NPL Round 26 Review: Kingston City stun depleted Hume City after players rested for upcoming week

Round 26 saw Hume City FC welcome Kingston City FC to ABD Stadium. Nick Hegarty looked to preserve some key players ahead of Hume’s Wednesday night FFA Cup game against Adelaide Olympic FC at The Parks Football Centre, followed by the NPL finals on Saturday as Hume City travel to Jack Edwards Reserve in their elimination final game against Oakleigh Cannons FC. 

Kingston looked lively from the opening whistle after curling a dangerous shot over the bar at the 4th minute. At the 15th minute a Kingston corner saw an open Anthony Theo find the back of the net to put the away side up (1-0). Kingston doubled their lead at the 19th minute after their offensive pressure saw Cooper Legrand find the back of the net (2-0). At the 25th minute an interception in Hume’s defensive half saw Alexander Caniglia fire home Kingston’s third of the night from inside the 6-yard box (3-0). Moments later Kingston managed to find their fourth after an open Damian Iaconis fired past a diving Michael Weier (4-0). At the 34th minute a Hume corner taken by Umut Bozdugan saw the ball miss an onrushing Ben Bowler’s head by inches before Tommy Harris’ second effort cross went out of bounds.

Halftime couldn’t have come any sooner for Hume City. Despite not fielding a full squad, Nick Hegarty would have been expecting a better performance as opposed to be trailing 4-0 at the interval.

At the 54th minute Mark Ochieng’s ball down the channel to an onside Mitch Cooper saw Cooper lay the ball off for Theo Markelis who fired from distance, but the shot was off target. At the 55th minute Umut Bozdugan found an onside Mitch Cooper who dribbled towards goal but the shot and follow up effort were both fired into Satoshi Osugi. At the 63rd minute Danny Dixon’s freekick from outside the box saw Osugi scramble across his line to parry the shot away, but an alert Mitch Cooper fired a short cross back into the box which saw Harry Monaghan find Tommy Harris who found the back of the net for the home side (1-0). At the 68th minute Kingston almost had their fifth goal of the night but Michael Weier’s fingertip save on to the bar prevented the danger for the home side. At the 77th minute Umut Bozdugan’s ball down the channel found an onrushing Matthew Lazarides, whose ball to the back post found Theo Markelis who curled a dangerous shot that missed by inches. At the 80th minute Kingston had their fifth goal of the night after Damien Iaconis found an onside Cooper Legrand who blasted the ball past a helpless Michael Weier (5-1). At 90+4 minutes Hume continued to persist despite the score line and some combination play between Mitch Cooper and Theo Markelis saw Markelis’ ball to an open Matthew Lazarides result in Satoshi Osugi getting a fingertip to Lazarides’ curling shot from inside the 6-yard box.

The referee signaled full time at 90+5 minutes which saw Kingston City FC officially relegated despite their 5-1 win against a depleted Hume City side. Hume City now look forward to their FFA Cup Round of 16 game against Adelaide Olympic FC on Wednesday the 28th of August, at The Parks Football Centre. Kick off will process at 7:30pm Melbourne time/ 7:00pm Adelaide time.

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