Byron Bay's SAE-Quantum Under 20s made it two out of three in Round 3 of the Football Far North Coast Summer Youth League competition. After a solid win over Alstonville in the first round and a somewhat disappointing showing at Maclean in Round 2, the young Rams' went into Round 3 on Friday night fired up for a win.
Jonno Pierce's new squad is beginning to gel, with the new recruits growing in confidence and settling in with the more seasoned campaigners.
Mullumbimby/Brunswick were equally keen to get some points on the table after losses to Casino and Alstonville but, despite a spirited performance, were convincingly outplayed by the Byron boys.
Tane Meek pounced on a rebound to drive home the opening goal at the 28th minute and, shortly after, found newly returned Byron legend Sam Robson unmarked in the box. No question – 2-0.
Robson kept up the pace and pressure and battled his way through the Brunswick defenders and drove home a powerful strike taking the scoreline to 3-0 at the break.
The second half delivered more of the same, with entertaining football from both sides and plenty of attacking from the Byron front line. Repeated forays from the tireless Nolan Pierce failed to bear fruit and Byron's Byron's fourth and final goal came with another powerful drive from Yantra Whitling.
Byron keeper Lachie Baynes produced some spectacular saves but was finally beaten by an unstoppable free kick from former Byron player (and Man-of-the-Match for Mullum!) Kare Isaac.
Byron's Premier Division Keeper, Pierce Essery, produced some spectacular moves up front during a rare on field outing and was unlucky not to score.
This Friday evening, the young Rams head to Lennox Head for Round Four of this highly competitive under 20s competition. Kick-off is at 6.30 and the football is guaranteed to be fast, skilful and entertaining.
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