Scott Chipperfield played in the most famous comeback in Illawarra football history.
At 3-nil down, the Wolves covered themselves in glory with a breathtaking penalty shoot-out victory against the Glory in Perth, in the 2000 National Soccer League grand final.
And here he is 19 years later, in a similar scenario coaching the Stingrays, in a breathtaking elimination semi-final against Blacktown Spartans.
Down 3-nil after half-an-hour, the Stingrays rattled off four goals to lead at half-time, before winning 5-4 to stay alive and move on to another sudden-death semi-final against Sydney Olympic.
The experience of Erica Halloway, Michelle Carney and Caitlin Cooper took control after the disastrous early period, while Kaelah Austin finished with a double and Chloe Middleton also scored.
"I'm pretty proud of them," Chipperfield, who scored the Wolves' first goal, the crucial second-last penalty in the shoot-out and won the Joe Marston Medal for man-of-the-match, said.
"We probably should have finished in the top three and then we're three goals down in an elimination final, so to hold our nerve and fight back to win was pretty amazing.
"There was a bit of confidence in the group afterward, a bit of belief they can handle whatever is thrown at them now.
"I did laugh about it later, thinking about the Wolves' grand final, it's not every day you can come back like that, let alone in a big final."
(There's) a bit of belief they can handle whatever is thrown at themScott Chipperfield
Reeling after conceding five straight goals, Spartans responded with 10 minutes remaining to setup an exciting finish.
But aside from a couple of desperate scrambles in the box, Blacktown failed to produce the clear-cut opportunity to send the game into extra-time.
"After all of that, I didn't want to be going into extra-time," Chipperfield said.
"But they handled the situation really well, for the most part of the second half I was confident we would win."
The Stingrays will also take confidence from their last meeting with this weekend's rivals Sydney Olympic, where they dominated to win 4-nil.
In the major semi-final, the Tigers will meet premiers Sydney University for a spot in the grand final.
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