The Illawarra Stingrays have missed a golden opportunity to climb up the NSW Women's National Premier League ladder, with the side losing to Macarthur on Sunday afternoon.
With Illawarra trailing 2-1, Michelle Carney had a chance to level the scores with a penalty kick.
Carney made no mistake, however she was ordered by the referee to retake the kick due to encroachment. This time, she was denied by Rams goalkeeper Sham Khamis.
Macarthur then made Illawarra pay, Nikola Orgill scoring her second goal to hand her side a 3-1 lead. Kahlia Hogg scored for the Stingrays to cut the deficit to 3-2, however the side was unable to find an equaliser, Illawarra ultimately going down 3-2.
With the four teams ahead of the Stingrays all playing out draws this weekend, a win would have seen Illawarra climb to third on the ladder. Instead, they remain in fifth place, with Macarthur now just two points behind in sixth position.
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