MANLY LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK ON THE ROAD
Manly United women’s Premier League coach Tom Hopley said his team will be “fired up” this Sunday as they seek to put memories of last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Northern Tigers behind them. Indeed he’ll “definitely be looking for a reaction” when his team takes on Macarthur Rams at Lynwood Park.
Asked what the team needs to improve on last weekend, Hopley said the team’s been creating decent chances, just not finishing them. Asked what his team has to do to beat Macarthur, Hopley said: “Finish our chances!”
“Macarthur are a top side; undefeated and on top of the table. So they’re obviously doing something right! They’ve got a new coach this year and are vastly improved.
“They have a number of highly-experienced players, as well as some current Canberra United players. So we’re expecting a very tough game,” Hopley said.
One player Manly need to be wary of is Western Sydney Wanderers forward Leena Khamis who along with a number of team-mates are “wily veterans who can punish you if given half a chance,” according to Hopley.
“And our girls are fired up for it. They were just as frustrated as I was with last weekend’s result. And one thing I know about this group is that they’re fierce competitors,” Hopley said.
Asked to name one Hopley replied: “Tash Prior is definitely one to watch. We are playing her old team and some of the things she does in training are frighteningly good. Both Tara and Remy Siemsen are coming off the week in Matildas camp, so I expect them to be buzzing also.”