Round 2 of the Anzac Cup pre-season competition saw the Byron Rams meet arch rival Lismore Thistles at the Ewingsdale grounds on Sunday, March 8.
Thistles and Rams have contested the Anzac Cup finals for the last two years and have been fairly evenly matched for the last few seasons so, despite last week’s comfortable win over Richmond Rovers, the Rams knew they were in for a tough contest.
From the opening whistle, it was clear that Thistles’ seasoned line-up and an early start in the State Cup had created a much more resolved playing unit. While the Rams did put to gather some attractive football, they lacked the consistency and cohesion of the Thistles squad.
Relentless attacking had the Lismore crew with three on the board in the first half and their rock solid back line held out all but one strike from Rams new recruit, speedster Tyson Kaye.
With a mild breeze at their backs, the Byron boys settled a little in the second half, knocking the ball around well and frequently putting the Thistles defence under pressure. A fourth goal to thistles dampened Rams’ hopes of a comeback but not their fighting spirit and a second goal from Will Ennis salvaged a little dignity for the Rams.
The final score 4-2 to the Thistles.
Round three of the cup has the Rams meeting Ballina, in Ballina, on Sunday at 4.30pm.
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