They say all good things come to an end and Lismore Workers were certainly hoping the Byron Bay Rams had run out of luck for their round three Premier League clash at Richards Oval in Lismore under lights on Saturday night.
The Rams have had a huge pre-season, playing in the Northern NSW FA Champions League Solo Cup, accounting for Port Macquarie 6-1 and Tamworth last weekend 5-1 at Woolgoolga, and the celebrating went on well into the wee small hours.
The Rams also went through four games of the Anzac Cup undefeated and played Goonellabah in the grand final on Anzac Day, losing after a penalty shoot-out.
Unfortunately the heavy schedule has come at a cost, with a high injury toll, and it was a great opportunity for some of the talented young reserves to step up against Workers.
The Workers ‘Redmen’ were on a high after two wins on the trot and were also equal on top of the competition table.
Workers tested the Rams’ refigured defence after only three minutes with a shot just wide of the upright. It was a wake-up call for the Rams and they rallied into their game plan.
Both teams traded attacks without success until the 17th minute when Rams’ Jordy Campbell pinned back his ears and sprinted through the Redmen defence and spun on the touch line with a pinpoint cross where 15-year-old Sam Robson made no mistake with his brilliant header and he racked up his first Premier League goal to put the Rams in front.
The Redmen were smarting and kept attacking the Rams’ backline. Five minutes before oranges Workers’ strikers found a big hole in the defence and a massive communication breakdown allowed their striker to dribble the ball into their goal and even the score.
The Redmen rubbed salt into the wound just seconds before the whistle with a shock attack, again finding the Rams defence in disarray and the Redmen striker unmarked resulting in their second goal.
Rams coach Peter Ware put his boys back on track in the dressing shed and they went into the second half with new determination.
Workers were having a tough time containing the Rams strikers with Sam Owens, Campbell and Tim Knight creating attack after attack and Jonathan Pierce combining well in the midfield. Sam Owens re injured his ankle in one clash and was replaced by Yantra Whitling.
Frustration was starting to set in and young flanker Ben Coulter was sent marching to the showers after his second yellow card. It forced the Rams to play with 10 men for the next 18 minutes and opened a few more gaps.
The Rams fought hard, however, they just couldn’t keep up the intensity and in the last five minutes.
Workers sealed their win with a barrage of shots resulting in their third goal.
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