Hume City has defeated the Melbourne Knights 2-0 at Broadmeadows Valley Park on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals by Baki Efe and Nick Hegarty.
Efe sent the home side ahead in the 69th minute, getting on the end of Hegarty’s cross to the far post and heading the ball past Chris May.
Five minutes later, Hegarty doubled the lead for Hume, rifling a strike past May from range. His well-struck effort moved viciously through the air making it difficult for Knights’ custodian.
In an early blow for the Knights, Rodrigo Covarrubias was forced off with what appeared to be a knee injury in just the fifth minute after clashing with Hume goalkeeper Chris Oldfield.
Anthony Duzel had a golden chance to break the deadlock in the 18th minute. After Knights won the ball about 25 yards from goal, Duzel received the ball with time to turn and shoot. His strike flashed just wide of the left upright.
Up the other end, some desperate defending by the Knights on the goal line managed to keep numerous Hume chances out. The danger was eventually averted when the visitors were awarded a free kick.
Decent chances were few and far between the the first half, and as a result the teams went into the half time level with scores locked at 0-0.
— Melbourne Knights FC (@MelbKnights) May 4, 2014
The first chance of the second half fell to Hume’s Hegarty, His powerful strike seemed destined for the top left corner, but for a fingertip save by a full-stretch May.
Knights had a handful of chances around the hour mark, with Daniel Visevic’s effort the pick of the back. Cutting in from the right and beating his man, the winger’s shot forced Oldfield into a save, parrying the ball over the bar.
Efe’s goal broke the deadlock in the 69th minute before Hegarty’s strike five minutes later doubled the lead – making Knights’ task even harder.
Just prior to Hegarty’s goal, Nick Marinos could have, and should have, made it two, missing the target from point-blank range.
Knights pushed for a way back into the game but couldn’t find a much-needed goal and Hume was able to play out the game until the final whistle.
Melbourne Knights’ next fixture is against Oakleigh Cannons at Jack Edwards Reserve next Friday night, May 9th. Kick off is at 8:30pm.