INTERVIEW: Defender highlights need for killer instinct

Box Hill United senior women’s versatile defender Olivia Ellis has drawn attention to the importance of finding the net more consistently, after the side left Wembley Park with a 1-1 draw against Bayside United on Sunday.

Striker Maja Markovski cancelled out Bayside skipper Margot Robinne’s opener to seal a deserved point for her side. Despite creating a host of scoring opportunities, Box Hill ladies were disappointed though, not getting more goals in a match that they could have edged in the closing stages.

Looking back on the NPLW Round 12 fixture, Ellis said, “Yes, probably [it was a fair result]. They did miss a few and we [also] created a load of chances. It’s frustrating [though], because we did all the hard work and then we didn’t get rewarded for it.

“They were very direct. [It was] their main goal, and they did that well. It’s hard to play [against] a team like that when they are so direct. You lose a ball and it comes flying back down.”

Box Hill humbled Bayside 6-1 in Round 2, but Ellis said that result at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex was inconsequential. “We don’t really think about past results. Every team changes so much throughout the season, you cannot really go on what they did last time,” said the former Bulleen Lions player.

 

With a third of the season over, a youthful Box Hill side have firmly established themselves mid-table in the NPLW ladder, and have booked a quarter-final berth in the Nike FC Cup as well.

Although happy with her colleagues’ progress across both league and Cup competitions, the former Box Hill youth player stressed the importance of a lethal scoring attitude. She said, “We are definitely playing a lot better. [But] at the moment, our main downfall is not finishing our opportunities.

“We are creating so much, we are playing really well. We have just got to focus on hitting the target.

“The past few weeks have been good, and our team is gelling a lot more. We have had a few ins and outs, but we are getting there. We are taking it one week at a time.”

Ellis has featured regularly in the Box Hill starting line-up since her arrival earlier in the season, impressing with her dependable two-footed defensive displays at both centre-back and full-back.

On her progress in the team, the 20-year-old said, “It took me a few weeks to get used to the new formation, but now I am much more comfortable. I am really enjoying it.”

 

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