Hume City travel to The Grange Reserve to take on Kingston City FC, who have recently shown an improvement in their form despite sitting bottom of the table. The away side will certainly be looking to carry their momentum from Round 12’s 3-1 win again Melbourne Knights into this fixture. The only change to Nick Hegarty’s side was debutant George Howard coming in for Marko Delic.
It didn’t take long for the away side to get the ball rolling in the opening minute of the game, after Stevie Hewitt’s through ball found Hume’s talisman James Brown who clinched his 12th goal of the season and put the away side up 1-0. At the 18th minute, Brown continued to look lively and was through on goal until being brought down by Kingston’s last defender, but the referee only brandished a yellow card which left many spectators scratching their head. At the 21st minute, Brown directed a cross into the box intended for Mitch Cooper, but the ball was a little heavy and got away from Cooper’s feet. At the 23rd minute, Kingston’s freekick resulted in a headed effort going over the bar. The home side continued to look lively in the opening half and pounced on a bad Hume pass at the 28th minute, but fired the shot into Michael Weier.
The halftime break came as a breath of fresh air to both sides, as Kingston needed to build on their impressive first half while Nick Hegarty needed to fire his men up to finish the job and build on their 1-0 lead at the break.
At the 46th minute, it was Kingston who directed a cross into Hume’s box, but Hayden Tennant was alert and managed to clear the danger at the back post. At the 51st minute, Stevie Hewitt found himself in a brilliant position to double Hume’s lead but was denied by a brilliant reflex save from Satoshi Osugi. At the 64th minute, some great passing by Hume resulted in Ben Bowler firing from distance, but the shot went over the bar. At the 67th minute, a freekick won by James Brown and taken by Stevie Hewitt saw the ball fall to James Brown’s feet, but his shot took a deflection for a corner. At the 68th minute, Michael Weier came racing off his line to clear the danger from a Kingston City attack.
At the 71st minute, the away side continued to pile on the pressure via a series of corners. However, Kingston stood their ground and managed to avoid the danger. At the 75th minute, Kingston’s determination finally paid off after Mouad Zwed’s cross found Anthony Theo who equalized for the home side. Hume City looked to retaliate and at the 77th minute, Mitch Cooper was able to fire a volley on target for the away side, but the shot failed to test Satoshi Osugi. At the 78th minute, a Kingston freekick nearly saw the home side take the lead but the headed effort drifted wide. At the 90th minute, Ersin Kaya’s backheel to Stevie Hewitt saw Hewitt fire from distance but his shot flew over the bar.
The referee blew the final whistle at 90+5 minutes and although both sides would have liked to get the win for different reasons, they both had to settle for a point each. Hume City now have their sights set on Round 14’s clash against Dandenong Thunder at ABD Stadium. Kick off is at 5:30pm on Saturday the 25th of May.
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