Hume City comeback secures third straight win of 2020 NPL campaign

Round 3 saw Hume City welcome Dandenong City to ABD Stadium as they were looking to go three unbeaten after consecutive wins and clean sheets against Altona Magic and Green Gully.

The home side created the first chance of the game, after Stevie Hewitt’s cross into the box failed to find the intended target Mark Ochieng and went out for a goal kick. Hume continued to knock the ball around as they looked to break the deadlock and at the 23rd minute, Josh Bingham managed to create enough space to fire a shot from outside the box which missed by inches. Hume then followed up minutes later, with Stevie Hewitt finding Mark Ochieng’s run into the box but the ball fell into the path of Damir Salcin. Despite Hume dominating the opening 25 minutes of the game, it was Dandenong City who took the lead courtesy to a wonder strike by Nick Kalmar at the 28th minute. The home side continued to press as they looked to find an equalizer and at the 44th minute, Stevie Hewitt’s cross to the back post found Josh Bingham but the header went wide.

Despite Hume entering the halftime break 1-0 down, there were still plenty of positives for the home side. Nick Hegarty’s side were creating enough chances and needed to convert opportunities into goals if they were to salvage something from the game.

Dandenong City almost doubled their lead in the opening minute of the second half, after Konstantinos Sparta managed to cut in from the wing but the shot was deflected over the bar. The resulting corner saw Adrian Leijer’s headed effort go wide. Hume then managed to earn a freekick in a dangerous spot at the 52nd minute, which forced Damir Salcin into a double save to deny both Stevie Hewitt and Mitch Cooper. As the game progressed it looked as if luck wasn’t on Hume’s side, until several passes saw James Brown’s cross into the danger area find an unmarked Matthew Lazarides, who levelled the score (1-1) at the 68th minute. James Brown almost doubled Hume’s lead minutes later, after his volley from outside the box went wide. At the 75th minute Hume managed to complete the comeback (2-1) courtesy to an alert Mitch Cooper inside the box and after Dandenong failed to clear Andy Brennan’s cross into the danger area. Dandenong nearly equalized minutes later, after a cross into Hume’s box saw a side footed effort go wide. At the 79th minute Andy Brennan’s speed down the left flank saw his cut back cleared by Dandenong, only for Mitch Cooper’s follow up effort fired wide. At the 85th minute a Dandenong freekick cleared by Ben Bowler saw Matthew Lazarides intercept the ball at halfway, but his attempted chip fell into the path of Damir Salcin. At the game entered added time, Hume’s goal line defending by Ben Bowler and Michael Weier saw the home side hold on to all 3 points and win their third straight this season.

The final whistle was signaled at 90+7 minutes which saw ABD Stadium erupt as Hume City claim all 3 points to go 3/3 to start their season. Hume now have their sights set on Friday the 6th of March, as they travel to Knights Stadium to take on Melbourne Knights FC. Kick off is expected to go ahead at 7:30pm.

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