Late fightback rescues a point for Hume City

WORDS: Jordan Kounelis IMAGE: Mark Avellino

Hume City have dramatically rescued a point at home in their seasoning opening match against Melbourne Knights, with new goalkeeper Michael Weier scoring the equaliser with the final touch of the game.

City were 1-2 down heading into the final minute before Weier’s opposite number, Fraser Chalmers, was shown a red card by the referee for swearing, leaving Melbourne Knights one down for the final play and with Nikola Jurkovic in goal.

From Nick Hegarty’s long range set piece, Weier rose at the back post and nodded the ball home emphatically, sending ABD Stadium into raucous applause.

The goal put a bright note on a slow start from Hume, who were down two goals until the final ten minutes, largely thanks to the efforts of Knights winger Elvis Kamsoba.

Hume began the brightest with returning striker Attila Ofli winning his side two free kicks in dangerous positions in the first 20 minutes, and causing havoc amongst the Knights defence, zipping off the shoulders of the defence with his speed.

Knights were never on the back foot, though, with Kamsoba lighting up the right flank with his burst of pace and close control, and it wasn’t long until he’d find the back of the net, drifting central to link up with Jason Hicks and slot the opener past Weier.

Kristian Trajceski created three of Hume City’s four best chances in the first half, striking two dipping volleys from distance and hitting a shot on his right foot give Knights goalkeeper Fraser Chalmers a few butterflies.

Knights went into the break a goal up, but Hume began the second period the strongest as Daniel Clark made himself influential on the right wing.

But Kamsoba wouldn’t remain idle for long, making a dashing run into the box on the hour mark only to be brought down by Theo Markelis to win Knights a penalty, which Jason Hicks converted into the bottom right corner.

Markelis would get one back with eight minutes to go in the encounter, when a long ball from midfield found the winger on the left side and – caught in a tangle with Anthony Dezic – he managed to volley it over an advancing Chalmers and into the open net, soiling Knights’ clean sheet.

That would be the last significant action of the game before the chaos involving the two goalkeepers and the equaliser upon full-time

The only injury concern was Bryan Bran who was struck by a leg injury in the 68th minute and replaced by Dillon Jakupi.

Hume City 2 (Markelis 82’, Weier 90+6’) drew with Melbourne Knights 2 (Kamsoba 24’, Hicks 63’ pen) at ABD Stadium

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