Top teams can’t be separated

Byron Bay Rams 2 v Lismore Rovers 2

The fierce rivalry between the two teams over the past two years has resulted in five draws, so was this game going to have a winner?

 Neither side could afford to have a draw with Goonellabah just a point behind and both The Rams and Rovers sitting on equal top of the table.

The long, wet season with injuries has finally taken its toll on the Rams squad.

 With only just the bare number available it was going to be a hard day at the office. With only 15 minutes remaining before kick off in the warm up it was going to get even worse.

Anthony Jarvis broke down and was sent to the hospital with a suspected broken leg. He was diagnosed with a broken leg later which he sustained two weeks prior and did not know its extent.

With only 10 players, all of whom had injuries, this was definitely going to be a long hard day at the office. Shayne Banks who had just played in reserve grade was just about to eat a pie and can of Coke. He changed quickly and the Rams had a starting eleven.

The game was fast, physical and no place for the faint-hearted. At half-time the score was one-nil to the Rams thanks to a great goal.

Jordy Campbell turned in front of goal 30 yards out with a thunderbolt shot rattling the crossbar and the ever alert Yantra Whitling connected with the rebound for a great goal.

Rovers equalised 10 minutes into the second half with a great goal from an acute angle after a individual run by Joel Saye.

 Thirty minutes in and the Rams took the lead with a goal from Sam Owens.

With only 10 minutes remaining, Rovers’ Russell Dent, after good lead up work, shot from 40 yards out to find the top corner with a fantastic shot giving Kai Connell no chance.

Six minutes of injury time and the final whistle blew with still no result between the top two sides. Both teams were applauded off the field.

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