Brown looks to the future

Melbourne Victory young-gun Ashley Brown has already achieved much more than the average 17-year-old in her fledging football career, but the talented teenager won't rest until she reaches the pinnacle of women's football.

Melbourne Victory young-gun Ashley Brown has already achieved much more than the average 17-year-old in her fledging football career, but the talented teenager won't rest until she reaches the pinnacle of women's football.

For now, Brown's immediate focus is on upstaging undefeated Westfield W-League premiers Canberra United in Saturday's semi-final in the national capital.

But the boom youngster, currently in her second season with the Victory, is crystal clear on her future goals in the round-ball game.

"The main goal is to make the Matildas, that's where I want to end up," Brown declared.

"I went away with the Under-19s to Vietnam and I made the under-17 Australian side as well, but nothing with the Matildas yet.

"The best experience I've had in football is definitely just going away with the Australian teams, it just highlights that's definitely what I want to do. I enjoy it so much and those are definitely the best times."

The impressive winger started playing football at the age of eight and mixed it with the boys well into her teenage years before entering the elite women's ranks.

"My Dad and brother played so I was always playing with them and I played in boys teams my whole junior years which was very beneficial for me and a good challenge," she said.

She added of the chance to play in the Westfield W-league: "It's great. It's a great opportunity to be seen and to travel and play against all the best players in Australia so I'm really enjoying it."

"This is my second year so both years we've made the finals, which is pretty good so far."

Known for her speed and skill on the ball and crisp delivery into the box from out wide, Brown is one of the brightest prospects in the women's ranks.

She credits former teammate and Matildas star Melissa Barbieri as a major influence on her career and lists a former England captain among her football idols.

"Melissa Barbieri for sure, even though she's not with us this year she was last year and even before that she has been a big influence on my football for sure, so I look up to her a lot," he said.

"Alan Shearer was a big favourite, I love him, he's an amazing player. I used to watch him a lot and I got a lot of little tips from him, and I obviously used to watch the Socceroos a lot as well."