A new look Hume City F.C had the best possible start to their 2019 NPL campaign on Saturday night, after claiming all 3 points against Dandenong Thunder at George Andrews Reserve. Both teams showed attacking intent within the first minutes of the game. The best chance falling to Peter Skapetis, who had a low shot blocked by Hume City’s shot stopper Michael Weier.
At the 11th minute, it was Mitch Cooper who found the back of the net with a headed effort off a Steven Hewitt corner, putting the away side up 1-0 and Cooper registering his first goal of the 2019 NPL season. A few minutes later at the 14th minute, a brilliant forward run and through ball by Will Hendon found Mitch Cooper, who slotted the ball past Piece Clark for his 2nd goal of the night, putting the away side up 2-0.
Hume City continued their dominance and at the 26th minute, Dandenong Thunder found themselves down 3-0, after Danny Dixon managed to find Gideon Sweet’s run down the left flank, leading to Sweet’s cross setting up James Brown who registered his 1st goal of the 2019 NPL season.
Hume picked up where they left off to start the 2nd half, continuing their high tempo football and putting Dandenong Thunder on the back foot. At the 46th minute, Mitch Cooper almost had a hat trick after Steven Hewitt cut the ball back, only for the forward’s effort to miss the goal by inches.
As the game progressed, Hume City’s appetite for goals continued and at the 51st minute, it was déjà vu all over again. Gideon Sweet’s cross found an onrushing James Brown, who’s volley put the away side up 4-0 and Brown had his second goal of the night.
Despite being up 4-0, Thunder’s best chance came at the 73rd minute, after Brandon Barnes found himself in a one on one situation, only for Michael Weier to pull off the best save of the night.
Hume City remained composed in the final minutes of the match, as the referee blew the final whistle to top off an incredible start by the away side.
Nick Hegarty and his side have their sights set on their first home game of the 2019 NPL campaign, on Friday the 22nd of February at ABD Stadium. Hume City welcome a new look Oakleigh Cannons to ABD Stadium, who are still looking to register their first win of the season, after a 2-1 loss to Melbourne Knights on Saturday night.
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