Byron Bay Rams
It wasn’t the sort of start the Rams were looking for, being overwhelmed 4-1 by Goonellabah Hornets on Saturday in the opening round of the FNC premier league at home.
The game always promised to be a thriller with Rams coach Peter Ware back at the Bay after coaching Goonellabah last year.
A lightning-pace goal to the Hornets in the first 15 seconds caught the Rams napping and proved a shock to morale.
The Rams’ defence stayed tight and at the half-time break the Hornets had tallied four shots to the Rams’ 10. However, the score was still at 1-nil.
In the second half the Rams were soon on the defensive with goalkeeper Kai Connell having to flick a Hornets shot over the crossbar. Another lapse in concentration 20 minutes in allowed the Goonellabah strikers in for their second goal.
Another mix-up five minutes later left a Hornets striker unmarked and they made no mistake to slot their third goal.
The Rams’ forwards – Jed Wright, Jordy Campbell, John Bradbury and Tom Ruhl – fought back strongly with wave after wave of attack.
But it wasn’t until the 85th minute through a beautiful flick from John Bradbury that saw the ball spinning past the keeper.
The disappointed Rams finished 4-1 down and will now be fired up to win at Italo Stars tomorrow night.
The Rams’ Premier Reserves game against the Goonellabah Hornets was a hard-fought match.
Rams keeper Alex Gray was fearless, putting his body on the line to save shot after shot. Anthony Jarvis worked overtime in defence, while Brazilian Thiago Priori kept the crowd entertained with his fancy footwork. Mitch Lindsay worked tirelessly testing the Goonellabah defence.
10 minutes from the half-time break, Shane Banks slotted a great pass to Priori who shot the ball low just inside the left upright
Mid-way through the second-half Rams defender James Packham saved a certain goal. At the 75-minute a questionable penalty was awarded to the Hornets, which keeper Alex Gray was unlucky not to stop, taking the score to 1-all. And that’s how it stayed.
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