A brace from Tilly Kramer helped Illawarra starve off Blacktown Spartans in a well-deserved 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon.
Kramer scored a goal in each half and Michelle Carney added a third to propel the Stingrays to back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
The Spartans had showed determination to stay in the fight thanks to goals from Olivia Price and Gabrielle Marzano.
But when Kramer got her second late in the match it proved enough for Illawarra to leave Blacktown Football Park with the points.
“It is always hard to beat them at home so we are happy,” Stingrays coach Brett Wallin said.
“It’s one place you don’t want to go but our attitude was fantastic from start to finish.
“It was a really high quality game and was played in good spirits as well.
“For us to dominate like we did was great. I think we are starting to get things right.”
The victory helped the Stingrays move to sixth on the ladder, with two wins and two draws.