The Byron Rams were out for revenge against Goonellabah after having to settle for runners-up medals in their Anzac Cup final clash three weeks ago.
The Rams were buoyed by their mid-week 3-2 win against Italo Stars without plenty of their big names and three talented young Rams teenagers made their top-grade debut. A big crowd was in the stands at Byron Bay to watch the two top of the Premier League table teams in what was to be one of the best games of the season so far when a massive total of 10 goals were scored.
After 10 minutes Hornets’ Paul Pomaroy scored from a corner in a goalmouth melee. Just two minutes later Mario Tinning made a lightning-fast attack at hit the ball hard and low past Connell to put them two goals in front.
Moments later young Tim Knight made a fast break down the right flank for the Rams and shot off a lovely cross to Jordy Campbell in front of goal. Campbell made it look easy when he cracked it into the net to reduce the deficit.
Both teams fought a titanic struggle for the next 20 minutes keeping the ball boys busy with their wayward shots until Rams utility Jonathan Pierce flicked a classy pass to Yantra Whitling on the wing.
He forced his way past two Hornet defenders and fooled the keeper to even the score.
Before the fans could settle back in their seats after half-time, a mistake in the Rams defence led to Tinning’s second goal for the Hornets.
At the 13 minute Mark Coulter saved a certain goal shot on the line by Hornets striker Thiago Priori. Soon after, Coulter took a curling free kick, finding “the dancing bear” Greg McDonnell who then flicked it over the Hornets keeper in the top left corner of the net to level the score at 3-all.
The Hornets started to swarm and in the space of nine minutes they scored another three goals.
With 10 minutes to go Campbell restored some dignity for the Rams with an inspired lone attack. He destroyed the Hornets defence and sent a scorching shot into the back of the net. It inspired Byron into attack mode again however they just couldn’t penetrate and the score remained at 6-4 at the final whistle.
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