An unchanged starting 11 for Hume City who looked to return to winning ways, after throwing away a 3-1 lead in their round 11 clash against Avondale FC.
The home side endured some early pressure from Heidelberg, who managed to fire a shot off target in the opening 30 seconds of play.
Josh Bingham continued his impressive form of late, after managing to create enough space before firing a shot into the chest of Christopher Theodoridis at the 7th minute.
As the first half progressed, the home side began to settle and assert their authority in the game, with Andy Brennan and Danny Dixon orchestrating most of Hume’s chances.
At the 37th minute, Hume’s high intensity was finally rewarded when an isolated Josh Bingham turned his defender before firing home the opening goal of the night. A special mention to shot stopper Michael Weier who claimed the assist after picking out Bingham’s run.
At the beginning of the second half, Hume were unlucky not to double their lead via Andy Brennan. Josh Bingham put Brennan through on goal, but the shot whizzed across the face of Heidelberg’s goal.
Heidelberg then continued to heap pressure on the home side but failed to convert their opportunities, much to the relief of Hume City.
Josh Bingham was unlucky to double Hume’s lead at the 64th minute, after an onrushing Matthew Lazarides fired in a cross but Bingham blasted the effort over the bar.
Heidelberg’s frustration continued to grow as Hume’s defence stood tall after getting bodies behind a series of Heidelberg shots. However, Heidelberg’s best chance of the game arrived at the 81st minute when a shot from inside Hume’s box had Michael Weier beaten, but an alert Umut Bozdugan managed to get a foot to the shot on the line.
Hume could have sealed the game at the 87th and 89th minute when substitute Mitch Cooper and Danny Dixon managed to get themselves in 1v1 positions with Christopher Theodoridis but failed to convert their efforts.
With 7 minutes of added time being signaled, Hume knew it would not be easy seeing out a 1-0 lead but despite the odds, the home side managed to bag all 3 points on the night against Heidelberg United.
Both Hume City’s U21s and U19s side had to settle for a point apiece against Heidelberg United’s U21s and U19s side, with both games ending in a 0-0 draw.
Hume City now have their sights set on travelling to Jack Edwards Reserve on Friday the 21st of May. Seniors will be kicking off at 8:30pm and U21s will be kicking off at 6:15pm. U19s will be kicking off at 4pm on Saturday the 22nd of May.
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