By Roanna Sanelli

Photo: Harlequin Sports Photography

The St Albans Saints suffered another defeat 1-3 at the hands of Pascoe Vale at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Dinamo were keen to build on last week’s performance against Heidelberg United despite another two players out of action and adding to their injury woes.

Indeed, the Saints in the early stages were aggressive and came forward at opportune times with the back line focussed on nullifying any visitor attacks.

Hernan Espindola had his side’s first attempt on goal for the match with a shot from the edge of the area forcing a save from the opposition keeper whom pushed the strike over the bar.

Pascoe Vale sought to maintain possession and would not be rushed when attempting to create plays on goal.

Yet it was the hosts whom were dominating the proceedings with Rodrigo Covarrubias striking just wide of the far post.

Matthew Cundari also had a chance to put Dinamo into the lead but his header narrowly missed the inside of the near post.

However, the visitors began to find some forward momentum as they capitalised on the appearing gaps in play.

Indeed, it was Davey Van’t Schip who gave the visitors the advantage prior to the break as his strike travelled past the reach of goalkeeper Chris May.

The second half heralded a heightened intensity by the visitors as Dinamo sought to work the flanks to level the proceedings.

May was again forced to save when a defensive miscommunication concluded with two separate shots on goal which he pushed over the bar.

Pascoe Vale somewhat controlled the centre of the park encouraging the hosts to play long balls.

Van’t Schip soon doubled his side’s lead with a half scissor into the back of the net.

Patches of intensity and momentum from the hosts were boosted with the addition of Nana Yaw to the defence.

Dinamo’s long-awaited goal finally came when Covarrubias headed home from a Joseph Monek cross, scoring the side’s first goal of the NPL season.

The Saints’ goal barrier was finally broken yet the visitors scored another to end the proceedings with the three points.

Dinamo will be back at Churchill Reserve on Sunday as they square off against South Melbourne.


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