MATCH PREVIEW | Yarra Jets FC v Essendon Royals SC | Women's State League 2 North-West
Three wins from three in May has the Essendon Royals women flying high in the Women’s State League 2 North-West division.
The ruthless Royals went on a goal-frenzy in May, scoring 12 goals in and conceding just won in three wins against St Albans Saints (5-1), Maribyrnong Swifts (5-0) and La Trobe University (2-0).
Stephanie Pantazopoulos and Sarah Domzalski have been particularly ruthless in front of goals, while Marcela Marques has provided class (and goals) from midfield.
The Royals’ next assignment takes them to Fairfield Park where they take on Yarra Jets FC.
The Jets have struggled for consistency this year but did manage their first win of the season last weekend in a goal fest against Lara United FC, running out 6-2 winners.
Having recently overseen a stunning turnaround in form himself, senior womens coach Johnno Clemente is wary of a Jets team with its tail up heading into round seven and has called for attention to detail from his team.
“They’re a team with confidence and in great form from there last win and they will be itching to keep moving up the table so they’re dangerous,” he said.
“For us, we’re positive after three wins in a row, but the biggest reflection is we’ve still got a long way to go to be at the standard we know we have the potential to be at.
“Every game is a big game and you’re only as good as your last performance. They scored six and beat a very solid side in Lara United so they’re a dangerous team to play at the moment.
“We won’t need any extra motivation, we look forward to the challenge.”
The Royals’ recent hot-streak has put the team in a strong position in third on the ladder, just two points off second-placed Hume City FC, but Clemente is more concerned with building a solid women’s program at the club to build solid foundations for years to come.
“Building a solid women’s program at the club was the first priority this season, but thankfully we’re also getting good results, which proves the quality within the group.
“We’re taking it one game at time, this league is extremely difficult and we’re up against some tough teams so we’re not thinking far ahead.
“It’s a big game this week, our main target is three points and nothing else.”
Kick-off is at 3 pm on Sunday June 2.