2019 NPL Boy Trials Expression of Interest

Trials for the NPL (2019) boys teams will be held between the 6th of October 2018 and the 13th of October 2018 at Churchill Reserve. Please register your interest via the following link <2019 NPL Boys Trials> to stay up to date with the latest information.   How You Will Be Assessed Player Criteria – players will not […]

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Saints boost their winning momentum

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Dion Fountas The St Albans Saints secured a crucial one nil victory against the Moreland Zebras at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon. It was a positive Dinamo that entered the fixture following it’s one nil win against the Melbourne Victory. They sought to repeat the result against the Zebras to stay in contention for a play-off position. Coach Kruni Razov decided to bolster his forward line by creating the partnership of Juso Julardzija and Rodrigo Covarrubias. Despite the opening tensions, it was the hosts whom initiated early pressure. The visitors demonstrated their speed on the wings yet the Saints were quick to trackback to defence as well as get into formation. However, it was a misjudged header by Ben Shaper which gave the Zebras their first chance of the match which narrowly missed the face of goal. Moreland tried to keep plays short, precise and quick as they attempted to continually exploit the Dinamo defence. Yet, it was the Dominic Falla who put his side into the lead as he slotted home a Julardzija pass. However, the goal did not dampen the spirits of the visitors as they posed an aerial threat to for the hosts. The second term was marked by a number of Dinamo scoring opportunities including a close range miss. Moreland continued to use their speed on the pitch in an attempt to restrict the movement of the Saints whom began to pay in a narrow and compact manner. Yet it was Dinamo whom had the momentum with several chances going astray including a miss-timed sliding shot by Matthew Cundari. The visitors’ pace allowed them to transition easily with minimal pressure from their opponents. Indeed, the Zebras came close to scoring with two separate attempts travelling over the crossbar but it was not enough to prevent a Saints’ victory. The result sees Dinamo remain in second place with just two fixtures remaining of the season. The Saints will next face Altona Magic at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon.  

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Saints storm back to winning ways

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Dion Fountas The St Albans Saints have defeated the Melbourne Victory youth one nil at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon. Dinamo were in high spirits despite their loss to Melbourne City in the previous round as Rodrigo Covarrubias returned to his forward position. Their academy opponents were again a collectively younger cohort and posed a threat on the flanks with their speed. Despite their pace at moving the ball from side to side, it was the hosts whom had the forward momentum and had a number of scoring opportunities. Indeed, it was Hernan Espindola whom came close to capitalizing for the hosts when his strike travelled into the arms of the opposition goalkeeper. Dinamo’s eagerness at times appeared as though play was being rushed yet they continued to create shots on goal with Dominic Falla’s chance brushing past the right post. Yet it was Victory that had the best opportunity of the half when a header rebounded off the inside of the bar and was cleared off the line by the Saints’ defence. However, Dinamo did not enter the break unscathed with defender Antonio Barbaro being stretchered off the pitch after injuring his left knee. Despite the misfortune, the Saints continued their momentum from the first term. Their efforts were soon rewarded when Midfielder Stefan Baricevic’s corner travelled directly into the back of the net. Melbourne Victory attempted to break on the counter attack yet their final balls were lacking partially due to the sustained Dinamo pressure. The final whistle marked a necessary win for the Saints as they remain in contention for the play-off position. Dinamo will next face the Moreland Zebras in a fortnight’s time.

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Saints succumb to a speedy Melbourne City

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Dion Fountas The St Albans Saints have succumbed to a one nil defeat at the hands of Melbourne City at Latrobe University on Saturday afternoon. Dinamo sought to continue their winning form following a string of recent victories. Juso Julardzija cut a defiant lone striker and was assisted by Matthew Cundari and Rodrigo Covarrubias on the flanks. Despite this, it was the hosts whom made an excellent start with their speed in all areas. Indeed, it was a slow opening half for the visitors whom lacked focus as well as pressure in the forward line. City continued to capitalise on the absence of the Dinamo resolve by playing early balls and pressing high up on the pitch. Their pace coupled with their athleticism allowed them to dictate play from the centre of the park and were dangerous on the counter-attack. In fact, it was goalkeeper Robert Santilli whom at times kept his side in contention which included a diving save to push a host attempt over the bar. Yet, the breakthrough soon arrived for City as a strike from outside the area grabbed the advantage prior to the break. The second term marked a significant improvement in the visitors however there was a lack of defensive marking by the Saints which permitted opposition players to run free from the Dinamo defence. Cundari and Covarrubias both had opportunities to level the scoreline yet it both chances narrowly missed the mark. Dinamo will next square-off against Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon.

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Dinamo share the spoils with Moreland City

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Dion Fountas The St Albans Saints have drawn one all with Moreland City at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon. It was a decisive clash for the Saints against the NPL 2 East’s top ranked side and they entered the match with a renewed confidence following their victory over Altona Magic. Forward […]

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Grgic magic goal seals Saints’ win

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Mark Avellino The St Albans Saints have secured a crucial victory following their 2-1 win against Altona Magic on Saturday night. Dinamo’s lacklustre performance in Box Hill forced them to re-group and re-focus in preparation for their clash against the former State League one side. The hosts have proven themselves to […]

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Dinamo back in the winner’s circle

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Mark Avellino Dinamo have gone back to winning ways after their 2-1 victory against Nunawading City on Sunday afternoon. A demoralising defeat from the previous fixture, forced Dinamo to go back to the drawing board with coach Kruni Razov making a few slight changes. Among these were the additions of Hernan […]

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Dinamo denied three points by Murray United

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Dion Fountas  The St Albans Saints have succumbed 3-1 to Murray United at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon. After a few tied contests, the Saints were looking for a victory to bolster their NPL2 campaign. Indeed, the hosts welcomed Nana Yaw back into the left-back position following his gradual return to […]

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Zebras last gasp goal poaches victory from Saints

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Dion Fountas The St Albans Saints have drawn 2-2 with the Moreland Zebras at CB Smith Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Dinamo’s disappointing FFA Cup exit was left firmly in the past as the squad reset their sights on their NPL2 campaign. Marko Bagaric and Dominic Falla both maintained their starting eleven […]

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Celts deal Dinamo an early FFA Cup exit

By Roanna Sanelli Photo: Dion Fountas The St Albans Saints have made an early exit from the FFA Cup after a 2-3 loss to the St Kilda Celts at Churchill Reserve on Saturday. Dinamo headed into the match as favourites against their State League one opponents and several changes were made to the starting line-up. […]

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