MATCH PREVIEW | Essendon Royals looking to make momentum count in trip to Caroline Springs George Cross
The Essendon Royals hit the road this weekend as they travel to the brand new City Vista Recreation Reserve to take on Caroline Springs George Cross.
The Royals are flying high on the back of last week’s comprehensive 4-0 win over Whittlesea United SC and will hope to take that good form into another important game this Sunday.
Much like the Royals, George Cross has suffered from inconsistency all season this year, blowing hot and cold throughout the season.
However, a mid-season recruitment drive has helped to improve their fortunes over the last few weeks, with the likes of former Central Coast Mariners attacker Francesco Stella joining the ranks at the start of the window, followed in the following weeks by Brian Summerskill, George Slefondoras, Rhys Saunders, Andre Rodrigues Lopes and most recently Peter Deng.
The new signings have helped to improve the Georgies fortunes, having won two and drawn two of their last four games.
The Royals have strengthened in their own right, with the arrival of Michael Ferrante, Luca Santili and Davey Van’t Schip from Pascoe Vale FC amongst others.
Van’t Schip has only made the one appearance for the club since arriving but could be set for a return to the first-team this week.
One player the Royals will need to make do without is Ryan McEvoy, who informed the club that he would be departing for personal reasons.
“That was a bit of a blow, but we understand his decision and why he and his partner have made it,” Coveny said.
“Ryan has been a great guy to have around the club and he’s obviously a good player too, so we’re sad to see him go.”
The last time these two teams met, the Royals were put to the sword by a potent George Cross attack in a 4-1 loss at Ormond Park, but senior coach Vaughan Coveny is keen for his boys to right that wrong this Sunday.
“They were clinical in front third that day, so we know that we need to try and repeat what we did last week and concentrate defensively for the full 90 minutes,” he said.
“Preparing and training well will help reproduce that performance of last week.
“Defending collectively was good last week and that needs to continue.”
Coveney has history with George Cross having worked at the club before moving to the Royals and while he looks forward to seeing some familiar faces, he hopes to leave the club’s new home ground with three points to take back to Essendon.
“I look forward to going back to George Cross to say hello to a lot of friends but once the whistle goes its business as usual,” he said.
A win would see the Royals leapfrog George Cross into ninth spot and could potentially see the team progress to as high as eighth depending on other results.
In the Reserves, George Cross are leading the competition, making this week’s contest a tough one for Emmet Sheehan’s men.
The Royals pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind win last weekend against Whittlesea and will hope the confidence gained from that game will spur them to another victory at Caroline Springs.
Seniors kick-off at 3 pm.
Reserves kick-off at 1 pm.