MATCH REPORT | Essendon Royals do the double over Yarraville FC with come-from-behind win

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Essendon Royals got back on the winners’ list courtesy of a 2-1 win over Yarraville FC at McIvor Reserve on Saturday.

In a game where Phil Lloyd was selected for his 100th senior start for the club, it was fitting that his long-time team-mate Albert Zorzanello who came up with the crucial goals.

Zorzanello’s second-half brace sealed the win for the Royals after they found themselves 1-0 down.

It was a back-to-the-walls effort for the Royals in the first half as they played into a strong breeze, making it hard for the team to get out of their defensive half.

Thankfully, the intense focus on defensive structures during the week led to a much-improved performance from the Royals defence from last week’s showing.

Still, Andre Jannesse had to be at his brilliant best to make some crucial saves to ensure the Royals took parity into the half-time break.

With the scores locked at 0-0 and the wind at their backs, the Royals started the second half much more brightly.

The long-serving duo of Lloyd and Zorzanello pulled the strings from the middle of the park in an impressive pair of performances.

Centurion: Phil Lloyd made his 100th start for the seniors

Centurion: Phil Lloyd made his 100th start for the seniors

Joel Nikolic missed the best chance of the opening exchanges five minutes into the second half, and Yarraville punished the Royals instantly, taking the ball up to the other end and scoring from a cross.

To their credit, the Royals were not disheartened and stepped their game up a gear as they chased an equaliser.

The goal did come somewhat fortuitously. Zorzanello stood over a long-range free-kick and hit the ball goalwards to see it fly over the unsuspecting goalkeepers head and into the back of the net.

It was certainly no less than the Royals deserved for their efforts and it was not too long before Essendon took the lead.

Zorzaenello created enough space on the edge of the box to fire off a shot which beat the keeper and found the back of the net via the inside of the goalpost.

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Senior Coach Vaughan Coveny was delighted for his players following the win.

“I feel like we deserved the victory in the end,” he said.

“The boys worked really hard for the win.”

Coveny said it was nice for the team to enjoy a win on Lloyd’s 100th start to the season.

This was the second big milestone achieved by an Essendon Royals player this season, following on from Zorzanello’s 200th start earlier in the season.

“Those two were probably the stand-outs,” he said.

“They worked really hard through the middle and were two of the main contributors I thought, and it was nice for Albert to get two goals for his efforts.”

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