Hume City leave it late to advance to yet another FFA Cup Round of 16

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A tight affair between Hume City and Port Melbourne exploded near the end of the match, as Hume scored twice in injury-time to see off a gallant Sharks side 3-1 at ABD Stadium.

It was a cagey start to the affair, with both sides focusing on maintaining their shape as they returned to competitive play following months on the sidelines.

The first major chance of the game came when Hume ended a nice spell of possession by playing a ball into Aden Gardner in the box, but he failed to hit the target with his attempt.

The deadlock was broken not long after, with former Adelaide United player Mark Ochieng firing in a thunderous strike from outside the box in the 17th minute. Undoubtedly one of the best goals in the FFA Cup this season, the strike gave Nick Hegarty’s side a well-deserved lead after dominating the game’s first 15 minutes.

Port Melbourne responded after going behind, commanding more of the possession and generating a number of half-chances, but were unable to capitalise on their opportunities.

The away side continued to outplay their opponents at the start of the second half, with Adam Piddick’s team controlling both possession and territory to mount the pressure on Hume.

The rain began to pour just before the hour mark, as Hume edged towards yet another Round of 16 appearance. Port though were building, as several dangerous balls were played into the box leading to shots flashing past Trenkovski’s posts.

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Nonetheless, as the wet weather subsided, Hume appeared to have equally seen off the storm of Port Melbourne attacks. The home side had a major chance to see off the game just beyond the 70th minute when the ball broke for substitute Nahuel Bonada, who should have done better as his shot went just wide of the post.

Hume were made to pay for not taking their chance, as in the 79th minute Gardner played through substitute and new signing Luca Tevere, whose cutback found Scottish striker Chris Duggan to put away a simple finish.

All seemed lost for Hume as Port carried their momentum for much of the final 10 minutes.

But it was the home side, who following a move involving plenty of passes in and around the penalty area, scored the crucial goal in injury time through star striker Josh Bingham.

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Hume added one more just a minute later, as recent acquisition Nahuel Bonada made amends for his earlier miss by slotting home a finish into the bottom corner. Even still there was later controversy, as Bonada was then controversially sent off following an altercation during his goal celebration.

Another FFA Cup, another Round of 16 for Hume City.

Hume City 3 (Ochieng 17’, Bingham 90+2’, Bonada 90+3’)

Port Melbourne 1 (Duggan 79’)

ABD Stadium

Referee: Alex Liber

Assistant Referees: Laura Moya & Danielle Anderson

Fourth Official: Yianni Zisis

Hume City: Lucas TRENKOVSKI (GK), Birhan ELIBOL, Aden GARDNER, Paul KUOL (Ali TURGUT 95’), Joshua BINGHAM, Mark OCHIENG (Umut BOZDUGAN 88’), Matthew LAZARIDES (Lachlan WEIER 88’), Mitch COOPER (Nahuel BONADA 61’), Hayden TENNANT, Brandon LAUTON, Benjamin BOWLER

Unused subs: Eren ARSLAN (GK), Theodore MARKELIS, Koray CEKIC

Port Melbourne: Andrew WITHERS (GK), Joshua WILKINS, Michael EAGAR (Luke BARFOROSH 45’), Troy RUTHVEN (Matthew NTOUMENOPOULOS 74’), Daniel EDWARDS, Christopher DUGGAN, George MELLS, Kristopher KIOUSSIS (Luca TEVERE 64’), Valentin CESNIK (Francesco STELLA 74’), Kristian BOMBACI, Ross ARCHIBALD

Unused subs: Evan MARKOGIANNAKIS (GK), Anthony IANCHELLO, John KUOL

Feature Image Credit: Hume City FC

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