Hume City have defeated a youthful second-string Melbourne City side 2-0 in hot conditions last night (Thurs) at ABD Stadium in a friendly.
Hume are preparing for the biggest game in their history, a Westfield FFA Cup semi-final against Melbourne Victory later in the month.
City used the match to give game time to some of their bigger names and youth players.
Hume played a close to full strength side with the notable exceptions of Nick Hegarty and Isyan Erdogan, whilst Melbourne City rested most of their stars with the Melbourne Derby looming large on the horizon.
David Williams and Corey Gameiro both saw a healthy amount of game time for the A-League side, as they continue their rehabilitation from injury.
Daniel Clark put Hume in the lead in the 4th minute when new signing Sergio Msahli fed him through on goal, with Clark rounding the keeper to give the home side an early lead.
Seven minutes later Msahli found himself on the score sheet when a Melbourne City mix up at the back presented him with an open goal.
The tempo slowed as the first half wore on, with both teams struggling to adapt to the unusually warm conditions.
Melbourne City had the better of the late first half chances, but were thwarted by a sharp Chris Oldfield in the Hume City goal.
Msahli had a chance to get his second of the game early in the second half, but a heavy touch denied him time for a shot.
A predictable flurry of second half substitutions disrupted the flow of the game as both sides struggled to create clear-cut opportunities.
Melbourne City continued to press for a goal to get back into the contest but were held out by a more experienced Hume City side, who have their eyes firmly set on a FFA Cup Semi Final against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday October 28 at AAMI Park.
Hume City 2 (Clark 4’, Msahli 11’)
Melbourne City 0