Round 4 Review: After a thrilling game, controversial decisions leave Hume City empty-handed

Hume City return to ABD stadium this week, after their 2-2 draw with Altona Magic at Paisley Park last week. The home side remain unbeaten, after 2 wins and 1 draw which has them sitting on 7 points. 

Round 3 saw Hume City take the lead twice against Altona Magic, only for Magic to retaliate twice and earn themselves a point from the game. Ersin Kaya and James Brown continue their great scoring form for Hume City’s 2019 NPL campaign, with Kaya sitting on 2 goals and Brown sitting on 3 leading up to Round 4’s clash against Heidelberg United. Heidelberg United entered this game on 4 points, after registering their first win (2-0) last week against an in-form Melbourne Knights.

It was the away side who registered the first attempt on goal, with Andrew Cartanos cutting in from the left side and firing straight into Michael Weier’s gloves in the opening minutes of the game. The first of many controversial moments occurred at the 6th minute which left the home crowd scratching their head, when the referee waived play on after James Brown was through on goal and was clearly fouled by Heidelberg’s defence, at the edge of the 18-yard box. At the 8th minute, the home side pounced on a Heidelberg turnover which lead to Ersin Kaya firing wide of the goal. At the 13th minute, the ball managed to fall to Alex Schiavo in the box, but his effort was blasted over the bar.

Finding the back of the net hasn’t been a problem for Hume City this season, after James Brown found the back of the net for the home side and his 4th goal of the season. Luke Byles’ attempted clearance found James Brown’s feet and Brown drilled a low shot into the bottom left corner at the 16th minute. The lively James Brown almost put the home side 2-0 up at the 23rd minute, after Ersin Kaya put James Brown through on goal again but Brown’s unselfishness lead to Heidelberg’s defence clearing the ball to safety. At the 29th minute it was no other than James Brown, who’s run was found by Harry Monaghan but Brown’s effort was deflected for a Hume City corner.

At the 35th minute, the referee was at the center of attention again, after a controversial penalty was awarded to Heidelberg United. Steven Hewitt had clearly won the ball for Hume City, but the entire crowd were stunned when the referee pointed to the penalty spot for the away side. Tom Cahill blasted the penalty into the roof of the net for the visitors and tied the game at 1-1. The home side nearly took the lead again at the 43rd minute, after Ersin Kaya dribbled down the right flank and whipped in a beautiful cross, but nobody was there to finish for Hume City.

At the 53rd minute, the home side were sucker punched after Tom Cahill had enough space to find Alex Schiavo, who put the away side up 2-1. Defender Danny Dixon decided to help create some attacking chances for the home side at the 57th minute, after cutting in from the left side, only to have his shot deflected for a Hume City corner. Will Hendon, Steven Hewitt and James Brown’s great link-up play at the 70th minute lead to Steven Hewitt’s shot being saved by Chris Theodoridis. Tom Cahill nearly put the away side up 3-1 after a sneaky shot just missed the goal by a few inches.

The home side continued to create numerous opportunities towards the end of the game. Substitute Bradley Blumenthal fired a bullet at Theodoridis at the 81st minute, but nobody was there to pounce on the deflection. Will Hendon and James Brown continued to look lively for the home side in the dying minutes of the game, with Brown having a cross nearly finding the back of the net at the 87th minute.

Hume City almost looked to have tied the game at the 90th minute, after Matthew Lazarides’ combination play with James Brown resulted in Brown’s shot hitting the apex of the woodwork. Theo Markelis then had a follow up attempt on Brown’s shot cleared off the line by Heidelberg’s defence.

The referee blew the final whistle and it was the away side who would sing in victory. There were plenty of talking points after the game, as Hume City will certainly be wondering why some important calls were not in their favor.

Nick Hegarty and his side travel to Kingston Heath Stadium next Friday (15th of March), to take on Bentleigh Greens in what will be a thoroughly entertaining game. Hume City have certainly showed that they can match the efforts of any team this season and look to bounce back from Saturday’s loss against Heidelberg. Under 20’s kick off at 6:15pm and Seniors kick off at 8:15pm.

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