Newcastle set a new women’s FA Cup attendance record
Newcastle United set a new Women’s FA Cup attendance record as they came from behind to beat Barnsley in the second round at St James’ Park.
The crowd of 28,565 marked the tournament’s largest attendance outside of a final.
After Emily Pierrepont opened the scoring for Barnsley on 15 minutes, Georgia Gibson equalized with a 30-yard strike midway through the second half.
Minutes later, Sharna Wilkinson scored the winner with a long-range effort.
“I’m really lost for words,” Wilkinson said BBC Radio Newcastle after the Lady Magpies booked their place in the third round.
The team made their debut at St James’ Park in May when 22,134 fans, including men’s manager Eddie Howe and co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi, watched them beat Alnwick Town 4- 0 in the National League Division One. North, which is the fourth tier of women’s football in England.
The draw for the third round of the Women’s FA Cup will take place on Monday.