Hume City travelled away to face last year’s Grand Final winners Bentleigh Greens on Friday night.
Hume fielded a number of changes from the side that defeated Avondale a week earlier, Declan Hargreaves earning his Hume City debut in the heart of midfield and Deniz Yildiz taking the place to Daniel Chaabani in the left hand side of defence.
Further complicating Hume’s task was the late injury to Joseph Franjic who was replaced in the starting XI by Tom Cahill.
The match got off to a painful start for Hume defender Shane Rexhepi who received a knock to the head in an aerial duel, however he was quickly back to his feet and able to continue.
Bentleigh started the faster of the two sides, and were rewarded for its early efforts when Matt Thurtell netted in the 13th minute to give the home side an early lead.
Green went in search of their second immediately after, however they were denied repeatedly by some incredible goalkeeping from Chris Oldfield.
Six minutes before half time Hume managed to restore parity and it would be Craig Carley netting his second goal in his second Hume City start, controlling a high ball in the area and dispatching his shot home.
Hume seemed a different team after the break, controlling large amounts of possession and creating plenty of chances.
Both teams continued to send men forward in search of an equaliser, only to see their efforts denied by some last ditch defending and goalkeeping.
With normal time just about up Tom Cahill almost found Hume a late winner when he saw his powerfully hit strike saved well by Ryan Scott.
Ultimately it would end one goal a piece, an entertaining contest featuring plenty of attacking intent.
FULL TIME: Bentleigh Greens 1 (Thurtell 13′) drew with Hume City 1 (Carley 39) at Kingston Heath.