Rovers capture adequate draw
Football Far North Coast
Rovers have all but sealed the Football Far North Coast point score premiership after swapping late penalties with the Byron Bay Rams on Saturday afternoon. In a gripping and fast paced encounter on Bill Harris Field in East Lismore, the Rams looked like they had snatched a late winner after a harsh tackle in the box left referee Glen Gibbs little opportunity but to point to the spot. Aaron Richter-Steers duly steered the shot into the back of the net. Then in a rather softer replay at the other end Gibbs gifted Rovers a penalty a minute later.
The draw means Rovers are virtually assured the minor premiership as Maclean or Stars would need to score some huge wins in the final three rounds to catch up with Rovers for and against average.
Meanwhile, the Burringbar Bandits stole rights to being the first club to ever forfeit a premier league game. Goonellabah picked up a 3-nil win for the crime, which cast some doubts on the extension of the league to the north and gives further credence to Macleans bid to stay in the Far North Coast competition.
Bangalows slim hopes of making the semis went the way of all things on Saturday as the Bluedogs were savaged by the Maclean Bobcats 3-nil. One of the Bobcats best, Aaron Bylos, brought down the Bluedogs with a sweet volley after 30 minutes, then fellow Bobcats Travis Armstrong and Tom Usher fell on the prone beast, each laying on deadly blows. The big cats look like earning a home semi.
The Lennox Head Sharks trawled the waters around Ballina with grim effect, with a 2-1 mauling of the Seahorses, who lie floundering mid-table. The win means that the Sharks now lie in wait in fifth spot on the table. Hammerheads Troy Percival and Mike Raeburn did the damage, drifting to the far post before heading in.
In a game of overcast temperament the Stars shone through the gloom to capture a 2-1 win against crypt inhabitants Lismore Workers. In a game which rarely illuminated the hearts of the spectators, Craig Wiblen provided a bright moment with a nice run from midfield and a clean finish. Wayne Mortimer scored a second for Stars before half time. Workers Dean Casey gave the strugglers a chance at an upset just after the break but the game dwindled away for Workers as neither side could string together a decent attack.