City on cusp on W-League three-peat
IT took 246 minutes for Melbourne City to score against Brisbane this season.
It took the City women six more minutes to find another in Sunday's semi-final at Perry Park.
And it took just those two goals to send the all-conquering W-League giant into a third-straight grand final in which it will seek a third-straight title.
The Roar finished on top of the ladder, eight points clear of City, who it had a win and a draw against in the regular season.
But as Kyah Simon said pre-match, finals football is a different beast.
And as the cream rose to the top in steamy Brisbane conditions, it is City that has, for the second time in two seasons, advanced to the decider from fourth spot.
Now, with the overwhelming class coach Patrick Kisnorbo has at his disposal, no one would back against City making it three championships from three seasons against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
Aivi Luik opened the scoring in the 66th minute, before Welsh superstar Jess Fishlock iced the contest in the 72nd.
"The heat was a killer today, but both teams just pushed through," Luik said on Fox Sports.
"Playing Brisbane, who won the premier's plate, at their home ground in this heat - which they're semi-used to - I'm just so proud of our girls for executing our plan to a tee."
It was 32 degrees at the 4pm kickoff, with drinks breaks taken in both halves.
Both sides refused to give an inch throughout the absorbing encounter.
But around the hour mark City started to turn the screws.
And after Simon went close in both the 63rd and 64th minutes, Luik broke the deadlock in the 66th with a strike that deflected off Clare Polkinghorne.
Earlier Luik may have been lucky not to have conceded a penalty after a tough challenge on Hayley Raso late in the first half.
But that the 32-year-old midfielder would score the go-ahead goal was apt reward for a player who may not get the recognition some of her higher-profile teammates might get, but who is a player that has been instrumental to City's three-year dominance.
Mackenzie Arnold could have done better to parry away Fishlock's cheeky lob six minutes later.
But City will not care.
MELBOURNE CITY 2 (Luik 66, Fishlock 72) def BRISBANE 0
At Perry Park, Brisbane