By Roanna Sanelli

Photo: Dion Fountas Photography

The St Albans Saints have played out a nil all draw against the Melbourne Knights at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

It was another battle of old foes with Dinamo making a formation reshuffle after their disappointing defeat at the hands of Port Melbourne.

Nick Sarbin made his first senior start after an injury stint while John Lazaridis slotted into the defensive line.

Coach Kruni Razov opted to utilise two up front in the forms of Caleb Mikulic and Jean Carlos Solorzano, hoping the change would give his side an added advantage.

However, play in the first term was very much end to end exemplified with several turnovers in the middle of the park by both sides.

Clear cut chances were far and few between with Matthew Cundari having the best opportunity of the half as his long-range shot travelled over the crossbar.

While there were several attacking plays made by the hosts, the final ball often found an absence of players in the final third.

Pressure from the hosts was lacking at times and the knights capitalised on this with Elvis Kamsoba whom was a continual threat when on the ball as his control and speed allowed him to get into dangerous positions.

Both sides used the break to regroup and reassess with Joseph Monek initially being moved into a more attacking position on the left wing.

It proved to give the hosts the unexpected advantage as they had three consecutive shots on goal with Mikulic, Solorzano and Cundari all failing to convert.

Tempers flared in a flurry of cards yet the forward momentum was with the hosts.

Prior to the end of the match the hosts had another near goal and it was Monek whose strike flashed wide of the right post; much to the frustration of the squad and the Dinamo supporters.

The result sees the squad still dwelling at the bottom end of the ladder but the Saints will hope to re-group for their next clash against Avondale FC on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

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