Belconnen United 2 Monaro Panthers 0
Women's Canberra National Premier League grand final
United player Jess Pritchard challenges Panthers player Ashleigh Palombi. Photo: Melissa Adams
After 90 goal-less minutes in Sunday's Women's Premier League grand final, Matildas coach Hesterine le Reus was waiting for Michelle Heyman to take it by the scruff of the neck.
The star striker didn't disappoint. Her extra-time brace propelled Belconnen United to a 2-0 win over Monaro Panthers to complete a dominant season.
Le Reus watched the game from the Hawker stands with Canberra United's new coach Liesbeth Migchelsen and her predecessor Jitka Klimkova.
Heyman failed to make an impact for most of the match, but stepped up when it mattered.
''I see her today playing a bit reactive - I'd like to see her a bit more proactive,'' le Reus said before the extra time began. ''Maybe I'll have a chat with her.''
There's now no need after Heyman's late heroics. She broke the deadlock in the 117th minute with a powerful header from a Catherine Brown corner. The 25-year-old sealed the deal just moments later with a calm left-foot finish.
''Hesterine told me if I didn't get three [goals] it isn't very good. I scored two, so that's close enough, hopefully,'' Heyman laughed.
Now she's hoping to translate that into Canberra United's W-League season.
Heyman won the Golden Boot to spearhead United's 2011-12 championship win, but failed to have anywhere near the same impact last season.
''I hate not being that person. I put pressure on myself to be the league's leading goal-scorer - that's my job,'' Heyman said. ''I'm happier. Last season in Denmark I wasn't playing the best football, then I came back here and didn't score the goals I should be. It's hard to have that name and pressure on you all the time to be a goal-scorer.''
While Heyman is looking to return to her best, Canberra United may have an exciting prospect in the wings in Monaro 15-year-old Olivia Moore.
The central defender kept Heyman honest all game, and deservedly claimed the Julie Murray Medal as player of the match.
In her maiden first-grade season after moving from Cootamundra, Moore says her tussles with Heyman have helped her blossom.
''Every time I play against Michelle she's built me up in how I can read her play, and made me a stronger player,'' she said.
''It's always been my dream to get up there [W-League], and I've always wanted to play on TV.''
No one will be more grateful for Heyman's late show than her Canberra United teammate Brown.
Brown sprayed a penalty shot over the crossbar on the half-hour mark after Heyman had been brought down in the box by Monaro's Stephanie Coates.
She also missed with the goal wide open late in regular time, but Heyman spared her blushes.
It was pure relief for Belconnen, who lost last year's grand final to Woden Valley. Belconnen's win was achieved without key midfielders Grace Field and Sally Rojahn. ''Grace and I have been working really well off each other, so missing her in the biggest game of the season was a bit different,'' Heyman said.