Summer Youth League Round 5 Byron Bay’s SAE-Qantm Summer Youth League squad got off to a shakey start against Ballina at Alstonville on friday night.
The young Rams started strong but an unexpected early goal from the bottom of the table challengers spooked the Byron boys into some uncharacteristically scrappy play.
A series of pointless runs and desperately optimistic long-range shots from the Rams only served to lift the confidence of the Ballina underdogs.
The Byron boys spent much of the first half on the attack but, with little sign of their usual discipline and structure, opportunities were squandered and an upset looked imminent.
Clearly rattled, Byron went into the half time break one goal down.
Some well chosen well chosen half-time words from mentors John Bradbury and Ben Ahern seemed to do the trick, however, and the Rams took to the paddock for the second half with more focus and control. Byron’s youngsters led the recovery, with a breaking run and pinpoint cross from Adam Budd finding the boot of young Zak Sezer. A clean drive from the tiny striker putting the Rams equaliser away.
Confidence somewhat restored, the Byron boys regained their composure and settled into a more familiar, fast and smooth attacking game. Knocking the ball around freely and sweeping from flank to flank, the Rams totally overwhelmed the Ballina midfield and defence and left the keeper scrambling. Cool finishes from SYL veterans George Martin and Tane Meek sealed the Rams 3-1 win and moved them to third spot on the table behind Thistles and Lennox Head.
This week has the Byron lads hosting Alstonville at the Ewingsdale fields in Round 6 of the Championship.
Kick-off is at 6.30.
[mainpic]MAINPIC / Fourteen-year-old Zac Sezer opened the account for Byron with a confident finish click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]