Manly eager to tame the Rams
By Chris Curulli
Libby Copus-Brown knows that Manly United cannot be complacent heading into their first home game of the NPL NSW women’s season against Macarthur Rams on Sunday afternoon.
That is despite Chris Williams’ side kicking off their campaign in style with a 6-1 victory over Bankstown City last weekend.
Copus-Brown was one of the standout performers at Jensen Park, scoring a goal and assisting two of her teammates in a dream debut outing with the club.
“It’s always good to start on a positive note in a new team,” the Newcastle Jets midfielder said.
“The girls have really made me feel welcome and I’m sure the other Newcastle girls will say the same – it felt like we clicked really well.
“I spoke to Chris before the season and scoring goals and creating goals in the number 10 position was something that I wanted to work on.”
This weekend Manly host the Macarthur Rams, who they memorably defeated 4-3 back in the 2017 Grand Final.
The Rams are always a highly competitive outfit who have qualified for four out of the previous six NPL NSW Women’s Grand Finals.
Like Manly they head into this contest off the back a victory of their own over the Emerging Jets in round one.
Copus-Brown’s W-League experience has alerted her to the quality of Canberra United’s Khamis sisters, Leena and Sham, who are mainstays up front and in goal for the Rams.
“I think we know that Macarthur will be an even tougher challenge than the weekend just gone, so we need to build on what we have started and keep going forward,” she said.
“I know that both Khamis sisters will be out there competing hard on either end of the field.
“I we need to try our best to keep them out of the game as much as possible.
Copus-Brown is also looking forward to another “familiar face” joining the squad in the form of striker Tara Andrews, who will provide even more firepower in the final third.
Kick off at Cromer Park is at 3pm.