Soccer: Rovers win, and win big...

RICHMOND Rovers have claimed the first silverware of the soccer season, winning the Tursa Anzac Cup for the first time since 2009 with a 6-0 mauling of Byron Bay at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday night.

Rovers started well with a corner triggering a goal for Ben Morgan after just six minutes, settling any nerves.

They quickly found their rhythm and looked more organised in possession than the Rams, who appeared to be rushing their play.

Late in the half Byron Bay's hopes took a dive when a second yellow card resulted in defender Josh McInerney being sent off.

Rovers captain Russell Dent calmly slotted the ensuing penalty and with an extra man they went on to overwhelm the Rams with four goals in the second half.

Jake Nind, Matthew Olley, Jonathan See and Andrew Casagrande all scored as they continued the Rams' poor record at Oakes Oval.

Byron has now lost five of six appearances in grand finals and Anzac Cup finals at Oakes Oval since 2013.

Disappointed Rams coach Damon Bell lamented: "We couldn't have played any worse if we tried."

Rovers coach Bobby Bugden made the bold prediction at the start of the season that he wanted to win all three titles this year, and is now on track.

"The boys showed just how much talent is in this side with a fantastic per- formance, and it's just given us more belief that we can win the treble," Bugden said.

Wide defender Shane Smith was named player of the match among a host of outstanding Rovers players, who will now refocus on taking the minor premier- ship from Byron.

Rovers also won the Open A division final with a 4-0 result over Tintenbar.

Player of the match Andrew Gray was joined on the scoresheet by Michael Scutt, Murray Towner and Justin Pearson.


Italo Stars took out the Open B final with a 6-2 win over Alstonville.

Player of the match Reggie Sharp scored twice, along with captain Ben Perry, Matthew Whitney and Josh Wraight.

In the Grade 16 final, Alstonville defeated Richmond Rovers 3-1, with Villa captain Gabe Vidler named player of the match.


BANGALOW will represent the Far North Coast in the fourth round of the nation- wide FFA Cup after a 4-1 win over a depleted Lismore Thistles in the curtain-raiser to the Anzac Cup final.

Bluedogs flanker Josh Cole starred with a classy hat-trick before Daniel Crisante netted their fourth goal in an emphatic win.

Bangalow will now host the top side from the North Coast association in the fourth round on May 14.

The Blues found a late consolation goal through Matt Farrington but with several key players missing they didn't have the depth.

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