In the 106th minute of last weeks semifinal win against Melbourne Victory, the Glory's 16-year-old found herself in the opposition penalty box.

Already leading 3-2, many players may have been tempted to try a shot themselves and secure some personal glory, but instead, she heard the call from her captain and squared the ball back for Sam Kerr to seal the win.

This little cameo neatly sums up just how mature this Glory young gun is, and what an asset she is to her team.

The free-scoring duo of Rachel Hill and Kerr have rightly captured all the headlines, but Sunday's performance showed that Glory has unearthed an exciting young talent.


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McKenna was simply looking to earn herself a starting spot when she started the campaign but has matured during the season and has now cemented her spot in the number 10 role.

The Cockburn youngster has only ever played one final in her short career, in the Football West Night Series tournament against Northern Redbacks early last year.

But she is now set to take part in the biggest game of the domestic season.

She’s looking forward to the challenge, however, and despite the rigorous semifinal, McKenna is confident she’s ready to go.

“I was pretty sore yesterday,” she said at Glory’s open training session on Wednesday evening, “but the body’s been good. We did recovery, I’m just ready to get back out there.”

Their opponents on Saturday are the only team in the league to have matched Perth’s goal tally, with both teams having scored 28 goals apiece, and McKenna recognises the threat that Sydney FC brings.

“They’re a very good team, with strong players everywhere. They’ll want it as much as we will, but we’re just going to work really hard this week and I think it will be a good match," she said.

"Personally, I just want to get on the pitch, enjoy it and play for the team and hopefully win.”

She also revealed how Matildas superstar Kerr has helped her in her debut season.

“She’s put a lot of faith in me and is always right there supporting me and helping me. She just gives me great feedback.”

There is a steely resolve to this Glory team, and McKenna spoke about how they were trying to prepare as though it were just a normal game, but recognised that this was different.

“We know we’re playing a Grand Final this week, so there’s lots of energy and we’re all really happy,” she said.

The bookmakers have Sydney as favourites for the game on Saturday, but Glory seem to thrive on being underdogs, and with McKenna now blossoming under the guidance of Kerr, who would bet against them?