In the NPL VIC last night Dandenong City have locked in their place in next seasons top flight after a thrilling 3-2 win against Bentleigh Greens at a cold Frank Holohan Soccer Complex
Dandenong City made a quick start of the blocks in the local derby and they took the lead in the 5th minute with Dandenong’s first scoring opportunity of the night.
City left back Jayden Unmack whipped in a dangerous cross for centre forward Shaun Filipovic to smash it home past Bentleigh keeper Ryan Scott for a 1-0 lead.
In the 14th minute referee Adam Bavcar gave Bentleigh a penalty after centre back Steven Topalovic foulded George Lambadaridis. Up stepped centre forward Matthew Thurtell. Thurtell slotted it home past City goalkeeper Damir Salcin despite getting a glove on it.
Right before half time, Dandenong would go ahead again. A long goal kick from City keeper Damir Salcin found midfielder Zac Thompson. Thompson’s long range thunderbolt from 30 yards rifled into the top left corner for a goal of the season contender!
Bentleigh Greens would level it up for a second time in the game, Greens midfielder Velibor Mitrovic whipped in a corner and found centre back Jack Webster who emphatically headed it the back of the net to make the scores 2-2.
Former Melbourne Victory Captain Carl Valeri shot outside the box to force Scott into a sensational save to prevent City going ahead for a third time.
Dandenong retook the lead in the 83rd minute. Mate Dugandzic’s corner found midfielder Zac Thompson who was left unmarked and scored his second of the night to give Dandenong a 3-2 lead with what was the final action of the night.
The win sends Dandenong City go level on points with Altona Magic on 29 points, and secured their NPL VIC top flight status for the 2020 season.
As for Bentleigh Greens their slim hopes for NPL VIC premiers plate were dashed and are now sitting in 3rd on 42 points. Heideberg in 2nd spot with a 3 point gap have two games in hand againt Port Melbourne Sharks today, and next week against Oakleigh Cannons at Olympic Village.
NPL VIC FRIDAY NIGHT RESULTS
Oakleigh Cannons 4 – South Melbourne FC 1
Kingston City 2 – Melbourne Knights 0
Written by Brenton Ray.