Sebastopol Vikings find themelves at the wrong end of the Football Victoria state league three north-west ladder after two rounds.
Essendon United defeated the winless Vikings 2-1 on Saturday.
Blair Marshall opened the scoring to give Sebastopol a 1-0 lead at half-time.
However, Essendon levelled the scores after being awarded a penalty for handball on 72 minutes.
The home side's winner came from a corner in the 83rd minute.
Coach Michael Goodman said it was a disappointing result after another good footballing performance.
"The boys worked hard and deserved a lot more than they got.
"We created a lot, but the ball didn't fall for us in the final third and we played a little deep late on, which makes you vulnerable when decisions don't go your way.
"We have to maintain our belief in what we're doing," he said.
Ladder: Lalor United 6, Upfield 6, Fawkner 6, Sunbury United 4, Craigieburn City 3, Essendon United 3. Williamstown 1, Strathmore 1, Point Cook 1, Westvale 1, Western Eagles 1, Vikings 0.
Reserves: Sebastopol 4 d Essendon 3
Ladder: Upfield 6, Williamstown 6, Craigieburn 6, Sebastopol 6, Westvale 3, Lalor United 3, Point Cook 3, Western Eagles 3, Sunbury United 0, Essendon United 0, Strathmore 0, Fawkner 0.
BALLARAT has its first points in state league five west.
Rebounding off a luckless 2-1 opening round loss, the Reds defeated Wyndham United 7-0 in an away fixture.