Gala Day a massive success

Josip Hercog Churchill Reserve played host to the 2019 St Albans Saints Dinamo Junior Gala Day on Saturday, where the Saints were joined by Melbourne Knights, Dandenong City, North Geelong Warriors and Strathmore Split junior teams. A staggering 39 junior boy’s teams participated across age groups containing Under 7’s through to Under 11’s, accompanied by […]

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Convincing comeback to secure third win for 2019

Photo: Dion Fountas Adem Ulutas Needing a win to keep up with the pace setters of the league, Kruni Ražov’s men fought back from a goal down to secure a three-one win at home against Brunswick City on Sunday. It goes down as Saints’ third win of the season and was made possible by strikes […]

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Senior Women’s gear up for 2019

Josip Hercog Season 2019 is nearing fruition for our Senior Women’s Team as details have now been confirmed for their Round One clash in the Nike F.C. Cup (formerly known as the Women’s State Knockout Cup). Kingston Heath Soccer Complex’s second pitch will play host to the tie between the Caulfield United Cobras who ply […]

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Saints edge win against Zebras

Photo: Dion Fountas Josip Hercog Churchill Reserve played host to Round Four action in the 2019 NPL Two West Division as the St Albans Saints managed to steal a two-one win in the dying moments of the contest against the Moreland Zebras. Both teams suffered defeats last week and desperately needed a win to keep […]

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Lapse of concentration costs Saints

Photo: Dion Fountas Josip Hercog It was a hot day at Churchill Reserve in Round Two of the 2019 NPL2 West division as St Albans Saints played host to Moreland City. With the points eventually shared after the two-all draw. It was a positive start by the hosts who created chances and had the ascendancy […]

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Six of the best to kick-off 2019

Photo: Dion Fountas Josip Hercog As Epping Stadium welcomed our 2019 campaign, Kruni Razov’s side had plans of their own as they defeated Whittlesea Ranges six-nil on Saturday afternoon. With the 15:00 kick-off allowing for perfect match conditions, the Saints did not take their foot off the pedal as they secured a two-nil lead in […]

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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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