Box Hill United senior women begin their 2019 Nike F.C. Cup campaign on Thursday (8.30 PM kick-off) against Boroondara Eagles, and assistant coach Sam Mlynarz said the squad wants “to put our best foot forward” for a “different challenge”.
Box Hill last won the competition in 2012, and were runners-up against Calder United in 2018. They now go into the Round 3 clash against 2015 champions Boroondara at the Knox Regional Football Centre.
Our ladies side square up against the Eagles following back-to-back NPLW wins, and looking into Thursday’s match, Mlynarz said, “They are a good team and are always going to be a challenge. We’ve probably got an advantage having played nine games going into it. Our match-fitness is up.
“But having said that, we have played quite a few games. We do have a bit of fatigue in the team, and we just have to play it how it comes.
“It (our form) has certainly been giving us confidence going forward. But Boroondara are going to be a different challenge – probably some older bodies and a bit more experienced [side].
“We are up for a fight. It’s going to be on a good deck on a synthetic pitch. So, we’ll have to play good football to break them down and score goals.”
Box Hill have a new-look team this term, following a squad overhaul during the pre-season. Despite new faces in the side, and the fact of being beaten finalists in 2018, Mlynarz played down any added pressure.
He said, “Every game for us is like a final. [In the] Cup, it is magical, and we want to be progressing. We made the final last year and that’s everyone’s ambition.
“I don’t think it’s an added pressure. We are a new squad, and everyone aims to make the Cup final. So, everyone’s in it and we are going to put our best foot forward.”
Mlynarz added, “We have lost some experienced players, but we have picked up some great youth players who are really putting themselves in the shop window for higher honours. It’s really good to see that we are progressing.
“We have all been together for only [a few] months, and the sky is going to be the limit if we can stick together and work hard.”