Last year’s semi-finalists Hume City and Melbourne Knights are into the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 after big wins on Wednesday night.
Hume had too much quality for Richmond FC, cruising to a 4-0 victory at ABD Stadium, while the Knights prevailed 2-0 at home to Port Melbourne Sharks.
The two clubs now join Green Gully SC and Bentleigh Greens as Victoria’s Federation clubs in the draw for the last 32.
At Broadmeadows, Hume dominated from the outset and should have led inside 10 minutes only for Kym Harris to glance his header wide from club favourite Shane Rexhepi’s cross.
But Harris made no mistake when given another chance just a few minutes later, slotting home a one-on-one chance after some static defending from the visitors.
And it was 2-0 midway through the opening stanza as Harris completed his double by blasting home from close range after a superb pass from ex-Melbourne Heart defender Jeremy Walker.
The onslaught continued after the break and the tie was safe just before the hour mark.
Nick Hegarty was the architect, turning his defender before whipping in a beautiful cross to the far post where Tom Cahill scored.
Theo Markelis then completed the scoring seven minutes later with a nice finish after brilliant control and lay-off from Kristian Trajcevski.
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Both goals were scored by Marijan Cvitkovic either side of the break.
The first came right on the stroke of half-time as Stipo Andrijasevic twisted and turned his way into the box with some great skill before putting it on a platter for Cvitkovic to score.
The Knights had a host of chances to make the result safe in the second half but had to wait until seven minutes from time to score their second.With Port pushing for an equaliser, Cvitkovic found space on the counter, cutting inside of a couple of defenders before smashing his effort in at the near post to spark scenes of celebration at Knights Stadium.