FORMER Matilda Sarah Walsh has labelled the performance of teen star Mary Fowler the biggest positive to come out of the Aussies’ 1-1 friendly draw with England at Craven Cottage.
The 15-year-old striker played 24 minutes, after replacing Lisa De Vanna.
“It was just exciting to see Mary Fowler was absolutely unfazed by the occasion at Craven Cottage against England in a traditional football-mad country,” Walsh told foxsports.com.au.
“She absolutely stepped up, she was probably the biggest positive to come out of the day.
“The maturity she shows off the ball, the runs she’s making are as good as Sam Kerr.
“She adds something very different, she doesn’t have the pace so she just creates that central point of attack for the Matildas and we really needed that in the second half.”
The Aussies were perhaps lucky to escape with a point, as coach Alen Stajcic shuffled his lineup in the absence of big names such as Sam Kerr, Lydia Williams, Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond. However, Walsh believes this is the last time Stajcic will be experimenting with his personnel with next year’s World Cup on the horizon.
Born to an Irish father and Papua New Guinean mother, Mary is one of five children and all of them aspire to play professional football.
Brother Quivi, 19, and sister Ciara, 17, have both previously represented Ireland at youth level and were born there but are on Football Federation Australia’s radar.
Continuing to play like this Mary will most likely continue to feature for the Matildas who host Chile twice in the space of three days in November as their preparation for the next year’s World Cup continues.