Saturday, June 1, the Byron Bay Rams played hosts to Lismore Thistles in a top of the table clash for both the premier and premier reserve teams.Thistles Reserves team were previously undefeated and they began the game as if this was going to be their seventh straight win with an early goal.
However the goal seemed to spur the Rams into action and they began to dominate. Rams midfielders James Tomlinson, Bruce Morhaus and Herick Schuenemann took control of the game and it wasn't long before Tomlinson got on the end of a great break by Yantra Whitling to equalise. One-all and all to play for in the second half.
The second half saw the Rams playing free flowing football with the defence holding fast and the front runners menacing. Yantra Whitling scored from a great cross ball by Mark Greenslade but, once again, Thistles replied to make it a two-all. The irrepressible Bruce Morhaus sealed teh match with two more outstanding goals (and one disputed rebound). Final score Rams 4 Thistles 2. This was an outstanding result for the Rams Reserves and a performance full of heart.
In Premier division, the Rams started strong and soon had Thistles on the back foot. An injury to captain Ian Lennie forced a restructure of the Rams defence. Thistle capitalised on the ensuing disruption with three unanswered goals in rapid succession. The score at half time remained 3 to nil in favour of Thistles. A half time regroup by coach Damon Bell produced an infusion of energy and the Rams went on the offensive. Within 3 minutes, Mauro Michi cut a fine ball back to live wire midfielder Todd Knaus who netted one for Byron. Three one and it was came on. The midfield of Lachlan Dewar, Tommie Inoue and Todd Knaus were in control while James Packham, Sequoya Rawson Smith, Lucas O'Donnell and Nick Baker held the Thistles attack at bay. With Sam Owens and George Martin providing fine cross balls up front, Seb Bell and Michy Mauro were peppered the Thistles goals. The Thistles defence was under pressure.
The Thistles goalkeeper was on form, repelling the Rams attack with one fine save after another. Time was running out and their was to be no Houdini escape this week as, in the dying stages with the Rams in all out attack, Thistles scored on the counter-attack for a fine 4-1win. This result has seen the Rams relinquish first place. On Tuesday evening the Rams play Goonellabah away.
There are no games next week due to the long weekend break.