Ressies Provide Spark As It's 'Back To The Drawing Board' For Seniors | Match Reports

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Sydenham Park 8 (C. Davies 3', 25 J. Julardzija 7', 54' D. Sweeney 11', 16', 84 K. Delev 61')

Essendon Royals 0

Senior coach Vaughan Coveny did not mince words after a disappointing day out for the Essendon Royals.

Coveny was left disappointed and frustrated by the performance which saw the Royals go down 8-0 on their travels to Sydenham Park SC on Saturday.

The former New Zealand international said the disappointment was particularly high because he'd seen his team play so well the week before when the Royals won 6-0.

"It's very disappointing, especially after last week," he said.

"I thought we'd finally turned the corner and were moving forward but obviously today doesn't show that."

Essendon found itself down 4-0 in the opening 16 minutes after early goals from Juso Julardzija, Christopher Davies and a quick brace from Daniel Sweeney put the Royals to the sword early in the game.

A red card to Joel Nikolic after 30 minutes only further complicated matters.

Sweeney would finish the game with a hat-trick, scoring Sydenham's last goal in the 84th minute, but not before further goals from Davies, Julardzija and Kole Delev.

A tough day at the office for Graham Kelly and co.

A tough day at the office for Graham Kelly and co.

"We were down 3-0 after 15 minutes and we just didn't defend well enough, we didn't have enough pressure on the ball, so after thinking we'd made some positive steps forward we're just left very disappointed," Coveny said.

"It's back to the drawing board."

Coveny may find himself calling on some of Emmet Sheehan's Reserves players, who provided the positive story of the day with a huge 4-0 win over Sydenham in the 1 pm kick-off.

The Royals Reserves missed out on their chance to set the record straight after a disappointing loss to Keilor Park two weeks ago when last week's match against Banyule City was washed out.

Nevertheless, they took their opportunity this week to get back on the winner's list and in some style.

Josh Tabone was the magician on the day, setting up all four goals including winning two penalties from which the Royals converted both.

The young gun's performance was a delight for all to see and capped off a fine team performance.

The Royals took a 1-0 lead after 39 minutes when some Tabone trickery earned a penalty. Luca Winton stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to give the Royals a 1-0 half-time lead.

It took 20 minutes for the Royals to score again and it was Tabone who once again did the hard work to tee- up Jesse Walker to provide the two-goal buffer the Royals deserved.

Tabone won a second penalty in the 73rd minute allowing Winton to score his second before George Vasilakakos scored the fourth and final goal of the day at the far post to pounce on a goalkeeping error from another Tabone cross.

Reserves coach Sheehan was delighted with the performance.

"We just played the game we've wanted to play all season for the full 90," Sheehan said.

"We were well and top and we were composed, which was great to see.

"We really wanted to put the record straight after that disappointing result against Keilor Park a couple of weeks ago."

The Reserves result provides a silver lining to an otherwise disappointing day out for the Royals, who must now pick themselves up ahead of next week's trip to Clifton Hill.

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