CANBERRA UNITED youngster Hayley Raso used her snubbing by Brisbane Roar as motivation to prove a point in yesterday's W-League grand final.
Last year the Gold Coaster was invited to train at the Queensland Academy of Sport, which Roar head coach Jeff Hopkins also oversees.
The 17-year-old was overlooked for a scholarship, forcing her to take a chance and head to the capital in search of an opportunity.
After a one- week trial, she received a W-League lifeline when offered a contract by Canberra coach Jitka Klimkova.
And she admitted the fact yesterday's grand final was against the Roar gave her more incentive to perform.
''To be honest it did, I wanted to beat them and it was great,'' Raso said.
''I never got into the QAS but I did do training blocks up there and not getting offered that is always disappointing.
''I came down for a trial and Jitka offered me a contract, it was an incredible feeling.
''But I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to come to Canberra and this amazing club, it's all turned out for the best.''
Raso wasn't the only United player who earned sweet redemption yesterday.
Perth recruit Emma Kete also won herself a premiership medal, having joined the club after her Glory contract was torn up for an alleged stoush with a teammate.
Kete was a second-half replacement for Raso yesterday.
The New Zealand international's experience helped United deny a surging Roar an equaliser late in the match.