FC Bendigo suffer loss to in-form Dandenong

Matt Breeze. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Matt Breeze. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

FC Bendigo couldn't match it with Dandenong City in its NPL match on Saturday afternoon, losing its third match from the past four rounds. 

Dandenong's impressive month in the premier competition continued with a 4-1 win at Frank Holohan Soccer Complex. 

In what was an exciting first half, Dandenong scored the opening goal through Danijel Buhic in the eighth minute.

FC Bendigo had several chances to score back, however it wasn't until the 27th minute, when star striker Matthew Breeze equalised. 

Breeze won a free kick and managed to score FC Bendigo's first and only goal for the match.

It wasn't long before the host team again won back the lead. 

Dandenong's Steven Topalovic recieved the ball close to goal before kicking it into the back of the net in the 32nd minute. 

Dario Matkovic then extended its lead, scoring just four minutes later. 

Dandenong led 3-1 at half-time. 

The second-half began with FC Bendigo having plenty of opportunities to get back into the match, but a handball by Tom Shaper gave Dandenong a penalty. 

Despite Christopher Xerri saving the penalty, the kick had to be re-taken, with Matkovic making no mistake the second time around.

Dandenong managed to hold on, winning its fourth game in a row.

FC Bendigo have now won five games from its 19 matches and are in 12th spot on the NPL1 ladder.

Bendigo will now take on Box Hill United at Tom Flood Sports Centre on Saturday at 6pm. 

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