NPL Round 11 Review: Plenty of positives for Hume City, despite 1-0 loss to Green Gully

Hume City travel to Green Gully Reserve to take on an in-form Green Gully SC, who currently sit in sixth place. The away side will certainly be looking to carry their momentum into this fixture, after some favourable results over the past month. Nick Hegarty named an unchanged line-up for his side to continue their momentum, after consecutive wins against South Melbourne FC and Pascoe Vale FC in rounds 9 and 10.

It was the away side who created a few scoring opportunities in the early minutes off the game. At the 2nd minute, Gidi Sweet’s ball down the line found Mitch Cooper, who turned his defender but fired a shot over the bar. Cooper then found himself with another scoring opportunity at the 5th minute after James Brown whipped in a low cross to the back post, but Cooper’s sliding attempt only found the side netting. The 13th minute saw Gully miss an absolute sitter due to the patches of sand on the pitch, which resulted in Adisu Bayew fluffing his shot. At the 19th minute, Alex Salmon’s dink over Hume’s defence saw Matthew Fletcher’s volley miss the target completely. 

At the 22nd minute, Harry Monaghan’s clearance off a corner found Danny Dixon who lead a Hume City counter attack but Jay Davies stopped Dixon’s through ball to an onrushing Stevie Hewitt. At the 27th minute, Stevie Hewitt managed to dribble past his defender on the edge of the box and curl a shot to the back post, but Jerrad Tyson managed to get a palm to the shot and prevent the away side taking the lead. The home side eventually took the lead at the 41st minute, courtesy to Nick Kalmar’s free kick which found Daniel Jones’ head. Hume retaliated brilliantly after the goal after stringing some brilliant passes together going forward at the 42nd minute which resulted in Mitch Cooper earning his side a free kick on the edge of the box. Stevie Hewitt then curled the free kick which was inches away from levelling the score.

Nick Hegarty’s halftime speech would have certainly been a motivating one, as Hume City came out a completely different side in the second half. James Brown found Mitch Cooper on the edge of the box at the 50th minute, but Cooper blasted the ball over the bar after his foot hit a patch of sand before connecting with the ball. Danny Dixon found substitute Matthew Lazarides’ run at the 64th minute, but Gully managed to prevent Lazarides’ cross to Mitch Cooper and conceded a corner. At the 66th minute, Mitch Cooper put Matthew Lazarides through on goal but Lazarides’ selfless effort resulted in Gully clearing the danger.

Hume City continued to pile the pressure on Green Gully and at the 83rd minute, Gidi Sweet’s long ball found an onside James Brown who fired into Jerrad Tyson. The 85th minute Gidi Sweet fire a cross towards Matthew Lazarides, but Daniel Jones managed to clear the danger. Jones’ clearance fell to Danny Dixon who dribbled his defender and fired a left footed rocket into Jerrad Tyson. 

The referee blew the final whistle at 90+5 minutes and although Hume City didn’t walk away with any points, nobody could fault their efforts. Hume City now look forward to their FFA Cup clash on Tuesday the 7th of May, as they travel to Olympic Village to face Heidelberg United at 7:30pm.

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