A dramatic 97th minute equaliser from Hume City goalkeeper Michael Weier saw the home side pinch a point in an action packed finale at ABD Stadium.
Melbourne Knights looked to have full control of the match leading 2-0 heading into the final 10 minutes, before a defensive mistake allowed Theo Markelis to bring the home side back into the contest.
A red card for dissent to Fraser Chalmers deep into injury time gave Hume one last chance to level the terms. With Andrew Marth having already used all of his substitutions, defender Nikola Jurkovic donned the gloves, but was unable to stop Hume’s tall goalkeeper Weier from heading home to cue wild celebrations from the home side.
The final 10 minutes of the contest were a complete contrast to the first 80 minutes. Melbourne Knights enjoyed the bulk of the possession and pressed Hume well up the pitch often winning possession in their own half.
A fit and healthy Ben Surey marshalled the midfield expertly alongside new signing Jake Barker-Daish, while Jason Hicks enjoyed a more advanced role behind new striker Tom Cahill.
Also making their debuts for the club were wingers Elvis Kamsoba and Danny Dixon, with the two terrorising the Hume City full back with their pace and darting runs.
Kamsoba would open his account for his new club with a cool finish into the bottom corner, after being put through by a good ball from Jason Hicks.
Hume were limited to long shots, and Kristian Trajcevski came the closest to bring Hume back on level terms only to be denied by Fraser Chalmers.
The second half saw their Knights resume their dominance in the midfield, with the Hume defence having problems dealing with Dixon and Kamsoba on the flanks.
Midway thought the second half, Kamsoba worked him way behind the home defence only to be brought down in the box by a late tackle. Hicks stepped up and slotted home the resulting penalty despite the keeper guessing the right way.
However as the old saying goes ‘2-0 is the most dangerous scoreline to defend.’ Andrew Marth would be bitterly disappointed his side couldn’t hold on to take a valuable three points back to Knights Stadium.
Speaking to Knights Media post-match, new signing Danny Dixon shared his thoughts on the result.
“I believe we outplayed them for at least 75 minutes and should have had the match wrapped up. Unfortunately a couple of costly mistakes cost us the game, really”.
“We didn’t want to allow Hume to play out. We wanted to push them higher up the field and see what they come back with. I thought it worked great as we outplayed them, we had the ball in space and got the ball out wide.”
“We will take a lot of positives from how we played for 80 minutes of the match, we just go again Monday and build for Friday’s game against Pascoe Vale”
Melbourne Knights will host their first match of the new season this Friday night, when they welcome Pascoe Vale to Knights Stadium.
Melbourne Knights: 1.Fraser CHALMERS, 4.Ben SUREY, 5.Damien MISKULIN, 8.Jake BARKER-DAISH, 11.Nikola JURKOVIC, 12.Anthony DEZIC, 13.Tom CAHILL (9.Kym HARRIS 74’), 15.Danny DIXON (7.Rob ZADWORNY 80’), 16.Jason HICKS, 18.Joshua BREKALO, 27.Elvis KAMSOBA (2.Tomislav FADLJEVIC 91’)
Not Used: 20.Harry CAKARUN, 23.Timmy PURCELL.
Red Cards: Fraser Chalmers 94’
Goals: Elvis KAMSOBA 23’, Jason HICKS 60’.
Hume City: 1.Michael WEIER, 2.Ersin KAYA, 3.Kristopher Kioussis, 5.Blair GOVAN, 6.Daniel CLARK, 7.Atila OFLI, 8.Wayne WALLACE (22.Danny KIM 80’), 10.Theo MARKELIS, 17.Anthony BRAN (11.Dillon JAKUPI 69’), 21.Kristian TRAJCEVSKI (19.Oliver KUBILAY 58’), 39.Nicholas HERGARTY.
Not Used: 20.Glen TAPIA, 16.Karl BARICEVIC
Goals: Theo MARKELIS 80’, Michael WEIER 97’