Every football team has days they would rather forget.
Unfortunately for the Illawarra Stingrays, that day came in Sunday's major semi-final loss to Marconi Stallions.
If it could go wrong it did for Brett Wallin's side, who were forced to contend with a send off and two crucial injuries in their 5-1 defeat.
"I just don't know what else could have gone wrong," Wallin said.
"We played with a very inexperienced team in the end.
"All of our experienced players, other than Michelle Carney and Jess Cooper, were sitting on the bench or not available."
The Stingrays went behind early in Sunday's match after Marconi's Linda O'Neill stole possession from Illawarra's defence and laid the ball off to Nicola Bolger to finish.
Illawarra levelled five minutes later through a Jordan Baker half volley, but from there it was all downhill for the Rays.
Within minutes of the goal, star attacker Caitlin Cooper was forced to leave the pitch with a shoulder injury.
Marconi then compounded the pain, as Bolger doubled her tally shortly before half-time.
Trailing 2-1 at the break, the Stingrays then lost Caitlin Denyi to a suspected torn ACL.
Just when Wallin thought it couldn't get any worse for his side, Kristen Lee was handed a red card for a last-gasp challenge and Marconi were awarded a penalty.
It was converted by Marconi's Allana Kennedy before Helen Petinos scored a brace to seal an emphatic 5-1 Stallions win.
"Until we got the red card the game was anyone's, even with our players off," Wallin said.
"I will be honest, in the first 15 minutes I thought our young players were overawed.
"And I told them at half-time I was disappointed with that. We got rid of the ball too quickly, when we had time we didn't use that time.
"It wasn't until they scored their goal that we actually settled down and then we started to play football."
Thankfully for the Stingrays, they will get a second chance in a potential knock-out home game against rivals Macarthur Rams.
There was better news in the junior grades with the under 16s securing a 1-0 win over North West Sydney Koalas and the under 14s defeating FNSW Institute in a penalty shoot-out - 12-11 - after scores were locked 2-2 at full-time.
The under 12s were also able to progress with a penalty shoot-out victory over Northbridge.
As a result, the Stingrays still have four of their five teams in title contention.