SHARNA WILSON admits she was left stunned by the ‘worldy’ wonder goal she netted to help Newcastle keep their Women’s FA Cup hopes alive.
The defender scored the winner as the Magpies fought from 1-0 down to seal a 2-1 second round in front of a crowd of 28,565 at St James’ Park.
Spectator numbers saw the club establish a new record for the largest attendance at a Women’s FA Cup game outside of the contest final.
And it also led the Magpies to set a new record for the biggest crowd to ever watch a women’s football game at St James’ Park.
Wilson, who was subbed on in the second half, told BBC Radio Newcastle: “Watching from the sidelines, it’s one of those ones that once an (opposing) team scores here the mood goes down.
“But then you know that everyone in the crowd is just going to lift everyone back up, and especially in our dressing room.
“No one is going to give up and everyone has each other’s backs, especially people coming on.
“And I think everyone of those players who didn’t come on (the pitch) have made an impact.
“I’m just really glad that I came on and we gave it that little bit of an extra push.
“We’ve been in situations before when we have been like one-nil down, two-nil down and we’ve come back from it.
“The game is never lost until the final whistle goes so we just keep pushing and kind of showing character but that’s what’s instilled in us to do.”
Emily Pierrepont opened the scoring with a thumping effort from just outside the 18-yard box in the 15th minute before Georgie Gibson levelled with her 30-yard strike in the 68th minute.
And Wilson sealed the win for her side with a spectacular effort from distance with the ball bouncing off the post into the net.
Of her stunning strike, Wilson added: “I took it (the shot) because I could see she (the goalkeeper) was off her line and it went in and so it paid off.
“A couple of my coaches were in the crowd, and one of them properly said just shoot and score a worldy and that was pretty good advice”.
The victory saw Newcastle enter the pot for the contest’s third round fixtures.
The draw will be conducted live on talkSPORT on Monday (28 November) at 7:00 pm.