Illawarra bring down Jets to claim top

20-01-2019 by admin

Nikita Woods hits a long ball. Picture: ROBERT PEETThe Illawarra Stingrays surged to the top of the competition with an 8-3 thrashing of the Emerging Jets on Sunday.

In their only game on WIN Stadium this season, the Rays put on an attacking masterclass to maintain theirunbeaten record in 2016.

Erica Halloway was outstanding scoring a double while Jordan Baker came off the bench to nab herself a brace.Matildas’ Michelle Heyman and Caitlin Cooper both scored goals before being substituted in the second half and Michelle Carney and Lucy Nolan also cashed in.

Illawarra had led 4-3 at the break after a free flowing first half which saw Lucy Kell (twice) and Clare Wheeler score for the Jets.

The Rays tightened up at the back in the second stanza and stormed clear for an impressive win.

Stingrays coach Earle Canvin was impressed with his team’s improved defensive display after the break followingsome shaky moments in the first.

“Weare young and when they make a mistake they put their heads down instead of moving on with it.The second half we were a lot better and didn’t concede,” he said.

The win helped Illawarra jump clear into first on the ladder with 14 competition points.

It leaves them one point clear of Sydney University and a further point ahead of Macarthur and North West Sydney Koalas.They’ll meet all three of those clubs in the next three weeks, starting with the Rams this weekend.

“We have Macarthur next week which is a huge game for us to see where we are at,” Canvin said.

“With the Matildas campaign now, the girls will miss a few more games than what we would have thought. We will try to manage them and also keeping our girls confident as well.So far, touch wood, we are going OK.”

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