Stingrays' attackers in potent exhibition

Stingray Jordan Baker
Stingray Jordan Baker


Stingrays' attacking duo Jordan Baker and Michelle Carney combined for a seven-goal haul in Illawarra's 8-0 demolition of Northbridge on Sunday.

Baker scored four while Carney added a hat-trick as the Rays made it back-to-back wins for the first time since round two.

Coach Graham Shaw said the pair's hot form had been a feature in recent weeks and it was only a matter of time before they put it all together.

"When strikers are scoring they can tend to go on a run so hopefully it continues," Shaw said.

"We have been working on it in training, working on our taking our opportunities in and around the box and it definitely happened on Sunday."

He also paid tribute to the high quality service the attacking pair received throughout the rout.

"Our two wide players Tilly [Kramer] and Sophie [Hancock] had really brilliant games," Shaw said.

"Most of the goals came from that sort of area. Balls being cut back in front of the goals or on the edge of the 18-yard box.

"We were 4-0 up at half-time and I said to the girls 'Let's not take our foot off the pedal'," Shaw said.

"There were more goals to be had and to their credit they went out and did the same thing in the second half."

The win will keep the Stingrays off the bottom of the ladder, one point clear of Blacktown Spartans, ahead of next week's massive clash with Sydney University.

The Students dished out a 6-0 drubbing to Illawarra earlier in the season.


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