NPL Round 10 Review: James Brown’s last minute wondergoal slots Hume City back into the top 6

Hume City will certainly be looking to capitalise on Pascoe Vale’s disappointing start to the 2019 NPL campaign. The home side look to build on the momentum from their 2-0 victory at Lakeside Stadium against South Melbourne FC in round 9. The away side were also looking to bounce back after consecutive defeats to Green Gully SC and Melbourne Knights FC in rounds 8 and 9.

The home side were dealt a boost after defender Danny Dixon and winger/ forward Ersin Kaya both returned to the starting 11.

The home side started the night off with their high tempo gameplay, which saw Danny Dixon fire from distance at the 3rd minute. Gidi Sweet’s switch at the 11th minute found an open Hayden Tennant, who’s cut back to James Brown saw Brown’s shot fail to test Nick Feely but earned the home side a well-deserved corner kick. Pascoe Vale had a great chance to open up their scoring account at the 15th minute, but Dimi Hatzimouratis’ shot hit the side netting. Davey Van’t Schip then fired from distance at the 26th minute, but the shot failed to test Michael Weier.

At the 44th minute, some great link-up play between Stevie Hewitt and Hayden Tennant allowed Tennant to fire in a cross, but the referee signalled to the penalty spot after Mitch Cooper was brought down inside the box. Hewitt stepped up and calmly sent Nick Feely the wrong way to put the home side up 1-0. Pascoe Vale almost retaliated in the dying moments of the first half after firing a dangerous free kick into the box, but Michael Weier’s commanding presence saw him clear the danger with a strong punch.

The home side went into the break leading 1-0 and Nick Hegarty would have certainly been expecting his side to build on a rather dominant first half. Ben Bowler, Stevie Hewitt and Harry Monaghan’s dominance in midfield allowed Hume City to create the better chances in the opening half.

The home side almost doubled their lead at the 48th minute, after Stevie Hewitt’s pass to Ersin Kaya saw Kaya’s cross force Nick Feely into a double save from Mitch Cooper and James Brown’s efforts. Stevie Hewitt always shows off his brilliance in games, but at the 51st minute Hewitt dribbled through the entire Pascoe Vale midfield and defence before firing a shot that was inches away from being in the top corner.

Davey Van’t Schip had a great opportunity to score at the 64th minute but earned jeers from the crowd as his shot was fired into the carpark. The away side were able to level the score to 1-1 at the 71st minute, after Dimi Hatzimouratis was able to capitalise off a Joseph Youssef shot. Claims of a handball were waived off by the linesman and referee for Pascoe Vale’s equaliser. Hume City were still fighting to get all 3 points from the game and at the 76th minute, Stevie Hewitt’s brilliant pass found pacey substitute Matthew Lazarides who dribbled through to goal, but his shot was fired over the bar.

Davey Van’t Schip continued to be a menace for Pascoe Vale throughout the night and at the 78th minute, a cross by Gonzalo Munoz found the Dutchman who was free at the back post, but Van’t Schip fired directly into Michael Weier and an alert Paul Wilson cleared the danger.

At the 90th minute, Nick Hegarty’s forward passing game saw the home side create one of the goals of the month (and potentially season), as Gidi Sweet found the zippy Matthew Lazarides who caught the Pascoe Vale defence sleeping and Lazarides’ cross into the box found the in-form James Brown, who’s acrobatic effort put the home side 2-1 up in the dying moments of the game.

The referee blew the final whistle at the 96th minute, to which ABD Stadium erupted with joy, as the home side continue to defy expectations and impress this season. Hume City now have their sights set on Green Gully SC, as they travel to Green Gully next Friday (3rd May) for an 8:30pm kick off.

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