With their positions in both Reserves and Premier Division finals series locked in, the Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams hosted two strong Lismore Workers teams on Saturday’s finale round of the FFNC championship. The Rams Reserves, finishing in fifth spot on the competition ladder took on second placed Workers in what proved to be a dogged battle for dominance and goals.
Despite impressive work from Benny Ahern, Jonathan Pierce, Dakota Dixon-King and Connor Cannon, the Redmen were just too strong for the Byron boys. Workers found the net three times while Steve Kirkpartrick put Byron’s only goal on the board with a clinical finish.
In the Premier Division, It was a tough final Round for Byron’s Minor Premiers who couldn’t seem to win a trick. The play was all Byron’s way from the beginning but a spectacular ‘goal-of-the-season’ from Connor Cannon was disallowed for a high foot infringement.
A controversial (aren’t they all?) penalty and another red card for Byron defender Sam McIntyre gave Workers a tenuous lead and reduced the Rams to ten men before half time. A gutsy performance saw the 10-man Rams continue to dominate after the break, with sustained attacks from Kazuhiro Tsukamoto, James Tomlinson, Connor Cannon and Barry Woods putting the pressure on the Workers defence and keeper, Simon Cleaver.
It was a fine performance from the Rams, who, despite losses in the final rounds, go into the finals series on top and as solid favourites for a second consecutive title.
The win takes Workers into second place, pending the outcome of the Rovers-V-Thistles clash on Tuesday night.
[mainpic] MAINPIC / Oh so close! A header from Barry Woods was just one of many very close calls for the Rams. click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]