Even in a campaign which has already produced the unexpected, this was an emphatic and breathtaking statement.
The Illawarra Stingrays had handed back top spot with last week’s loss to Sydney University, only to respond with a stunning 5-1 thumping of fellow title contenders Macarthur Rams at JJ Kelly Park on Sunday.
“It shows what we’re capable of,” coach Carmelina Moscato said. “But most importantly it shows we can take control of an important game when we work really hard. Hopefully it’s the start of something special.”
Moscato had tactically managed to shut down Sydney FC’s W-League star Georgia Yeoman-Dale, who had produced 22 goals for the Rams.
Instead, Hannah Beard finished with a double, as the Stingrays converted a 2-nil lead into a thumping win.
Evelyn Chronis, Katelyn Leadbeatter and Erica Halloway were also on the scoresheet, to stay within three points of Uni.