NPL Round 13 Review: Hume break into top 6 after impressive 2-0 win against Cannons

Nick Hegarty decided to make two changes to his side that beating Heidelberg United in Round 12. New signings John McGuigan and Alex Walter earned their respective first starts of the season in exchange for Andy Brennan and Theo Markelis.

The opening minutes of the game saw Cannons create the first chance of the night via a corner. Luckily for Hume, the Cannons failed to convert the opportunity.

Moments later, Matt Thurtell was gifted the ball after a defensive turnover by the away side but blasted his shot wide. Much to the relief of Michael Weier and Hume’s defence.

Hume’s first chance came at the 10th minute when John McGuigan’s dangerous shot from outside the box earned his side a corner. The resulting corner eventuated in McGuigan turning and firing a volley into the path of Nick Feely.

Danny Dixon continues to impress since being shifted into the attacking third of the ground, with his free kick allowing Ben Bowler to fire a headed effort inches wide.

The end-to-end action continued as both sides pushed to find the opening goal of the game.

However, at the 36th minute, it was none other than Josh Bingham that broke the deadlock. The forward continues his impressive form after Danny Dixon’s cross saw Bingham fire a thunderous header past a helpless Nick Feely.

Cannons continued to push for an equalizer as they lifted the tempo towards the end of the first half, but Hume managed to hold their own and see it out until the half time break.

The second half saw Cannons fire a shot from distance that took a wicked deflection. Fortunately for Hume and Michael Weier, the effort went out for a corner.

Cannons continued to pile on the pressure, but Hume continued to throw bodies at the ball to deny the home side, adding to their frustration.

At the 71st minute, Matt Thurtell should have equalized after another defensive Hume turnover put the forward in a 1v1 situation but Michael Weier’s reflexes were on full display to deny Thurtell.

Moments later, it was Hume via a counterattack that eventually saw Danny Dixon cut in and fire an effort into the path of Nick Feely.

At the 78th minute, Hume were two goals to the good after Danny Dixon’s corner saw Jordan Maricic fire home his side’s second goal of the night. The centre-back was left unmarked inside Cannons’ box before firing home a thumping header and his debut goal past Nick Feely.

Hume’s resilient defending saw them see out the second half and leave Jack Edwards Reserve with all three points and a well-deserved clean sheet.

Hume City’s U21s enjoyed a nice 2-1 win over Oakleigh Cannons U21s side. Goalscorers for Hume City U21s were Mehmet Uysal (21’) and Koray Cekic (81”). Unfortunately for Hume City’s U19s side, they endured a 6-2 loss to Oakleigh Cannons’ U19s side. Goalscorers for Hume City U19s were Ali Calkan (65’) and Luke Agius (83’). 

Hume City now have their sights set on a double match week, as they welcome Bentleigh Greens SC to ABD Stadium on Tuesday the 25th of May in their FFA Cup Round 6 clash. Seniors will be kicking off at 7:45pm. Hume City then travel to Paisley Park on Saturday the 29th of May, to face Altona Magic SC. Seniors kick-off at 6:30pm after the U21s game at 4:30pm and the U19s game at 2:30pm.

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