Illawarra Stingrays will contest a fifth consecutive Women's Premier League grand final after overcoming rivals Macarthur Rams 3-2 in Sunday's preliminary final.
The Stingrays let slip a 2-0 advantage, but battled back for a 90th-minute winner and set up a mouth-watering grand final with Marconi Stallions.
The feat is the sixth successive grand final for Illawarra, after the high flying squad contested a Super League decider before joining the Premier League.
"We have such a professional group of players, I am just so happy for them," coach Brett Wallin said.
"Some of the girls are getting to the end of their careers now and I think that had a little bit to do with the nerves on Sunday."
Illawarra had the better of the opening exchanges at JJ Kelly Park, but couldn't put anything together.
That all changed when young striker Jordan Baker scored two goals in the space of two minutes to give the Stingrays a 2-0 lead.
Baker got on to the end of a pair of through balls and finished expertly to the delight of the home crowd.
Macarthur pulled a goal back before the break and then piled the pressure on in the 87th minute with a second.
But the Rams' equaliser seemed to light the fire under Illawarra again, as they put the foot down to ensure the game wouldn't need extra time.
A mountain of pressure in the final five minutes paid off when Michelle Carney scored a magical header from a corner to give the Stingrays a 3-2 win.
"It was a funny game, it was never smooth it had a lot of ups and downs," Wallin said.
"We were definitely the better side, I don't think anyone will say we weren't the more deserving. But it wasn't a great performance, it was a nervous performance and we don't usually have them."
In a tense finals encounter, Wallin heaped praise on his two-goal heroine Baker.
"They were really good striker goals," Wallin said.
"For a young girl in her first year in first grade, they were really professional finishes you would expect from an older striker, not such a calm finish from a young girl."
Earlier in the day, the under 12's and 16's were both knocked out at the last hurdle before the grand final, going down 3-0 and 3-2, respectively.