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Bentleigh Greens SC has defeated Melbourne City FC 3-2 in a behind closed doors friendly at the City Football Academy on Tuesday.
Danny Charalambous netted a first half brace either side of a wonderful individual goal from full-back Josh Brindell-South.
City fielded a squad with a mixture of youth and experience, which was bolstered by six first team players.
David Williams, James Brown, Jason Trifiro, Wade Dekker, Steve Kuzmanovski and Hernan Espindola all pulled on a City kit over the course of the 90 minutes as John Anastasiadis’ side raced out to a 3-0 lead at the break.
Charalambous netted the game’s first and his second of the Greens’ preseason after 15 minutes.
The attacker broke the offside trap to tap home past ‘keeper Jack West-Astuti on his second attempt.
Brindell-South was next to add to the scoreline.
The former Wellington Phoenix defender dribbled his way into the area, beating a number of opponents before tucking the ball into the back-of-the-net in a wonderful piece of individual brilliance.
Charalambous then rounded out what was brilliant opening 45 minutes for Bentleigh, scoring his second from close range.
Goalkeeper Ryan Scott also impressed during the first half before being replaced by Kane Pierce at the break.
The 20-year-old was on call on a number of occassions, executing a flurry of top-drawer saves.
Anastasiadis then rotated his squad in the second half, fledgling a combination of youth and experience.
Pierce pulled off a number of second half saves, but the hosts pegged two goals back to see the scoreline finish at 2-3.
Bentleigh Greens SC XI: Ryan Scott (gk), Josh Brindell-South, Jack Webster, Ross Archibald, Luke Pilkington, Wayne Wallace ©, Dion Kirk, Tyson Holmes, Kamal Ibrahim, Danny Charalambous, Ryan Paczkowski.
Rotated squad: Kane Pierce (gk), Naim Delibajric, Jakob Williams, Milos Ridesic, Nathan Tidmarsh, Liam McCormick, Jaiden Madafferi, Marinos Panayi, Nevin Vellupillay.
Unavailable: Chris Lucas, Matt Thurtell.