MATCH REPORT | Essendon Royals rue missed chances against Melbourne University

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The Essendon Royals senior women were left to rue their missed chances as they drew 2-2 with Melbourne University SC.

The Royals had countless opportunities early in the first half to put the game away early but struggled to convert their chances, leaving coach Johno Clemente frustrated with the end result.

“You don’t take your chances and you don’t win the game, this is football and it’s a hard pill to swallow but this is how it is,” he said.

The Royals started the game brightly at Princes Park and created a number of fantastic opportunities to take the lead.

Eventually, they went ahead courtesy of a goal from Michelle Vidanovski who converted a free-kick brilliantly to finally give Essendon a richly-deserved lead.

As the half drew to a close, it seemed certain that the Royals would take a lead into the break, only to be denied by Uni who scored an equaliser with the last kick of the game.

Despite the set-back, the second half started much like the first and the Royals created what Clemente described as a “boatload” of chances before they eventually took a 2-1 lead through Eiilan Nissan.

With a slender one-goal advantage and the Royals continuing to spurn chances, there was always the possibility that this would be one of those days for Clemente’s women and that fate was sealed 10 minutes from full-time when University equalised for the second time.

The result leaves the Royals four points off second-placed Hume City and the much-lauded second promotion spot in the league.

“‘We had a huge chance to make a statement and we couldn’t do it, but we go again next week,” Clemente said.

“Had one of our many chances gone in, we’d be looking at the game completely differently and be here saying ‘what a brilliant performance,’ but they are the fine margins of football.”

The Royals now refocus ahead of next week’s clash against St Albans Saints.


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