Hume City has continued its unbeaten start to the 2016 season, downing Avondale FC 2-1 at Knights Stadium on Friday night.
Theo Markelis got Hume on its way with a dipping free kick, his strike nestling into the bottom in the 40th minute.
Avondale found their way back into the game thanks to a master volley from Jamie Cumming, however it would be Hume City which would take home all three points; Kym Harris blasting his shot home in the 71’st minute for his debut Hume City goal.
The contest marked City’s first away game of the 2016 season. Hume’s opponents Avondale FC have been highly fancied this year after strengthening noticeably in the off-season.
Hume City fielded only one change from the XI that defeated Richmond SC a week earlier, Theo Markelis replacing the injured Daniel Visevic who is recovering from a shoulder injury.
Avondale FC winger Abraham Yango had the first chance of the match when he saw his effort cannon off the post in the 5th minute.
Hume City began to wrestle control of the contest from there, the next chance falling to Hernan Espindola who blazed his shot over the crossbar after being picked out by a Nick Hegarty cross on the half hour mark.
Moments later Shane Rexhepi almost put himself on the score sheet when his header went over the bar from a Hegarty corner.
However, it would be a familiar threat that put Hume City in the lead, when Theo Markelis dispatched a long-range strike in the 40th minute. Shaun Timmins brought the ball forward from left back, sliding the ball to Markelis who saw his shot dip under Chris May in the Avondale goal.
After the half-time break, Avondale looked to hit back and could have themselves a goal if not for some sharp reflexes by Hume City number 1, Chris Oldfield.
The Anthony Barbieri led side would eventually find an equaliser with Jamie Cumming slotting home a volley after City failed to clear from a corner.
Parity wouldn’t last long, when Kym Harris restored City’s lead in the 71st minute. The off-season recruit did well to turn away from his marker, and with time to shoot rifled his strike into the top corner.
Lou Acevski’s defenders work tirelessly for the rest of the game to limit Avondale’s scoring chances, with the Broadmeadows based club ultimately running out 2-1 victors.
Avondale: 1 (Cumming 67’) defeated by Hume City: 2 (Markelis 40’, Harris 71’) at Knights Stadium.
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