Hume City 1 Marconi Stallions 1 (4-2 on penalties)
Hume City 1 (4-2 on penalties) (Harris 117’)
Marconi Stallions 1 (Pavlovic 94’)
2015 Semi-Finalists Hume City are again through to the Round of 16 after scrapping past PS4 NSW NPL2 outfit Marconi Stallions on penalties at ABD Stadium.
The Sydney outfit rode their luck throughout the 90 minutes before a stunning solo strike from striker Mirjan Pavlovic in the early stages of extra-time looked to have sealed their progression to the last 16.
But the hosts grabbed an equaliser with just over three minutes remaining with Kym Harris burying a header from close range after a brilliant cross from Jeremy Walker.
Pavlovic missed from the spot in the shootout with Shane Rexhepi netting the decisive penalty as Hume emerged 4-2 winners.
But it was Hume who should have opened the scoring in the 17th minute with Kym Harris blazing over the bar from close range after a delightful through ball from Kristian Trajceski.
The Victorian outfit grew into the contest and were unfortunate not to take the lead after hitting the post on two occasions either side of half time.
Firstly, Theo Markelis showed great technique to unleash a superb volley which cannoned off the woodwork with Stallions keeper Chad Taylor stranded.
Then skipper Nick Hegarty went perilously close just five minutes into the second half, with the former Grimsby Town midfielder curling a delightful shot from outside the area which cannoned of the frame of the goal.
Hegarty should have broken the deadlock with just over 20 minutes remaining after being played through on goal but the attacker fired over with only Taylor to beat.