NPL wrap: Victory suffers defeat to Hume City


A 10-man Melbourne Victory has gone down 3-0 against Hume City in its PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria match at Epping Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Two first-half goals were pivotal for Hume, while a red card to Christian Cavallo minutes into the second stanza made for an uphill task for Victory.

Victory came out with intent and could have opened the scoring had George Howard’s daring chip not rattled off the crossbar 12 minutes in.

It wasn’t long before Victory goalkeeper Lucas Spinella was called into action, initially denying Kofi Danning before parrying away Hernan Espindola’s lateral pass.

He could do little to keep Hume out shortly after, when Daniel Clark capitalised on an errant Matt Hennessey pass to tuck the ball away.

Howard was at it again on the half-hour mark, forcing Chris Oldfield to batter the ball away from inside the area.

Hume soon took advantage of Christian Cavallo’s scuffed clearance to earn itself a penalty when Nick Hegarty was brought down inside the area.

Hegarty stepped up and caressed the ball home to add his side’s second for the day.

Victory was down to ten when Christian Cavallo received his marching orders for a second yellow card, but it did little to put his side off. 

Howard got himself into two great positions in as many minutes, although he was unable to convert either.

Hume had time to add another as Clark swooped on a Spinella save to poke the ball into the corner.

Victory is on the road next week when it faces reigning NPL champions Bentleigh Greens in its next PS4 NPL Victoria match on Friday, April 1.

Earlier, Victory’s under-20 team conceded late in its 1-0 loss against Hume. 


Melbourne Victory 0
Hume City 3 (Clark 21’/79′, Hegarty 36′)


Melbourne Victory 0
Hume City 1