For a glorious half hour, Launceston United could dream about marking their first season in statewide women's soccer with some silverware.
Leading reigning league champion Olympia through an early goal from the game's standout player Jess Robinson, United were the better side and deserving of a half-time lead.
That they didn't keep it was down to their only major mistake of the half which pre-empted an equally untimely lapse the other side of the break before Warriors wrapped up a deserved 3-1 win late on.
Twice outplayed by their illustrious opponents in the league this season, United had hinted at tactical changes for the cup showpiece and duly delivered.
Madi Gilpin's increasing influence earned her a central striking role with regular forward figurehead Dani Gunton redeployed to track the dangerous Innocent Michael, whose passing can be as long and eye-catching as her ponytail.
With Karla Jones assigned to help Nichola Clark at centre-back, releasing Gonya Luate to support Robinson in midfield, the switches transformed United's structure and helped to deliver their early goal.
Former England youth international Robinson was running the show, collecting every loose ball and providing some excellent distribution.
On 10 minutes, Robinson played a delightful one-two with Gilpin on the edge of the box before drilling a shot under keeper Kacee Ponting.
With one Jones sliding tackle on the dangerous Mia Cane embodying the team's approach, United were looking capable of extending their advantage.
Robinson's creativity mostly exploited the Jess McCallumsmith/Laura Dickinson threat down the right before one move suggested the left was just as dangerous.
Elodie Gray and Maddie Lohse combined delightfully to find Gilpin whose rushed shot went wide.
Unfortunately, this was as good as it got for the Northerners.
Moments later they lost Gilpin who fell awkwardly when closing down a defender, left the field in obvious discomfort and ended the day in a sling.
The enforced change unsettled United who were soon feeling yet more pain.
They were seconds away from a half-time lead when Olympia's first real effort of the match, a weak shot from Charlotte Chambers, somehow squeezed under Sydney Carnie for the equaliser.
Flattered to be level, Olympia were transformed after the break, claiming the lead early, confirming the win late on and - within sight of Elwick Racecourse - threatening to gallop away.
Another defensive lapse gifted Olympia the lead as a deflected cross was only parried by a back-pedalling Carnie, allowing Madi Chambers to bundle in from close range.
The same player should have added a second, following a superb link-up with Ella McConnon, but somehow hit the post before eventually sealing the result from a similar position with seven minutes left.
With co-coaches Lynden Prince and Frank Compton repeatedly calling for "workrate" from their side, United had chances, notably from the tireless Robinson and a Gunton header, but faded as Warriors grew in both confidence and advantage.
Compton later confirmed Gilpin had a suspected broken wrist while captain Gunton was magnanimous in her post-match address to the crowd.
"It's the first final for the team so an amazing opportunity," she said.
"Obviously, we're disappointed but it was a great game and well done to Olympia. We had a ball out there. We did not get the result we wanted but feel we have won."
"We're very proud of the girls," Compton said. "They committed to the gameplan to try and play in their final third. We had struggled to do that previously but it meant we were able to get runners from midfield which is what gave us our goal and set us on our way.
"I don't think we left anything on the pitch which is what we said in our team meeting last night. We wanted to finish exhausted and having tried our best and I think we did that.
"On stats, probably the best team won and we cannot argue with that and the girls will definitely learn from it.
"It's been a bit of a learning curve this year. I don't want us to become bridesmaids because there's nothing worse than that in football and I feel we can come back stronger from this.
"We had a lot of leaders out there."