Byron Bay's SAE-Quantm Summer Youth League squad put their Round 5 bye to good use with a 'friendly' against a squad of Byron's senior players. The young guns performed well against their more seasoned club-mates and took out the match 2-0.
The exercise appears to have paid dividends, with the squad for last Fridays all-important clash with the undefeated Rovers looking far more cohesive and confident.
With storm clouds looming dark on the horizon, the Rams took the upper hand right from the kick-off, determined to spoil Rovers undefeated run and stay in contention for this year's title.
Wave after wave of attack had Rovers on the defensive for most of the game, with stand out performances for the Rams by Tai Bui, Mav White, Nolan Pierce, Sam Robson and Tane Meek.
First goal of the evening fell to young Tai Bui, who found the net off one of many corners. The Byron attack was relentless, but dangerous counter attacks from an equally determined Rovers had Byron 'keeper, Pierce Essery, frequently airborne.
A pinpoint cross from flanker Tane Meek was neatly finished by Sequoya Rawson Smith giving Byron their second goal for the night. Rovers managed to claw one back to stay in the game, but were no match for the polished Byron squad.
Both teams kept the hammer down right to the final whistle providing spectators with a very fast, exciting and entertaining display of football.
The Byron win leaves three teams at the top of the table with only one loss apiece. Should Byron eliminate Thistles in their November 29 clash, and barring any upsets, the 2013 championship will come down to a goal difference race between Rams and Rovers.
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