Late goals to Shane Rexhepi and new signing Craig Carley saw Hume City overcome Avondale in remarkable circumstances at ABD Stadium on Saturday night.
After loss to Bulleen and a draw to Richmond in the previous rounds, Hume City headed back to ABD Stadium with nothing but three points in its eyes.
New signings Danny Dixon and Craig Carley both earned positions in the Hume City starting XI. The first half would prove to be a tense affair, both teams struggling to create clear cut chances in the wet conditions.
Hume started the second half brightly, however chances would continue to be few and far between.
Chris Oldfield was put to work early in the second stanza, diving down bravely to halt an Avondale attack.
Oldfield was forced into a double save ten minutes later, producing a fine double save to keep the scores locked at 0-0
Hume continued to throw numbers forward, however despite controlling a large part of possession, struggled to find the final killer ball
The game would be turned on its head late when substitute Mathew Sanders turned home to give Avondale the lead in the 87ht minute.
Avondale’s lead would only last a matter of seconds, however, when Shane Rexhepi headed home a Nick Hegarty corner in the 88th minute, sending the home fans into delight.
Delight would turn into delirium just minutes later when Craig Carley headed home, again from a Nick Hegarty set piece, ensuring Hume would take all three points in a remarkable encounter.
Hume City: 2 (Rexhepi 88, Carley 90+3′) defeated Avondale FC: 1 (Sanders 87′) at ABD Stadium