NPL Round 3 Review: Brown double and Delic wonder strike earn Hume City first 3 points of the season

Round 3 saw Hume City FC welcome a struggling Dandenong City SC side to ABD Stadium. Both sides were looking to secure their first win in the 2021 NPL campaign, with Hume sitting on 2 points and Dandy City sitting on 1.

It was the away side who took full advantage of a blunder inside Hume’s box to take the lead at the 5th minute, after Michael Weier dropped the ball to gift Brayden Mann the opening goal of the night. Hume settled rather fast despite conceding the opening goal early on, and Danny Dixon’s forward run was found by James Brown which earned the home side a corner, which forced Jasmin Keranovic into a fingertip save at the back post. Danny Dixon continued to look lively, with his free kick having Keranovic beaten at the 20th minute but hit the side netting. Keranovic was forced into another save at the 30th minute after fisting away Patrick Langlois’ long ball which almost found Josh Bingham’s head. The Dixon and Brown combo continued to wreak havoc down Hume’s right flank, with Brown finding Theo Markelis lurking on the edge of the box and Markelis’ shot rattled the crossbar. Dandy City then managed to create a good chance via an onside Delarno Pharoe, but the shot was fired into the path of Michael Weier. The home side’s pressure was finally rewarded at the 43rd minute, when James Brown’s one-two with Josh Bingham saw Brown fire home the equalizer from close range.

The half time break saw the score at level pegging (1-1), thanks to a superb equalizer from James Brown minutes before the referee’s whistle sounding for the break. The last time the two sides faced off at ABD Stadium, Dandy City were leading before a Hume City second half comeback. Could it happen again?

The second half saw a series of Dandy City shots fired over the bar or into the path of Michael Weier, as the home side weathered the storm well. Mark Ochieng then attempted to chip Jasmin Keranovic at the 55th minute after noticing the keeper off his line, but the ambitious effort went over the bar. The home side then started to kick into gear after creating a handful of goalscoring chances involving Josh Bingham, after his run was picked out by James Brown but Keranovic raced of his line to prevent the danger. Danny Dixon’s forward run then saw his ball into the box miss Bingham’s head by inches. At the 63rd minute, an onside James Brown saw his low cross go out for a Hume corner. The early corner taken by Danny Dixon found Theo Markelis, whose nifty effort nearly found the top corner from outside the box. At the 71st minute, a Dandy City counterattack saw Christopher Dib fire a shot from close range but Michael Weier’s reflex save prevented the danger. Substitute Andy Brennan looked lively for the home side and he was not afraid to fire from distance, with an ambitious effort going over the bar at the 73rd minute. Michael Weier was called into action again at the 79th minute after Delarno Pharoe’s interception saw him fire a low shot towards the Hume shot stopper, but Weier’s reflex save followed by Hayden Tennant’s clearance prevented the danger. At the 84th minute, substitute Marko Delic’s cross-field ball found Andy Brennan who waited for Danny Dixon’s overlapping run before Dixon put the ball on a plate for James Brown to grab his brace for the night and give Hume the lead (2-1). Hume then went on to finish the game off in extra time when Danny Dixon found Andy Brennan’s run which saw a dangerous cross force Jasmin Keranovic into a fingertip save, but a lurking James Brown found Marko Delic whose moment of brilliance saw his shot hit the top corner to give Hume their 3rd goal of the night to seal the game (3-1).

Hume City’s U19’s had a brilliant 4-3 win against Dandenong City at ABD Stadium on Friday night, with Sebastian Todorovski grabbing another brace followed by Noah Avsar and Joshua Okane both getting on the scoresheet with a goal apiece. Unfortunately, Hume’s U21’s lost 1-0 on Saturday against Dandenong City side at ABD Stadium.

Hume City now have their sights set on Friday the 19th of March, as they travel to Knight Stadium to take on Melbourne Knights FC. Seniors kick-off at 7:30pm on Friday the 19th of March, U21’s at 3pm and U19’s at 1pm on Sunday the 21st of March.

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