Late Majok winner sends Mariners into semi-finals
Hume City FC 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 (Majok 92’)
The run down
It was a battle for possession during the early stages of the game as both sides showed plenty of attacking intent. Matty Simon and Ziggy Gordon both tested Michael Weier early but the Hume keeper was up to the test.
The home side had the best chance of a very open half as James Brown smashed his volley into the side netting, while the intensity began to rise midway through the half as a brave Hume outfit was starting to frustrate the yellow and navy.
The Mariners continued to look dangerous and a whipped delivery from Tommy Oar was headed wide by Kye Rowles, before Mark Birighitti parried away an effort from Steven Hewitt.
The second half saw the NPL outfit take the game to the Mariners with Marko Delic curling his shot just wide of the Mariners goal and it was an end to end affair with Sam Silvera hitting the crossbar from distance and Danny DeSilva unable to convert the rebound.
The Mariners began to assert dominance and a great free kick by Milan Duric was acrobatically dealt with by Weier, while Sam SIlvera started to grow into the game and became a major hassle for a stern Hume defence.
Hume were handed a chance with a free-kick on the edge of the area but it was fired wide by Daniel Dixon, and shortly after Tommy Oar raced forward but dragged his effort just past the outside of the post as time wound down.
As both teams started to throw players forward, Hume caught the Mariners out on the break, but Jack Clisby put in an inch perfect tackle that denied the home side a great opportunity.
The deadlock was finally broken though in the third minute of stoppage time as substitute Abraham Majok put the ball in after an almighty scramble in the box.
The last-minute winner earned the Mariners progression into the semi-finals of the FFA Cup and means Alen Stajcic’s side is just won win away from the final.
92’ MAJOK GOAL (1-0): A great set piece delivery from Sam Silvera created a scramble in the box with the final touch coming from Abraham Majok to win the game for the Mariners.
Hume City FC: 1. Michael WEIER (GK), 4. Paul WILSON, 5. Daniel DIXON, 6. Harry MONOGHAN (c), 8. James BROWN, 10. Steven HEWITT, 13. Matthew LAZARIDES, 14. Mitch COOPER, 15. Hayden TENNANT, 18. Benjamin BOWLER, 19. Marko DELIC (12. Mark OCHIENG 73’)
Substitutes not used: 20. James KAPURANOVSKI (GK), 9. George HOWARD, 11. Theodore MARKELIS, 24. Umut BOZDUGAN
Yellow cards: TENNANT 33’,
Central Coast Mariners: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), 2. Ziggy GORDAN, 3. Jack CLISBY, 7. Milan DURIC (14. Abraham MAJOK 72’),10. Thomas OAR, 11. Daniel DESILVA, 15. Kye ROWLES, 16. Dylan FOX, 17. Samuel SILVERA, 19. Matthew SIMON (c) (9. Jordan MURRAY 76’), 32. Gianni STENSNESS
Substitutes not used: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 8. Michael MCGLINCHEY, 21. Ruon TONGYIK
Yellow cards: DURIC 31’, MAJOK 80’,
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
ABD Stadium, Broadmeadows
Hume City FC vs. Central Coast Mariners