MATCH PREVIEW | Forecast: Goals as Royals welcome Lara United

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It could be set to rain goals at Ormond Park this Sunday when Lara United visit Essendon Royals in Women’s State League 2 North-West action.

While the Matildas are plotting their path to world glory at the FIFA Women’s World Cup this weekend, the Royals are continuing to plot their path back to State League 1.

The Royals are one of the hottest teams in the competition at the moment, having won their last four games scoring 19 goals and conceding just one in the process, moving into second in the league in the process.

Johnno Clemente’s team look unstoppable at the moment, but the Royals coach is cautious of a potentially dangerous Lara United outfit.

Lara is only one win behind the Royals on the table and have pulled off some big wins against the likes of Maribyrnong Swifts (7-0), La Trobe University (8-1) and Melbourne University (3-0).

However, it is frustrating losses like that suffered against Yarra Jets, who Lara lost to in a 6-5 thriller, which has hamstrung Lara’s promotion push so far this season.

Still, Clemente will not allow complacency to set in with his team.

“Lara United is still one of the favourites for promotion in my eyes,” he said.

“They have had some strong results recently and this will be a huge test for the girls to really see where we sit in the league.”

The Royals defence has been almost impenetrable in recent weeks, but will get a good workout this weekend.

Lara may be leaking goals at the back, but they know how to score at the other end. With 27 goals to its name already this season, United is the second-most prolific team in the league.

“This will be a good test for our defence, we’ve got one of the best defensive records in the comp and they’ve got the second-best attacking record so it’ll be a interesting game with the key for three points being a clean sheet,” Clemente said.

“The most important aspect of our game this weekend will be defensively, winning the second balls and transitioning into attack quickly.

“We’ve got the quality to hurt any team but we can’t let them play there style and get a goal. 

“It’s got the potential to be a really entertaining game this week, so I’d encourage everyone at the club to get down!”

Kick off is at 3pm.

Women’s football in Australia is hitting fever pitch with our Matildas seeking to go all the way at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Essendon Royals is also a proud supporter of Football Federation Australia’s bid to host the 2023 WWC and was recently selected as the only Victorian club for a promotional shoot promoting the bid.

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