Wallsend have gained another win in the Premier League after defeating the Thornton Redbacks, but the victory wasn’t without cost.
Red Devils midfielder Libby Copus-Brown had an afternoon of glory, and misery – while the young Jets star opened the scoring for the Red Devils with a 40-yard screamer, she was also cruelled with an injury that may have called time on her 2019 season.
The match at Thornton Park opened as a stalemate, with both sides failing to get one into the back of the net for almost a full hour. It was a “top drawer shot” from 40-yards from Copus-Brown that finally got the game going. The “screamer”, Wallsend coach Brad Jones said, was a reminder of the goal the young Newcastle Jets star had netted in the W-League just a few months ago.
“If we had BarTV out at the field, the goal of the season would already be done. Libby’s was an absolute screamer, not too dissimilar to what she did in the W-League from when she won goal of the month, it was just pure class,” he said.
Shortly after the opening strike, Kaylah Pisani managed to put Wallsend two goals ahead before Sophie Milton hit back for the Redbacks. The strike lifted Thornton’s spirits and allowed the side to battle out the rest of the match.
With six first graders unable to play, home coach Alan Primmer said he was pleased with the girl’s efforts despite the final score.
“We hit right back, and they got one towards the end. They deserved to win in the end, but I was very, very pleased with how we played in both halves,” he said.
“Our structure may not please everyone we play, but we want to make teams happy that they got away with points, and we’ve done that. Then you just can’t counteract a 40-yard cracker that hits the top corner, I haven’t figured out how to stop that one yet.”
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Wallsend managed to score one final goal through Jess Evans ahead of the full-time whistle, securing a 3-1 win away from home. The victory stretches the Red Devils’ undefeated run to four in the past month.
While Thornton’s loss keeps them at the bottom of the ladder, Wallsend’s two-goal win keeps them locked in fourth place for their third consecutive week in a row.
Jones confirmed after the match that he wasn’t 100 percent sure what had happened with Copus-Brown, or whether she would be ruled out for a major period of time.
“Not knowing what’s going on with Libby, that will hurt us if she’s out for an extended period, but unfortunately that’s football,” he said. “We just hope that it’s not too bad, but we just have to wait to find out now.”
Also in the eighth round of the WPL, New Lambton prevailed after a whopping 5-nil win against Merewether, while Warners Bay kept hold of second with a 2-nil win over the Rosebuds away from home.
Finally, South Wallsend also retained their standing in third with a haul of goals against the travelling Football Mid North Coast outfit. Ashlee Brodigan and Maryjane Mason both scored twice for the Wolves.
TABLE: New Lambton (24), Warners Bay (18), South Wallsend, Wallsend (15), Merewether (12), Mid North Coast (6), Adamstown, Thornton (0).