Bay claims first finals spot

Byron Bay clashed with Lismore Workers at Oakes Oval on Saturday, where Nolan Pierce and Baitok Ring fought over the ball.(photo courtesy of The Northern Star)


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BYRON Bay has become the first club from Football FNC to progress to the quarter-finals of the Solo Cup, after a well constructed 3-1 win over Lismore Workers in their third-round clash at Oakes Oval on Saturday.

The Rams had to recover from a disastrous start after conceding a penalty to Batok Ring and having Tom Ruhl and Sam Owens forced off with injuries in the opening 15 minutes. But a gritty Rams outfit hit back with a through ball from Nolan Pierce releasing striker Jordy Campbell who beat two defenders before smashing the ball into the net to equalise by half-time.

Campbell was a constant menace to the Workers’ defence and gave the Rams the lead with his second goal – again using his pace and strength on the ball to beat defenders before unleashing a clean finish.

A third goal from substitute Yantra Whitling wrapped up a solid win for Byron, who will now contest their quarter-final in either Newcastle or Coffs Harbour, as they chase their share of the $10,000 Solo Cup purse.

Mark Robinson

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