Albury City coach Robert Brown admitted it has been hard to keep his group motivated in a stop-start senior women’s season.
The defending league champions have lost one game in a year and-a-half, the 2017 cup final, but Brown believes his side will be pushed to the limit against a rapidly-improving St Pats outfit on Sunday.
“I don’t think we are unbeatable, I’m fairly sure we’ll drop a game or two before finals come around,” he said.
“We’ve got players away, players that have been injured and we’ve just come off two weeks of byes.
“It’s very hard to keep a team motivated when you’re coming into a cold season and there’s no game coming up the next week.”
St Pats’ goalkeeper Natasha Anderson is confident they are up to the challenge against City, after narrow 4-2 and 2-1 losses to them earlier this season.
“Our team works well together and we’re still learning and progressing in our football,” Anderson said.
“They’re (City) a really good team and we’re striving to play the football they’ve played for the past few years as well.
“As the goalkeeper, it’s always nice because some games you don’t see a lot of action which isn’t very fun.
“With City, they play really well and it’s always a challenge.
“A lot of them are sharpshooters, but I’m hoping with our defence being as strong as it has been, they won’t be able make those sharp shots.”
Raq Vogel and Kirby Piper-Bye return for St Pats.
“Raq is one of our midfielders and she provides a lot of our communication, so it will be good to have her back,” Anderson added.
“It’s nice having Kirby back as well because she’s one of our main centre backs.”
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