A travelling Central Coast Mariners side arrived at ABD Stadium to the sound of a roaring red and white army, with the atmosphere being electric. Nick Hegarty’s high tempo and forward passing football has seen his side defy expectations in 2019, and Hume City were up for the contest against the struggling A-League side.
The first chance of the game fell to the Mariners at the 11th minute after Matt Simon tried to beat Michael Weier at the near post, but Weier got a foot to the shot. At the 18th minute Tommy Oar’s ball into the box was cleared for a corner by Hayden Tennant. The resulting corner nearly found Matt Simon at the back post, but the ball rolled out for a Hume goal kick. At the 19th minute Mitch Cooper put James Brown through on goal, but the ball got away from Brown and his attempted cross went out of bounds. At the 23rd minute Stevie Hewitt dinked the ball over the Mariners defence to James Brown, which saw Brown’s initial cross cleared and his follow up volley hit the side netting. At the 34th minute a dangerous Mariners freekick by Tommy Oar saw a deadly headed effort hit the back post. At the 37th minute, a Hume counterattack saw Danny Dixon’s ball find an onside Stevie Hewitt whose volley earned the home side a corner.
The halftime whistle saw ABD Stadium erupt with cheers for the home sides valiant first half performance, but the job was far from over. However, Nick Hegarty was confident that his side could perform another upset and progress to the FFA Cup semi-final.
At the 47th minute Matthew Lazarides’ dribble down the left flank saw him beat a few Mariners players before his cross was cleared. At the 48th minute Tommy Oar fired a dangerous shot from distance, which had Michael Weier scrambling across his line before the ball went out for a Hume goalkick. At the 49th minute Hume’s combination play saw Marko Delic turn and fire a curling shot that looked on target, before it missed by inches. At the 51st minute the Mariners should have taken the lead, after Samuel Silvera’s long distance effort hit the crossbar and Daniel De Silva’s fired his follow up attempt over the bar. At the 53rd minute a Mariners freekick on the edge of the box taken by Milan Duric saw Michael Weier pull of a wonder save to keep his side in the game. At the 76th minute a Mariners interception saw Jordan Murray dribble down the left flank and pick out Daniel De Silva’s run, but De Silva’s cheeky pass forward saw an alert Matthew Lazarides save the day and cleared the ball out for a Mariners corner. At the 80th minute claims for a Hume penalty were shouted, as Matthew Lazarides was fouled on the edge of the box by Manyiel Majok who was issued a yellow card. Up stepped Danny Dixon who fired the freekick inches wide at the 81st minute. Minutes later at the 83rd minute another moment of controversy occurred, after Majok brought down Lazarides again during a Hume counterattack, but wasn’t shown an obvious second yellow. Up stepped Stevie Hewitt at the 84th minute to swing in the freekick, which forced Mark Birighitti to rush out and punch the ball to safety. At the 87th minute, the Mariners steamed forward and Tommy Oar’s trickery saw him dribble past his defender but drilled his low shot wide. At the 92nd minute a last-minute Mariners freekick saw a scramble inside Hume’s box resulted in Manyiel Majok’s shot finding the back of the net to bring an end to Hume City’s glorious 2019 FFA Cup run.
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