By Roanna Sanelli
Photo: Dion Fountas Photography
The St Albans Saints have succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to same town rivals Green Gully at Churchill Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
Dinamo were keen to highlight their potency to supporters and critics alike after another inconsistent game against Kingston City.
However, the never-ending injury list gained another two victims with both Captain Ryan McGuffie and Jean Carlos Solorzano left out of the side.
It forced another reshuffle with Michael Grgic moving back into the central defensive position.
The opening stages were dictated by frequent dispossessions as the hosts did not place pressure on the visitors as a cohesive unit.
Winger Joseph Monek cut a consistent figure in the back line as he tracked back from attack to defence with speed and intent.
While both sides had sporadic attempts on goal, it was Dinamo whom took the first blow, with Nana Yaw succumbing to his second injury of the season.
Adrian Dobraszkiewicz replaced the defender as Gully began to have continual forward momentum.
Despite their moments of prowess in attack, the scores remained level with hosts aiming to start afresh after the break.
The initial fifteen minutes of the second term were crucial but were heralded two close goal attempts by the visitors following lapses of poor communication and marking by the hosts.
Eventually Gully scored the break-through with a low strike into the bottom left corner of the net.
It was then a game of catch-up for the hosts whom at times appeared to switch off in key moments despite forcing the opposition keeper into two diving saves.
Tensions were raised when a questionable tackle on Daniel Chaabani reduced the visitors to ten men.
However, the advantage was not utilised by the Saints with several long balls not making use of the extra man on the pitch.
Yet it was in the final minutes of the match when Dinamo rallied to find the equaliser but it was a case of too little, too late from a side whom at times lacked a creative spark.
Dinamo will next face the Bulleen Lions at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon.