FC Bendigo achieves first win on home turf

FC Bendigo celebrated another first in Saturday night's National Premier League Victoria division one soccer clash with Dandenong City.

GOAL: Josh Romein heads the ball in FC Bendigo's win at the Tom Flood Sports Centre. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

GOAL: Josh Romein heads the ball in FC Bendigo's win at the Tom Flood Sports Centre. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

FC  Bendigo celebrates a goal in Saturday night's win against Dandenong City at the Tom Flood Sports Centre. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

FC Bendigo celebrates a goal in Saturday night's win against Dandenong City at the Tom Flood Sports Centre. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

FC Bendigo captain Trent Waterson. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

FC Bendigo captain Trent Waterson. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Tom Shaper and Trent Waterson celebrate a goal.

Tom Shaper and Trent Waterson celebrate a goal.

Trent Waterson wins this duel in FC Bendigo's victory against Dandenong City.

Trent Waterson wins this duel in FC Bendigo's victory against Dandenong City.

A week after its first victory, Bendigo triumphed on home turf at the Tom Flood Sports Centre for the first time.

Scores were locked on two-all at half-time.

Bendigo was first to score through Viktor Rodriguez.

Less than 10 minutes later and Dandenong equalised.

FC Bendigo regained the lead when Josh Romein was on the end of a Matt Breeze corner kick and headed the ball into the net.

A penalty to the visitors levelled scores once again.

Dandenong's goals in the opening half were struck by Damien Miskulin and Goran Jozelijic.

There was plenty for Bendigo's fans to cheer about in the second half.

Striker George Slefendorfas capped off excellent teamwork through midfield and in attack to put Bendigo back in front.

FC Bendigo captain Trent Waterson drilled another goal from the penalty spot to make it 4-2.

Victorious coach Steve Martin again played a key role in defence and said the second half was all about sticking to structures, teamwork and staying composed when Dandenong kept building wave after wave of attacks.

"It was clearly the best 45 minutes we have played all season," Martin said of improving the record to now read two wins, four defeats, one draw.

FC Bendigo is eighth in the championship race.

Bendigo's best in the win against Dandenong included Tom Shaper, Trent Waterson, Josh Romein and Finn Huzzey.

The night's action at Tom Flood Sports Centre kicked off with Dandenong scoring a 3-1 victory in the under-20 match.

In Sunday's junior matches, Bendigo scored a 7-5 win in the under-18 clash with Brunswick City.

FC Bendigo is on the road again to play Box Hill at Wembley Park on Sunday, May 18. The division one match starts at 3.15pm. 

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