Round 7 of the FFA Cup saw Hume City welcome Oakleigh Cannons to ABD Stadium. Both sides entered the game full of confidence after collecting 11 out of a possible 15 points from their last 5 NPL games. Nick Hegarty’s squad needed to dig deep after some key exclusions from the game included James Brown, Harry Monaghan, George Howard and Mitch Cooper. However, Thomas Harris earned his first senior start for Hume City in 2019.
The opening 20 minutes saw the home side dominate possession and the only real chance for either side was Joe Guest firing wide from outside the box at the 17th minute. The 22nd minute nearly saw Hume take the lead through Marko Delic, who almost got his head on the end of a dangerous Ben Bowler cross. The home side continued to pile on the pressure and at the 22nd minute, Matthew Lazarides’ fancy footwork created enough space for him to fire in cross to Thomas Harris at the back post, who volleyed into John Honos. At the 40th minute, Delic turned his defender at halfway and raced down the right flank before firing in a low ball to Lazarides whose backheel effort almost caught Honos off guard.
Although the halftime score was 0-0, it was Hume City who looked the more dangerous side entering the break and considering they were without some key players, this is just a testament that Nick Hegarty’s high tempo football is something to be reckoned with.
The second half almost saw Hume take the lead through Thomas Harris, but he fired the shot wide at 48 minutes. Paul Wilson certainly earned his nickname “Blocker” at the 52nd minute, after throwing his body in front of Thomas Matthews’ goal bound shot from inside the box. At the 53rd minute, Theo Markelis had enough time to dribble and his left footed effort from outside the box almost had John Honos troubled for a second. Hume continued to apply their high intensity and Matthew Lazarides’ interception at the 54th minute saw Marko Delic dribble and fire a curling left foot shot at Honos. Cannons managed to create their first chance of the second half at the 64th minute, but Harry White’s fired his freekick over the bar. At the 76th minute, it looked as if the home side would take the lead via Lazarides whose run was found by Danny Dixon but Lazarides blasted the ball over the bar. Dixon continued to provide a lot of energy for the home side and at the 77th minute, Dixon’s deflected shot saw Lazarides pounce and his sneaky shot saw Honos save the day for Cannons once again. At the 88th minute, it was substitute Goran Zoric for the Cannons who volleyed from outside the box after a Cannons corner, but the shot went wide.
The 90th minute saw the score remain 0-0 and referee Jack Morgan signaled the final whistle, which saw the game head into overtime.
At the 92nd minute, it was Goran Zoric’s to Harry White which forced Michael Weier into the best save off the night after getting his fingertips to the ball. John Honos followed up with his best save of the night at the 102nd minute, after scrambling across the goal to get a palm to Danny Dixon’s freekick, earning the home side a corner. A moment of controversy followed with the resulting corner, as Honos got a hand to Ben Bowler’s headed effort which had apparently crossed the line but referee Jack Morgan waved play on. Danny Dixon continued to provide the spark Hume City needed and at the 105th minute, Dixon’s ball over the top of Cannons’ defence saw an onside Marko Delic blast his chance over the bar. The 110th minute saw Cannons earn a freekick in a dangerous spot, but Joe Guest fired the shot into the carpark which only added to Cannons’ frustration throughout the night. At the 114th minute, Marko Delic’s vision saw his pass find an onside Danny Dixon whose shot forced Honos into an incredible reflex save to keep Cannons in the game.
The 120th minute saw referee Jack Morgan blow the final whistle which meant a penalty shootout would decide which side would progress to the Round of 32.
At the end of the night it was Michael Weier’s heroic efforts that saw Hume City proceed to the round of 32 in the FFA Cup, after saving 3 penalties for the home side. The final score finished 3-2 on penalties and Stevie Hewitt, Danny Dixon and Ben Bowler were Hume’s goal scorers.
Hume City fear nobody in the Round of 32 after consecutive wins against Heidelberg United, Bentleigh Greens and Oakleigh Cannons in their last 3 FFA Cup outings for 2019. Hume City now have their sights set on the 15th of June, as they travel to Olympic Village to take on an in-form Heidelberg United for Round 17 of the NPL. Seniors kick-off at 6:00pm after the Under 20’s at 4:00pm.
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