Disputed penalty gives Rams win
A CONTROVERSIAL penalty in the final minute allowed Byron Bay to complete a dramatic fightback and escape with a 3-2 away win over Alstonville in Football FNC premier league soccer on Tuesday night.
Byron conceded an own goal early but equalised by half-time thanks to a well-taken goal from flanker Tim Knight.
The Rams brought on new Japanese signing Kazuhiro Tsukamoto for the second half, but Villa again took the lead with a stinging 30m drive from Rick Hanna.
With 20 minutes left the Rams levelled again when Tsukamoto dummied a cross from Knight to set up Tom Ruhl for the finish.
Ruhl was heavily involved in the Rams’ fightback and when brought down on the edge of the box in the dying moments, it triggered the winning penalty.
The Villa players hotly disputed the decision, claiming the foul was committed outside the box, but Ruhl slotted home the dot shot.
The result gives Byron a share of second place with Richmond Rovers, nine points behind runaway leader Goonellabah, but leaves an unlucky Villa still eighth.
The other game scheduled between Ballina and Bangalow was washed out.