Rams win 7-goal thriller
BYRON BAY and Maclean produced a sensational match at the Bay on Saturday that included seven goals, comebacks from both sides, two penalties and a late winner, before the Rams eventually won 4-3 in the only game played in Far North Coast Tursa Premier League soccer at the weekend.
The pace and cohesion of the Bay allowed them to have the better of the first half, but it took until the 33rd minute before Paul Bird burst down the left, shrugging off defenders before cutting back a pass for Bruce Morhaus to score from close range.
Soon after a Bobcats defensive blunder allowed Patrick L'Orange to steal possession in front of goal for a 2-0 half-time lead.
But as they did against Rovers when they led 2-0 at half-time only to come away with a 2-all draw, the Rams went to sleep after the break, conceding three goals in just 13 minutes to the resurgent Bobcats.
A long throw from Gary Carmichael created chaos in the Rams' box, allowing Kevin Crofton to flick on for Grant Nielson to stab in the Bobcats' first.
Crofton then made it two from the penalty spot, before Aaron Bylos drilled a 25m left-footer for an unlikely 3-2 lead.
The stunning recovery left Byron Bay in disbelief, but they bounced back to equalise through Paul Bird from close range.
In only their second match together, his brother Tim Bird made the comeback a family affair when the Rams were awarded a penalty just five minutes from the end.
His shot rattled off the post but was good enough to find the net, securing a priceless three points for the Rams.
Byron Bay will now focus on the second leg of their long weekend double-header, their local derby against Bangalow tomorrow night.
An away win over the Bluedogs would propel the Rams into the top five for the first time, but with Bangalow desperate to get off the foot of the ladder it looms as a classic battle between the local rivals.
Maclean also have a second match over the long weekend, hosting joint leader Ballina today at 3pm.
In a match critical to both sides, Ballina needs a win to regain the outright lead, while the Bobcats know a loss would probably spell the end of their semi-final hopes.