Rams and Rovers ready for action

Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Marshall provided many memorable saves during the gripping East Lismore derby against Thistles on Sunday but none as spectacular as this one.

The mighty Richmond Rovers are eying off the last remaining regional trophy not already in their possession, the pre-season Anzac Cup, and it looks like it will fit well in their trophy cabinet.

However, before they can get out the silvo and the polishing cloth, they will need to knock off the defending Anzac Cup holders Byron Bay in the semi-final at Saunders Park, Ballina, on Sunday from 3pm.

The Byron Bay Rams, like Rovers, made it through the round robin phase undefeated, after downing Italo Stars 2-0 on Sunday. Rovers snuck past a determined young Thistles outfit 2-1 in their last round match.

Byrons Bruce Morhaus and striker Tom Ruhl found the back of the net.

Rovers Tim Cassagrandes brilliant individual goal combined with Ian McGregors far-post header to get the better of Thistles. Rovers struggled to contain the speed of Tom Boland and his single goal for the men in blue was well deserved.

The winner of the Rovers vs Rams match will play either Lennox Head or Ballina after the two clubs earned a spot in the other semi, also to be played at Saunders Park, on Friday at 8pm. The Sharks, who are all teeth, boasting three of the regions best strikers, hammered the Redmen 5-2 and the Seahorses got the better of Goonellabah 2-1 at Weston Park.

The Sharks feeding frenzy provided goals for Peter ONeil, Paul Kirkland, Ben Andrews, Matt Jolliffe and Andrew Lundie.

Ballinas Troy Percival, who returned from a couple of seasons with Lennox Head, scored both of the sky blues goals.

Bangalow will miss out on the semis, despite a 3-1 home win over Pottsville. Two draws in the earlier rounds put paid to their hopes.

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