Sydney FC's Caitlin Foord hopes bagging her first hat-trick in the W-League is the start of a rich vein of form after returning from a long stint on the sidelines through injury.
The Lake Illawarra product banged three goals past a lacklustre Perth Glory defence in Sydney's 8-2 rout at Kogarah.
Taking inspiration from the Youth squad's earlier 9-2 victory, Foord said the performance was a product of putting recent work on the training ground into practice on the pitch.
"We all work really good together and we always do good combinations at training. But sometimes we never do them in the game," Foord said.
"That game we seemed to do them a lot so we just finished our chances."
The goal-scoring haul took Sydney's total to 19 after just five matches.
Foord's strikes were her first of the season and helped notch up a milestone hat-trick in Sky Blues colours.
"I have only really ever scored one or two goals before so it was a bit of a surprise to get that many in the game," she said.
"For anyone to score some goals and have their goal-scoring boots on is what every team needs and what everyone wants to have."
The contribution was in stark contrast to Foord's early season for Sydney which saw her restricted to the sidelines with a series of foot problems.
She eventually made her return on Sydney's International Women's Club Championship tour of Japan early last month and believes the overseas adventure was a crucial starting point to regaining match fitness.
"In Japan I played about 30 minutes for two of the games and I ended up playing 90 minutes in the final game. It is good to be back and back playing 90 minutes.
"It was nice to go overseas with a few different group of girls, usually it is the same group of girls with the Matildas," Foord said.
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