Bendigo City FC bows out of FFA Cup after loss to Altona Magic

Luke Burns

Luke Burns

BENDIGO City FC has made a quick exit from the FFA Cup after being beaten 3-nil by State league club Altona Magic.

The match at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve on Saturday was Bendigo City's first in the national soccer knock-out competition, which features teams from the A-League, National Premier Leagues (NPL) and State leagues.

A seasoned Magic team found goals from Kliment Dimitrieski, Jon Mcshane and Nikola Markovski to advance to the next round, leaving Bendigo City to refocus on its NPL division two season.

City meets Werribee City FC next Sunday in a round seven encounter at Glavin Park in Werribee.

Meanwhile, a hat-trick to rising star Luke Burns was the highlight for Bendigo City FC's under-18 team in a 4-3 loss to Sunshine George Cross SC on Saturday.

With Bendigo's under-20 team enjoying a bye, Burns was able to slot back into the under-18s and with great effect.

He scored the first of his goals in the 23rd minute after Sunshine George Cross had notched an early 2-0 lead.

Burns again kept City in touch when he scored his second goal in the 39th minute, to again reduce the deficit to one goal, with the Georgies leading 3-2.

Burns scored an equaliser in 52nd minute, but an 88th minute goal from Matthew Farrugia - his second for the day for Sunshine George Cross - resigned City to a tough 4-3 loss.

Thomas Kay and Lachlan McRostie booted goals in Bendigo City's 3-2 loss to Sunshine George Cross.

City led the contest 2-0 after 35 minutes, but a pair of goals to Alex Dimond swung the momentum back the Georgies way before Ryan Gomes slotted the game-winning goal in the 70th minute.

City's under-14 team has its first win of the season after defeating the Georgies 1-0.

Thomas Whitehead was the goal scorer, adding his second goal in as many games.