ON TARGET: Rory Wilson bagged a goal in extra-time to get Byron Bay High into the quarter-finals of The NSW School Boys State Knockout football competition.
ON TARGET: Rory Wilson bagged a goal in extra-time to get Byron Bay High into the quarter-finals of The NSW School Boys State Knockout football competition. Patrick Gorbunovs

Late goal puts Byron High into quarter finals for state cup

A GOAL in extra time from Rory Wilson has propelled Byron Bay High School into the quarter-finals of the Combined High Schools State Football Cup.

Wilson nailed a header to give his side the 2-1 win with just two minutes remaining on the clock against Mitchell High School from Blacktown in Sydney yesterday.

"It was a great match and we had a big crowd on the school oval," Byron coach Shane Wilson said.

"We've got a very good group of players and a mixture of junior and senior students in the team."

Sequoya Rawson-Smith scored the other goal for Byron Bay and was one of the team's best.

Toby Barton and Harper Hain also impressed.

Byron won the Far North Coast regional final against Maclean High School earlier this month.

They beat Orara High School in Coffs Harbour last week to earn a place in the final 16. Byron Bay will find out who they play in the quarter-finals when the rest of the games are played this week.

A win in the state-wide event would mean they advance to take on the sports high schools that have so far been excluded from the draw. There is also a chance to compete at the Australian Championships

"The boys really get on well and love their soccer," Wilson said.

"They live and breathe it and put everything into it.

"We're lucky that we've had some younger players in the team who are very capable. Toby Barton is a tremendous talent and I think he can go a long way."



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