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Byron Bay FC remains undefeated in the Summer Youth League after a tight 1–1 draw against South Lismore in their top-of-the-table clash last week.

With both teams without a loss in the SYL, the contest lived-up to expectations of a fiery encounter.

The game in front of a big home crowd was a see-saw affair in the opening minutes, with both sides feeling each other out. As the match went on, Byron began to take the ascendency and in the final few minutes of the half they made it count.

Pressing high up the pitch, the Rams’ defence won the ball in the attacking half. With the South defence out of position, Zahi Addis took full advantage to open the scoring with his third goal in three games.

The second-half started just as the first did, with both sides coming out with high aggression. 

This time though, that aggression was misplaced as a Byron defender fouled the opposition in the penalty box with Souths equalising from the penalty spot.

It was a goal that roused South Lismore as they began to attack further, turning the match into an end-to-end affair with both sides having chances to score the winner.

It was a match the Rams  feel they should have won.

While it was not a win, the result keeps Byron near the top of the table and within striking distance of a third consecutive SYL title.

Meanwhile, the Spell & The Gypsy Wildcats won their second match in a row, beating the previously undefeated Lismore Thistles 1–0.

Byron’s season continues on this Friday when they take on Casino RSM at Weston Park in Goonellabah. Kick-off is 8pm. Wildcats kick-off at 6.30pm.

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