Being able to see the likes of Duff, a 100-game player for Ireland, charge up and down the wing at Epsom-Huntly was a great sight
THE margin was four-nil in favour of Melbourne City, but Tuesday night's visit to tackle FC Bendigo at Epsom-Huntly was a massive win for soccer across this region.
About 2000 fans lined the main pitch to watch City's stars such as Damien Duff, Patrick Kisnorbo and many exciting prospects shine in the build-up to the A-League season.
Being able to see the likes of Duff, a 100-game player for Ireland, charge up and down the wing at Epsom-Huntly was a great sight.
Since City's plans to play on Bendigo's turf were announced, many at FC spoke about the incredible opportunity for its players to take on such quality opposition.
FC Bendigo playing coach Steve Martin was confident his squad would put on a fine show.
For Martin and the rest of the coaching panel this match was always going to be a great test.
It was not just FC Bendigo's play which impressed City in this contest.
Melbourne's officials praised the facilities and the quality of the pitch.
Thumbs up to the City of Greater Bendigo grounds staff and all those at FC Bendigo who worked so hard to bring such a big game to the region.
Here's hoping City's third hit-out to play in Bendigo will not be too far away.