Stingrays up for final stoush

SHOWDOWN: Stingrays defender Caitlin Cooper and her teammates will play finals football this weekend. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
SHOWDOWN: Stingrays defender Caitlin Cooper and her teammates will play finals football this weekend. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Stingrays coach Carmelina Moscato has no doubt her side peaking at the right time for finals football as they prepare for Sunday’s major semi final against Macarthur Rams at Valentine Sports Park.

The first year head coach couldn’t have been happier with her troops as they look to set up a date with league title winners Sydney University next weekend. 

“They are definitely up for it,” Moscato said.

“At training we were working on some defensive structures and the girls were owning the strategy. They were all talking to each other and working hard to make it effective.

“For me, that’s a success to see them buying into it.

“We have so many leaders on our team and they have all really stepped up.”

The Rays and Rams couldn’t be split across two meetings throughout the regular season.

Macarthur were too good for Illawarra when they beat them 3-1 in round seven before the Stingrays returned serve with an emphatic 5-1 triumph at JJ Kelly Park later in the campaign. 

“Those matches were like night and day,” Moscato said.

“Since we beat them they’ve got two key players back in the Khamis sisters, Leena and Shamiran, so we know they are going to be stronger than that day.

“With that said, I am excited because I know we have improved since then as well.”

The loser of Sunday’s match will still get a second bite of the cherry, but will meet the winner of the minor semi final between Manly United and Football NSW Institute in a knockout final next week.

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