Hume City has got its Playstation 4 NPL Victoria campaign back to winning ways, with a convincing 3-0 win over Melbourne Victory.
The match was billed as a must win for Hume City, with the spectre of a top of the table clash with South Melbourne looming a week later.
Lou Acevski made three changes to the starting lineup that defeated Brunswick City in the FFA Cup a week earlier, Shaun Timmins replacing Ivan Pavlak at left back, Daniel Chabaani slotting in for the suspended Joseph Franjic in the middle of the park and Daniel Clark starting up front in place of Kym Harris.
The first real chance of the game fell to the hosts, when George Howard saw his strike rattle the woodwork in the 12th minute.
A minute later it would be Hume that went close to opening the scoring, Kofi Danning seeing his shot saved well by Victory custodian Lucas Spinella.
Four minutes later City went close again, Hernan Espindola nearly picking out Nick Hegarty who would have had a tap in if not for the intervention of Spinella who cut out the pass.
The deadlock would finally be broken when a mixup at the back presented Daniel Clark with the ball who made no mistake with his finish, slotting his strike home calmly.
Hume would double its lead in the 35th minute when captain Nick Hegarty earned and scored a penalty, after being brought down in the penalty area.
Both sides continued to create chances as the first half drew to a close, Hume having to be satisfied with a one goal lead at the break.
The match was turned on its head just minutes after the restart of play in the second half when Christian Cavallo picked up his second yellow card of the game with a late tackle on Jeremy Walker, ensuring the home team would have to play out the remainder of the game with ten men.
Despite being down to ten players, Victory should have found their opener in the 55th minute when Joey Katebian picked out George Howard who shot over the bar from close range.
Theo Markelis was brought on in the 60th minute replacing Hernan Espindola and almost made an immediate impact when his long range strike cannoned off the crossbar.
Hume would finally put the game to rest in the 79th minute when Kofi Danning’s powerful shot could only be parried by Spinella, the ball falling to the feet of Clark who netted his second goal of the game.
Melbourne Victory: 0 defeated by Hume City: 3 (Clark 21′, 79′, Hegarty 35′) at Epping Stadium.
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