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Michelle Heyman's goal extended the Matildas' long period of dominance over the Football Ferns, but it took some heroics from goalkeeper Brianna Davey to preserve the lead

A goal from Michelle Heyman has given the Matildas a 1-0 win over New Zealand in their international friendly in Canberra on Thursday.

Canberra United striker Heyman scored in the 41st minute to give Australia the lead at the AIS, and they were good enough to hold on until the final whistle.

The Australia cause was aided by a sterling display from teenage goalkeeper Brianna Davey, who pulled off several terrific saves in the first half to deny the visitors.

The home side were unlucky not to increase their lead in the second period, with Samantha Kerr and Katrina Gorry both squandering good chances.

The result maintained Australia's 23-year unbeaten record against New Zealand in women's football, but the Football Ferns get another chance to break the drought on Sunday.

The Matildas are using the matches to prepare for a trip to Europe later this month, where they will take on the Netherlands and France, the latter of who finished fourth at the 2011 World Cup.

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