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Heroic effort by youth league

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Down several key players for last Thursday’s round of the Summer Youth League, Byron Bay’s SAE-Qantm boys struggled to find their rhythm – and the Goonellabah net.

Goonellabah, fighting hard with only nine players, put in an heroic performance and led the young Rams for much of the game.

It was only after their keeper was injured and the Hornets were reduced to eight players that Byron’s player/coach Ben Ahern managed two quick goals to even the score.

It was yet another frustrating result for the Byron boys whose on-field performances are not reflected in the competition ladder.

Full credit to Goonellabah for a courageous performance and to Byron’s Johnny Manitta for his outstanding display of sportsmanship toward the injured keeper.

After a week off, the Wildcats girls take on Lismore Thistles this Friday at Ewingsdale, kicking off at 6.30pm.

The Byron boys will be looking for a better result against Thistles, with their match at 8pm.


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