MATCH REPORT | Essendon Royals boost goal difference with big win over brave Maribyrnong Swifts

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The free-scoring Essendon Royals continued their promotion tilt with an emphatic 9-0 win over the Maribyrnong Swifts on Sunday.

The Royals placed a sharp emphasis on ensuring complacency did not creep into their game before kick-off and that approach paid dividends with another big win.

Another hat-trick for Stephanie Pantazopoulos, a brace from Talia Jane and solo efforts from Lydia Schifferegger, Eiilan Nissan, Elissa Stratus and Marcela Marques got the job done for the Royals, leaving coach Johno Clemente beaming with pride.

But Clemente was equally impressed with the Swifts who, despite the scoreline, insisted on trying to play a good brand of football, building play out of the back.

Clemente said it can be easy to look for quick fixes when the results are going against you, but praised his opposite number for the manner in which they continue to approach the game.

“My girls played well today, but I still think we have plenty of room to improve,” he said.

“I was more impressed by Maribyrnong today. 

“They play out of the back better than some of the top-four teams on the table, they were super positive on the ball and even when 9-0 down, they didn’t stop playing their style so I’ve gotta give full praise to their girls and coach Davide.

“I’ve got huge respect for how they approach the game.”

The win leaves the Royals in the second spot on the table, ahead of third-placed Hume City on goal difference.

Every goal counts for the Royals with four games remaining and, as it stands, Essendon is currently 11 goals ahead of Hume.

The run home will provide plenty of excitement for the Royals and the Women’s State League 2 North West division in general.

The Royals remaining games come against La Trobe University, Yarra Jets, Lara United and Clifton Hill, while Hume must take on Melbourne University, St Albans Saints, the Swifts and La Trobe University.

With both teams facing a top-half side before the end of the season, there remains plenty to play for over the next month.

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