The home side found the only goal of the game through striker Richard Cardozo in the first half

They were forced to hold off a late surge from the Eagles and entrenched themselves firmly in the top five with the three points.

Hume made one change to the starting team, with Aziz Behich making way for the returning Isiyan Erdogan.

There were two changes for Richmond as Michael Catalano and Erhan Karahan returned to the first 11 in place of Andrew Viola and Davey van't Schip.

It was a quality and high tempo opening to the game with Hume pressing the Eagles high up the park.

But the first chance fell for the visitors on 12 minutes.

Experienced central defender Steven Pace turned the ball over in the centre of the park, leading to Eagles striker Daniel Visevic attempting to thread a ball to strike partner Jesse Krncevic, but Erdogan made a last ditch intercept.

There were few chances in the first half, but Cardozo took his with great aplomb.

A loose ball fell for the striker and he struck a sweet left foot volley to leave Stjepan Gal unmoved in the Richmond goal as the ball hit the roof of the net.

Only a wild volley from City's Zoran Petrevski on 27 minutes was noteworthy for the remainder of the half, but it went well over.

Richmond had the better of the final 15 minutes of the half, but there was a lack of creativity against a compact Hume defence.

The opening exchanges of the second half lead to two goalmouth scrambles in Richmond's defensive area.

But City was unable to capitalize on either, as Gal eventually claimed both.

Hume looked to spread the Eagles defence through Philip Riccobene and Michael Bosevski, but it was Richmond who created a great chance on the hour mark.

Midfielder Michael Ferrante threaded through an inch perfect pass for Steven Topalovic, but his shot came off the instep and went wide of Marijo Roza's right post.

The game opened up for the final half hour and Ferrante again played a superb pass, but this time Roza denied Eagles captain Dimitri Tsiaras with a fine save in a one on one.

Gal had success of his own down the other end as he denied Andy Vlahos, who attempted a chip after a Petrevski cut back.

The visitors had a penalty shout turned down on 83 minutes after they felt Roza brought down Catalano.

Instead, the Eagles winger was booked for simulation.

In search of a sealer, Erdogan fed Petrevski after another fine intercept, but the target man struck his stinging shot wide of goal.

The first minute of stoppage time brought a long shot from Ferrante and home fans had their hearts in their mouths as the shot deflected inches wide of goal.

He had another chance moments later after a cross from the left from van't Schip was punched clear into his path, but he shot wide in a crowded penalty area.