WESTERN NSW Mariners FC turned up the heat on Mount Druitt Town Rangers FC in the second half of their women’s State League clash to claim a mammoth win.
Mariners found seven goals in the second half to take a comfortable 9-1 win over the Rangers at Proctor Park.
The margin stunned Mariners coach Jason Payne, who was impressed with his team’s ability to keep the pressure on the visitors.
“I was not expecting that. I was expecting a game similar to our one against St George, going off the results that Mount Druitt had in the earlier rounds,” he said.
“When we were up 2-0 at half-time I said to the girls not to take the foot off the pedal. We were limiting the space they had in the first half so I told them to try and grab a couple more goals. To get seven, it was a big shock.
“When we were in attack during the second half we just seemed to find plenty of space and Rangers fell away.”
Jasmin Courtenay continued her strong run of goal scoring form with a five-goal haul.
Kristy Collingridge picked up a brace for the Mariners while the remaining goals went to Chloe Lanham and Teegan Courtney.
“Jasmin certainly brings a lot to this side, having W-League experience with the Newcastle Jets,” Payne said.
The win was a crucial one for the Mariners. Western still sit third on the table but now have a four-point buffer over the Rangers.