Box Hill United senior women’s enterprising striker Maja Markovski has given a lowdown on how she is delighted with the progress made in both club and Australian Schoolgirls colours.
Given the license to roam in the final third of the pitch by the coaches at Box Hill, the youngster has excelled as a dependable and skilful striker with her hold-up play and footwork.
Netting four goals so far across all competitions and building a strong partnership with senior striker Emma Hubbard, Markovski has lived up to the reputation in her second season at Wembley Park.
Her hardworking display was at the heart of the side’s tenacious 2-0 extra-time win against Alamein FC in the Nike FC Cup Round 4 on Thursday, with the winning goals coming from Hubbard and Markovski.
Looking back on the win, which was the side’s fifth in the last seven outings across all competitions, the former Heidelberg United forward said, “It was tough. They (Alamein) are a very quick and physical team. But all credit to the girls, we wanted it more.
“[Going into extra-time, head coach Brian Roberts] said that we are the better team and [we need] to keep pushing, don’t let them get past us and keep working hard, [then] the goals will come. And they (the two goals) did.”
On her role in the squad as the roaming striker, and playing alongside Hubbard, Markovski added, “I like it. It’s sometimes difficult when you come across big players. But it’s good for my game.
“It’s good to play alongside Emma [as well], because I learn a lot off her [in the way] she plays, and she is a good goal-scorer.”
The industrious teenager recently attained success with the Australian Schoolgirls team, winning the 9th Annual Dallas International Girls Cup in Texas, USA.
Markovski featured in all six of the team’s matches and scored seven goals on their way to glory. The Australian youngsters came up against Seleccion Funza of Colombia in the semi-finals and overcame the Minnesota Thunder Academy in the grand finale on penalties.
Reviewing her success with the national side, which she also represented in 2018, Markovski said, “It’s been good [progressing] to that level. Obviously, it’s a lot harder and playing alongside really experienced girls. So, [I am] learning a lot and improving.
“I learnt that in the USA, [football] is a lot faster and more physical. So, when I come back here, these are the things I can work on.”
Images courtesy: Maja Markovski / Matt Johnson