Goals aplenty in round 3

There were goals aplenty in the Tursa Premier Soccer League over the weekend with Byron Bay and Maclean posting big wins over Italo Stars and Lennox Head respectively. The Byron match was locked up at nil all at half time before the floodgates opened and the Rams ran away with it 6-1 under lights at Oakes Oval. Underrated Byron striker Patrick LOrange found the back of the net twice for the seasiders. In the other whitewash, the Maclean Bobcats mauled the Lennox Head Sharks 5-nil. The Bobcats totally controlled the game from beginning to end, running the competition newcomers around in circles at Skenners Head.

In the second match of the Oakes Oval double header, Rovers and Goonellabah battled out a shabby 1-all draw. Although the two goals by Russell Dent and Jack Williamson were of the highest order, the match itself failed to live up to the hype as neither side managed to build a decent attack. Rovers played into the Hornets hands in the second half by pulling back into a zonal defensive. The Hornets looked shaky at the back early on and Rovers should have put pressure on them. They didn, giving the Hornets a chance to control possession, but they did little with it.

Lismore Workers slumped to their second loss in a row, going down 2-1 to last placed Casino when they visited the Cobras in the beef capital on Saturday. Worse still the loss incurred another send off for the Redmen, who are building a reputation for ill-discipline. Casino also lost two players to red cards in the spiteful encounter.

In the final match of the round Ballina salvaged a 1-all draw against the new look Thistles in Ballina.

In the next round Byron should account for the Lennox Head Sharks when the Sharks cruise up the coast. Rovers will need to be on their guard when they play the Bobcats, who are on a high after washing away Lennox last round. The Hornets might struggle to beat the Seahorses after their Anzac Cup win over Byron Bay. The Casino Cobras will take a depleted squad on the road to Lismore to take on Thistles. All these games begin at 3pm.

The last match of the round, which gets underway at 7pm at Barrow Lane, could be a fiery encounter with the Redmen and Italo Stars feeling the pinch after last weeks poor showings.


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