After scoring 15 goals for NTC in Victorian NPL Women in Melbourne in 2017 and goals at the AFC U16 Championships, nothing but the W-League beckoned for Kyra Cooney-Cross.

You wouldn't have thought the pacey attacker had signed her first professional contract in the 2017/18 W-League season. 

She played 12 matches in Victory's side, scoring her first career goal against Newcastle Jets and adding another against Adelaide United. 

Cooney-Cross was rewarded with a nomination for NAB Young Footballer of the Year. 

International triumph loomed for the then 16-year old, and some stellar performances at the AFF Women's Championships in 2018, including three goals, rocketed her to the radar of the Matildas selectors. 

Ante Milicic picked Cooney-Cross as a member of his train-on squad ahead of the World Cup and got her first big strut at the big dance. 

At just 17 watching from the bench and flying back home following the pre-tournament camp, her time in the spotlight in the Matildas isn't far away.