NPL Round 11 Review: Hume City left frustrated after late Avondale comeback

Hume City stunned Avondale FC in the opening minutes of the game when Andy Brennan got on the end of Danny Dixon’s ball into the box before slotting the ball past Rory Brian at the 4th minute.

Unfortunately, Hume’s lead didn’t last long as Avondale levelled the score off a corner a few minutes later. Stefan Valentini managed to jump above his man to head home the equalizer.

Avondale continued to press but failed to convert their chances thanks to Hume’s resilient defence and Michael Weier’s strong presence between the sticks.

As the first half looked to finish on level pegging, a handball inside Avondale’s box at the 42nd minute saw Hume earn a penalty. Up stepped Josh Bingham who converted for his side after firing the ball straight up the middle, giving Hume a 2-1 lead.

A dagger in the heart for Avondale as it was Hume entering the half time break with the lead.

Josh Bingham was central to Hume’s brilliant start in the second half, after managing to get himself in a few goalscoring positions but failed to convert the opportunities.

At the 61st minute, Hume were three goals to the good after an alert and onside Andy Brennan managed to blitz past Avondale’s defence before his cross was fired into Avondale’s net as an own goal.

Michael Weier continued to stand tall for his side after making a plethora of saves to preserve his Hume’s lead.

Hume were unlucky not to have a fourth goal at the 67th minute after Josh Bingham’s effort was cleared off the line.

It was end-to-end action as the second half progressed and Avondale continued to press, but Michael Weier’s reflex save at the 79th minute kept Hume in front.

Moments later, defence turned into attack and substitute Mitch Cooper’s volley forced Rory Brian into a diving save.

As Hume were looking to see out the game, they were left heartbroken after two late Avondale goals in added time by Stefan Zinni and Brandon Lundy saw the home side salvage a point.

Moments later, Hume’s frustration only grew after Mitch Cooper managed to rise above Rory Brian to head home a dramatic winner, but the effort was cleared off the line.

The referee blew the full-time whistle shortly after, much to the frustration of Hume who should have taken all 3 points.

Hume City’s U21s and Avondale’s U21s had to settle for a point apiece after a 1-1 draw. Eray Yildiz (22’) with the goal for Hume City’s U21s. Unfortunately, Hume City’s U19s lost 4-1 to Avondale’s U19s side.

Hume City now have their sights set on hosting Heidelberg United FC on Saturday the 15th of May. Seniors will be kicking off at 5:30pm and U21s will be kicking off at 7:45pm. U19s will be kicking off at 7:30pm on Friday the 14th of May.

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