It’s been a season without any real upsets in the FFA Cup and that continued again in the final semi-final as Melbourne Victory cruised past Hume City 3-0 on Wednesday night. There was controversy in the lead up to the match as Victory should have been the away team but the match was hosted by the A-League side.
Hume City started fairly well, determined to mix it with the A-League side and in the fifth minute could well have had an opportunity to go ahead. A ball in to the box seemed to be handled by Jason Geria but Ben Williams was able to wave away the appeals from Hume.
But it did not take very long for Victory to take firm control of the match as they really started to go for it. Connor Pain nearly opened the scoring in the 12th minute as he sent in a curling strike that went just wide of the post.
From there it really was only Victory who were having all the chances but without a goal, Hume still had a chance. Theo Markelis, a former Victory man was still looking dangerous for Hume City but was heavily monitored by the Victory defense.
An ominous sign came on the half-hour as Besart Berisha started to look more and more dangerous after the half-hour mark. That saw things become more worrisome for Hume City and in the 39th minute Victory managed to win a penalty.
Jeremy Walker was shown a yellow card for the foul, after he fouled Berisha in the box, to give Victory the penalty. Berisha dusted himself off and then was able to take the penalty, dispatching it to the bottom right corner, out of the reach of the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 at half-time.
Victory were continuing to control the match as they came out from the break and if not for some stellar goalkeeping could have been two up in the 57th minute. Jesse Makarounas saw his effort very well saved, only for the rebound to fall to Kosta Barbarouses, but his effort was again well saved.
While the Victory lead was only one goal, there was an air of nervousness about the match, but the A-League side always seemed to have a measure of control to the match. Victory continued to attack pushing for a goal, and looking to kill the match off but it just could not come.
Markelis went very close to pulling a goal back, with two chances in the final 15 minutes but Hume City were denied, keeping it 1-0 to Victory. The NPL side were punished for those misses in the 88th minute as Barabarouses hit it low and hard in to the bottom left hand corner to make it two and seal the win.
Right at the death, with Hume throwing men forward, Victory made it a three goal win as Barbarouses was able to get around his man. That allowed him to set up Geria who had a simple finish to seal the 3-0 win to send Victory to the final against Perth Glory.