It took extra time but Hume City are through to the FFA Cup semi-finals as they managed a 3-2 win over Oakleigh Cannons. It was entertaining match in difficult conditions at ABD Stadium on Tuesday night as the rain and wind made things hard for both sides.
The winner came late with just two minutes to play, just when it seemed like the match was heading to a shootout. Marcus Shrown was the hero as he buried a tap-in to send the NPL Victoria team through to the final four.
Oakleigh were looking the stronger side for large passages, and twice held the elad but right at the death they just lost the match. Oakleigh took just three minutes to get going as Sean Rooney took Dean Piemonte’s pass and then easily sent it home after beating the offside trap.
The early goal saw the match open up, much more than a cup quarter final would notmally be and in the 14th minute the sides were level again. Ivan Pavlak made a great run down the left and crossed in for Theo Markelis whose ball slipped through the keeper to make it 1-1.
Both sides were going for the match, showing little fear about potential counters and in the 34th minute Oakleigh were back in front. Kofi Danning split the defence, sending Rooney free on the left allowing him to find Piemonte, whose initial effort was poor but he smashed home the second effort.
Right before half-time Hume could have got back on level terms again after Markelis got away a close range header. That strike was denied by an amazing save from Carlos Loaiza, making up for his earlier mistake, keeping it 2-1 at the break.
Hume were determined to get back in to the match after the break and had two early chances, the first chance fell to Nicholas Hegarty whose effort was saved. The next chance happened moments later when Jai Ingham got a chance away but was denied by the post.
Oakleigh’s main chances were coming on the counter and they could well have made it three just after the 60th minute. Dusan Bosnjak was denied by a great save, allowing Piemonte to follow up but his effort was cleared off the line by Shane Rexhepi.
The goal finally came with six minutes to play as Markelis was able to seal his brace when he was allowed to turn and slam home Hegarty’s cross. That was just enough to send the match in to extra-time after a great fight back from Hume.
Extra time was absolutely all Hume City as they were the stronger side through those additional half hour. Hume saw themselves denied by the crossbar twice in extra time, first from a shot from Soheil Msahli Azagane and then from a header off of Matthew Hennessey.
After so many chances in extra-time it seemed Hume City were going to be pushed to penalties. But with two minutes to play, the goal finally came as Hegarty’s initial shot was fumbled fore Schroen was able to go tap home the winner.