the honours 3-1.

Press: Byron Rams claim their first premiership win in seven years

 

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by Mark Robinson

A BLISTERING first-half performance from Byron Bay laid the platform for the Rams' first major premiership in seven years. Two goals from Sam Owens gave the Rams a 2-1 win over minor premiers Lismore Thistles in Football FNC men's premier division grand final.

The Rams attacked from the outset of Saturday night's contest with strikers James Tomlinson and Seb Bell carving holes in the Blues usually reliable defence.

It took just ten minutes before they scored their opening goal, with Bell beating his marker to dart along the byline and cross for Sam Owens to tap in at the far post.

The goal rattled Thistles and their usual cohesion went missing as they struggled to contain the waves of attacks from the Rams.

Blues custodian Brad Robertson had to make several vital saves, but just before half-time he was beaten again when Owens evaded the attention of two Thistles defenders to slip the ball past the advancing goalkeeper and into the net.

Shortly into the second half Thistles' hopes of a fightback were diminished with a red card for striker Nathan McCann.

This allowed Byron to control most of the game and while they didn't show the same attacking intent as the first half, they still played with more intensity.

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Press: Sam's the man for Byron Bay Rams after grand final triumph

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by Stuart Turner

LUCKILY for him, Sam Owens knows a thing or two about overseeing celebrations. The 25-year-old is the toast of his Byron Bay Rams side after scoring both goals in his team's 2-1 Football FNC men's premier division grand final triumph over Lismore Thistles.

Victory at Lismore's Oakes Oval secured the Rams their first flag since 2006 and was the perfect way to mark the club's 50th celebrations.

Owens, who manages the Lala Land nightclub in Byron Bay, said he was looking forward to the post-match festivities.

"I'll be having a drink out of the cup," he said.

"I came to the club after we won our last premiership.

I always wanted to win a senior premiership - I've been waiting a while for this.

"I'm over the moon."

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Thistles, Byron Bay on collision course

George Martin strokes home a goal to help Byron Bay Rams seal a conclusive victory over Casino. The 6-0 win strengthened the Rams’ chances of claiming this season’s minor premiership.

George Martin strokes home a goal to help Byron Bay Rams seal a conclusive victory over Casino.
The 6-0 win strengthened the Rams’ chances of claiming this season’s minor premiership.

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LISMORE Thistles and Byron Bay look set to battle out the minor premiership title after both sides racked up big wins in the latest Football FNC men's premier league action.

Both teams posted emphatic victories over hapless opponents during Saturday's action, to further cement their grip on the ladder's leading places.

League leader Thistles remains undefeated after a polished 8-2 home win over Goonellabah, while the Rams moved into second place with an emphatic 6-0 away win over Casino.

Thistles were playing their third game in a week but showed no signs of fatigue as they went about dismantling the outclassed Hornets.

Goals flowed freely from the outset with two goals each for Darren Beardow, Matt Armstrong and Nathan McCann.

Ryan Parmenter also struck, while an own goal rounded off the scoring.

It was a similar story for the Rams as they outgunned the Cobras, with two goals apiece for George Martin and Layton Barton.

Seb Bell and Bruce Morhaus also got on the scoresheet to complete the handsome win.