NPL Round 12 Review: Hume City put 3 past in-form Knights to get the win

Hume City welcome an in-form Melbourne Knights to ABD Stadium ahead of Round 12’s highly anticipated match. Knights are currently 4th on the ladder and enter this game full of confidence. The home side will certainly be looking to carry their momentum forward after their historic comeback win (5-4) against Heidelberg United FC in Round 6 of the FFA Cup.

The only notable change for the home side is Nick Hegarty starting Marko Delic again, after his impressive performance against Heidelberg United FC in the FFA Cup.

It was James Brown at the center of attention in the opening minutes, after he was brought down inside Knights’ defensive box but the referee waved play on. The away side took the lead early in the match at the 7th minute, after Marijan Cvitkovic got his head on the end of a Corey Sewell cross into the box. The away side almost doubled their lead at the 15th minute via Hamish Watson, after Watson dribbled past James Kapuranovski but Paul Wilson managed to get a foot to Watson’s goal bound shot. The Knights continued to pile on the pressure, and Anthony Duzel fired a shot from distance at the 22nd minute, but it failed to test Kapuranovski. At the 25th minute, it was the home side who managed to level the score, when Marko Delic’s backheel found James Brown who fired past Harry Cakuran.

The Knights continued to try breach Hume’s defence, but the home side stood their ground firmly at the 35th minute after a denying the Knights a series of goalscoring opportunities. At the 40th minute, Mitch Cooper managed to turn his defender, but unfortunately managed to fire the shot wide. Moments later, Marko Delic pounced on a horrible Cakuran goal kick and dribbled towards goal, but Knights’ defence manage to deny Delic after getting a foot to the shot. As the first half approached the end, Gian Albano found himself onside at 45+2 minutes but James Kapuranovski’s reflex save saw the home side enter halftime on level pegging.

The halftime break came as a breath of fresh air to both sides, with Nick Hegarty spurring his side to go and claim all 3 points against the Knights.

At the 47th minute, the Knights had a great opportunity to retake the lead via Atilla Ofli, but Ofli’s shot hit the post. At the 53rd minute, Danny Dixon’s vision found Marko Delic’s run which caught Cakuran in open space, but the home side managed to squander a brilliant scoring chance. James Brown put Mitch Cooper through on goal at the 58th minute, but Cooper fired directly into Cakarun. At the 63rd minute, Gian Albano found himself in a brilliant position to score, but the shot was inches wide. However, at the 62nd minute it was James Brown’s backheel which found Ersin Kaya who put the home side up 2-1. At the 80th minute, Ben Bowler put James Brown through on goal, but Brown fired his shot into Cakarun. At the 83rd minute, the home side managed to seal the game after Ersin Kaya’s cross found James Brown at the back post. Brown then fired the ball in for his second of the night, putting the home side up 3-1.

At the 88th minute, Gidi Sweet decided to get in on the action after bombing forward with the ball but fired his shot into the carpark. At the 90+5th minute, James Kapuranovski denied Knights from pulling a goal back after getting a fist to their cross.

The referee blew the final whistle at the 90+5th minute, leading to ABD Stadium applauding Hume City’s brilliant performance. Hume City now have their sights set on Round 13’s game on Monday the 20th of May, as they travel to The Grange Reserve to take on Kingston City FC at 8:30pm.

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