There’s something magical about Hume City in the FFA Cup

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Against all the odds, Hume City found a way to yet again progress in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night. Their success in the competition seems to defy all kinds of logic, yet they are the perfect demonstration of what makes the national cup competition such a spectacle.

Hume City were on the ropes. After having their lead erased by Port Melbourne striker Chris Duggan, Hume were forced to withstand a barrage of attacks from their visiting opponents in the final 10 minutes of their FFA Cup tie.

The ABD Stadium crowd held their breath each time the Sharks surged forward in search of the winning goal, and it appeared it was only a matter of time before they found it.

Yet somehow, Hume survived. Josh Bingham was the hero, as the home side secured a dramatic late win to advance to the Round of 16 for the fourth time in their history.

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Hume’s latest cup triumph is all the more remarkable considering their circumstances heading into the game.

Whilst both Hume and Port Melbourne were equally burdened by the unfortunate cancellation of Victoria’s NPL season at the start of September, Hume’s situation was worsened by several key absentees in the squad.

A number of players central to the club’s system and success in the most recent NPL season were not present for their Round of 32 clash.

Losing goalkeeper Michael Weier to A-League side Newcastle Jets was always going to be a major blow to the stability of the side.

Hume were also without two of the dynamic front three which had brought so much success to the club in recent times, namely Danny Dixon and Andy Brennan.

Throw in the fact that Patrick Langlois and John McGuigan have left the club since the season ended, and it is clear that the side that defeated Port Melbourne on Wednesday was hardly the same as the one which had disposed of their opponents in their two league meetings earlier this year.

Although Hume added quality to their squad through the likes of Brandon Lauton and Nahuel Bonada, Nick Hegarty was forced to significantly reshuffle his pack and reorganise his system on relatively short notice.

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Meanwhile, Port Melbourne have retained essentially their entire squad over the last few months, allowing Adam Piddick to essentially pick up where he left off whilst being supplemented by the quality of Troy Ruthven, Josh Wilkins and Luca Tevere from various clubs around Victoria.

Reason would suggest that the distinctly superior stability at Port Melbourne since the NPL season’s conclusion would hand them a near-insurmountable advantage heading into both sides’ first game in over three months.

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Yet despite all of these factors, combined with the immense pressure Hume were under in the dying minutes of the match, the cup specialists somehow survived and moved on in the competition once more.

The ability of a team like Hume to overcome these odds is what makes the FFA Cup special. Hume embody the ‘magic of the cup’.

If the club’s runs to the semi-finals in 2015 and quarter-finals in 2019 are anything to go by, there’s no reason to believe that they can’t take this season’s success even further.

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No side will be keen to come up against Hegarty’s Hume in the coming rounds.

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Oscar Rutherford
Oscar Rutherford
Sports tragic studying Law/Arts at Monash University. Second-best paid Oscar working in football who has been to China.

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