A GOAL in the 84th minute by Springvale White Eagles winger Vojislav Milojevic sunk FC Bendigo's hopes of gaining at least a draw in Saturday's National Premier League division one clash.
The Bendigo line-up hit the front in the 38th minute when the classy Matthew Breeeze was on target on the Eagles' turf.
Bendigo's determination to end a long-running winless streak showed out as it set up plenty of attacks throughout the second half.
The Eagles equalised in the 68th minute when Simo Javonic flicked a corner kick past keeper Seb Mattei.
FC Bendigo again held sway for the next 15 minutes before Milovevic struck the match-winner.
Playing coach and key defender for FC Bendigo, Steve Martin said a 2-1 defeat was extremely disappointing.
"We did so much right in this match," Martin said.
"To be leading again, and yet be beaten was devastating.
"A couple of errors, such as not being strong enough in marking an opponent from a corner, and then a turnover cost us.
"We had three or four chances to go two goals up, but just couldn't capitalise.
"The loss is disappointing, but there were a lot of positives," the coach said.
"It was great to have Seb Mattei back after missing a few matches because of a broken knuckle."
A calf injury kept FC Bendigo captain and playmaker Trent Waterson for another match.
Several clubmates battled illness in the lead-up to the match, but did play.
Springvale scored a 3-0 victory against Bendigo's under-20 team.