Hume on a high ahead of Olympic test

There will be more than interstate bragging rights on the line when Victorian NPL side Hume City take on Sydney Olympic in the FFA Cup Round of 16.

The home team with Turkish roots takes on the away side with Greek roots, which should see a big crowd at the ABD stadium on Tuesday night.

A key figure in the contest is Hume City midfielder, Marcus Schroen, who has been in solid goal scoring form in the both the Victorian NPL and in the FFA Cup. 

The Melbourne Heart (City) youth product is relishing the prospect of facing the former NSL powerhouse club and is confident his team can make it to the final eight.

“It’s another home game, against another NPL club,” the 22 year old said.

“We might have a little bit of external pressure, but the only pressure we feel is what we put on ourselves.

“We know what we are capable of and we know what we can do. We know we can move past the Round of 16 and Sydney Olympic, and make the quarter finals if we win.”

It’s been a meteoric rise for Hume City. Four promotions in 11 years and a brand new $12 million facility has the outfit aiming for top spot in the Australian NPL.

During the 4-3 win against the Brisbane Strikers in the Cup Round of 32, Hume City were on the ropes and looking unlikely to advance.

Schroen scored twice to get his team back in the game, and then had to rely on a deflected extra-time goal for the winner.

“It was an amazing night,” said Schroen, who spent three seasons with FC Den Bosch in Holland’s Jupiler League from the age of 16.

“I thought we were dominant right throughout the game and deserved to go through. The boys just kept on going, even though we went down again, we pinched a winner right at the end.

“The crowd was unbelievable and the atmosphere was unbelievable. It was a real special night for the club.”

Photo credit: Matt Johnson Photographs

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Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.