Walker up to the task
KURT Walker secured the Lismore Workers Redmen the Tursa Anzac Cup with a 4-3 win over Byron Bay Rams at Oakes Oval last night.
As the officials conferred on injury time the Redmen stacked the Rams penalty area waiting for Jay Keevers to deliver what turned out to be the match-winning corner.
The ball hung in the air, as did the Rams and Redmen's supporters' hopes, with Walker climbing high to make contact.
The ball looked to be going wide but curled into the side netting and half the crowd erupted the rest were left to rue the one that got away.
"It was exciting right down to the end," Lismore Workers coach Scott Collis said.
"Against a side with the qualities of Byron you never feel comfortable, even two goals up we knew they had the players to hurt us.
"It was a true final, a great game to watch."
The man judged best on field, Wayne Mortimer, made an unchecked run into the area and powerfully headed home Keevers' corner to give the Redmen a 1-0 lead on 24 minutes.
Mortimer doubled the advantage seven minutes later when he let loose with a right foot drive from inside the area that whizzed past the Rams keeper Pierce Essery at the far post.
The Rams reduced the lead, to 2-1, four minutes from the break with a driving header from central defender Ian Lennie.
Tane Meek's corner was met by Lennie, on the top of the six yard box at the near post, and despatched into the net.
The Rams needed to be the first to score in the second half and while it took 18 minutes to achieve the desired outcome the wait was worthwhile.
Rams striker Tom Ruhl curled a free kick that found Henrick Shuenemann lurking at the back of a crowded penalty area.
His shot was dropped by the Redmen's gloveman Simon Cleaver.
Arron Richter-Steers tracked in well and buried Cleavers' fumble - game on - at 2-all.
Two more goals were to follow, first to Mortimer for his hat-trick and then Ruhl, who got on the end of a Sam Owen cross at the far post and a 3-all score line with nine minutes to play.
Shuenemann was sent off for an apparent dive that earned his second caution of the game, with several minutes to go.
Byron Bay last won the Anzac Cup in 2007 while Lismore Workers were last victors was in 2001.