Photo: Dion Fountas
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 from Matthew Cundari, Adam Hodor and Joseph Monek.
It wasn’t the greatest start however, after Robert Santilli brought down City’s Matthew Murphy inside 15 minutes to concede a penalty and find his team down one-nil after Ali Turgut converted, sending Santilli the wrong way.
It took the Saints only four minutes to clean up the mess and equalise as a searching corner found Michael Grgić at the back post, a squared header then found Cundari’s head and the engine made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
City’s attack attempted to find a lead before halftime with the use of an isolated striker attempting to create one-on-one battles in which Saints’ centre-back pairing of Anthony Kataforis and Jordan Wilkes absorbed without much difficulty.
The beginning of the second half did see City make life difficult for the Saints as a scramble in the box nearly ended up in the back of the net with Santilli doing his best to save the stalemate.
The 57th minute saw excellence from the Saints as Cundari lobbed a ball to Hodor outside the box. The new signing took the ball on his left foot and set-up a right footed half-volley finding the back of the net to give the Saints a lead which they desperately needed to hold.
The goal motivated City to find an equaliser and it was goal scorer Turgut who had the best opportunity as Santilli managed to save a one-on-one effort a few minutes later to keep Saints’ lead intact.
With just over ten minutes to go in the contest, Monek collected the ball in his own half and embarked on a trademark Monek run, Anthony Laus made a cross field run dragging two defenders which allowed space for Saints’ top goal scorer to add a fourth to his tally and secure the three points for the Saints.
The three-one win helps the Saints keep up with the pace of the NPL Two West Division as they trail three points to the Warriors and five points to Werribee City after five rounds.
Langwarrin will be coach Kruni Razov’s next test, as this will be the first time the Saints will face eastern opposition.
The round six match will be held at Lawton Park Reserve on Saturday afternoon with kick-off set for 15:00.
Other Results – Round 5
|NPL 2 West||NPL 2 East|
|Moreland Zebras 3-0 Ballarat City||Manningham United Blues 2-0 Northcote City|
|Moreland City 0-4 Werribee City||Springvale White Eagles 1-3 Langwarrin|
|Whittlesea Ranges 2-4 Melbourne Victory Youth||Box Hill United 2-1 Melbourne City Youth|
|North Geelong Warriors 4-2 Geelong||Goulburn Valley 2-3 Eastern Lions|
|Bulleen Lions 2-1 Murray United|