Three goals in seven minutes seals it for Byron footballers
BYRON Bay has snuffed out Alstonville's hopes of scraping into the semi-finals of the Football Far North Coast Anzac Cup with a solid 3-1 away win on Tuesday night.
Played in wet conditions at Crawford Park, the first half was a fast paced but tight affair with neither side able to breech the others defence.
But soon after the restart Rams striker Tyson Kaye turned the game with two quick goals and then provided an assist for English midfielder Sam Smith to net their third, all within seven minutes.
Villa managed a late consolation goal from a Jarred Parker free kick and despite the loss put up a strong showing with defenders Brody Parker and Eamon Banks playing well along with tall flanker Rick Hanna and captain Joel Perkins.
"While I'm disappointed with the result I can't complain about the effort put in by the guys and we've got plenty of positives to build on for the opening premiership round in a few weeks time," Villa coach Andy Brown said.
Best for the Rams were in-form striker Kaye, along with midfielders Aaron Walker and Lachlan Dewer.
After winning all three of their pool games, the Rams will now prepare for their semi-final showdown against Lismore Thistles at the Bay on Sunday, with co-coach Damon Bell wary of the Blues.
"All three of our games have been against lower ranked sides so we haven't really been tested yet, while Thistles have been hardened by some tough opposition, so it'll be interesting to see how we go against them," Bell said.
The other semi-final will be played tomorrow night with Richmond Rovers vying with cross-town rivals Lismore Workers for a place in the final at 8pm.