22.4 C
Byron Shire
March 1, 2021

Byron wins another FFA Cup round

Latest News

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

Other News

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Suffolk pump track

Dr Ray Moynihan, Suffolk Park Thanks to The Echo for ongoing coverage of the debate about the proposed pump track...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

Midfielder maestro Thiago Priori fought a tough battle for control of the park. Photo Dogwhistle
Midfielder maestro Thiago Priori fought a tough battle for control of the park. Photo Dogwhistle

Dogwhistle

The Northern Hotel Byron Bay Rams came out firing in Saturday’s FFA Cup qualifying final at Lismore’s Southern Cross Football Centre.

The in-form Byron squad met Coffs Coast Tigers on the synthetic turf in the battle for a place in the next round of the FFA Cup Championships.

The Rams hit the Tigers hard from the opening whistle, with two dangerous runs on the Tigers’ goal and two corners within the first two minutes.

Five minutes in and the Rams took their first point with a free kick from Thiago Priori finding the head of Gianluca Bongiovanni, whose perfect deflection left no chance for the Coffs keeper.

Despite completely dominating the play, the rest of the opening session was a frustrating affair for the Rams, with countless attacking moves failing to find the net.

The drought broke early in the second half when a hard tackle brought down Sam Shepherd in the Tigers’ box. Bongiovanni stepped up and scored the penalty to take a 2–0 lead.

Some clumsy passing from the Byron boys turned attack into a scrambling defence shortly after. The Tigers took advantage of the lapse and gained glimmer of hope with a surprise goal.

The Rams quickly regained control of the match and turned up the heat on the hapless Tigers.

Midway through the second half, Sam Shepherd broke through the Coffs defence with a 40-metre run  before crossing to Bongiovanni who smoothly slotted in his third.

Jono Pierce came off the bench to lob a spectacular shot from near the halfway that cleared the keeper to make it 4–1. A corner from Pierce in the final moments of the match reached Simon McCarthy on the back post, who headed the ball back across goal onto the boot of Bongiovanni, who tapped in his fourth and sealed an emphatic 5–1 victory for the Rams.

The win takes the Rams through to the Newcastle round of finals over the June 10 long weekend and a chance to take on some heavy hitters from the National Premier League.

In the meantime, the busy Byron squad heads to Lismore this Saturday to meet traditional rivals Richmond Rovers in the regular season comp.

Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Truth

Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing...

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...