Crummer delighted after first Liberty A-League hat-trick

Brisbane Roar striker Larissa Crummer says she felt “pretty excited” after scoring her first Liberty A-League hat-trick in Friday’s big win over Newcastle Jets.

Crummer produced perhaps her finest performance of a highly encouraging campaign at No.2 Sportsground as she led the Roar to a commanding 5-1 victory.

The 20-cap Matilda added the finishing touch to a flowing team move in the first half and notched twice more after the interval to take her season tally to six goals.

Asked afterwards if she was pleased with her performances to date, Crummer replied: “Absolutely. Especially in that one, netting three goals.

“It’s my first hat-trick [in the competition], so I’m pretty excited about it.”

The 26-year-old’s second of the match was assisted by midfielder Katrina Gorry, who also supplied a defence-splitting pass for Anna Margraf’s opener.

Crummer paid tribute to her in-form team-mate.

“Mini is on fire at the moment,” she said.

“I’m happy to be playing with her behind me. She’s been setting me up all season. She’s an awesome player.”

Not only did Crummer’s performance inspire the Roar to a second successive win, it also delivered reward for effort according to Head Coach Garrath McPherson.

“She’s been knocking on the door of scoring that many goals for a while,” he said of the striker.

“It was wonderful to see her do what she did. There were some really nice goals as well, so it was really pleasing.

“We put in so much hard work in training. Our creators and our goalscorers have been working really hard. It was going to happen at some point.”