By Roanna Sanelli
Photo: Ivan Dugandzic
The St Albans Saints have overcome the North Geelong Warriors 3-2 at Elcho Park on Saturday afternoon.
Two goals in a minute gave the Dinamo the early advantage despite a red card reducing the squad to ten men.
North Geelong managed to level the proceedings but not long enough to prevent their rivals from scoring again and take the three points.
Dinamo entered the match with a renewed confidence following their come-from behind draw against a full-strength Melbourne Victory.
Indeed, they started in a similar manner and played at a high intensity from the opening whistle.
Joseph Monek had the first shot of the match, yet his shot travelled straight into the opposition goalkeeper.
The strong Croatian rivalry was on full display as Rodrigo Covarrubias was the first to put his side on the score-board.
His slot home from a Matthew Cundari pass gave the visitors the all-important early advantage.
Within the space of a minute, the Saints had doubled their lead via a Cundari strike.
Seconds later, the midfielder received a straight red card following alleged sledging towards an opposition player.
Despite being reduced to ten men, Dinamo managed to maintain a sense of calm on all areas of the pitch.
North Geelong managed to curb the deficit to a goal after scoring several minutes prior to half-time.
The second term began with a few sporadic shots from the hosts, yet it was the visitors whom were given the chance to further strengthen their lead.
An awarded penalty was missed by Covarrubias much to the relief of the hosts.
As the match progressed, the physicality and animosity increased with a hefty challenge on Daniel Slovacek resulting in two yellow cards.
While both teams challenged every ball, it was the Warriors whom scored their second of the match to equalise; in the hope of securing a draw from the tie.
However, in true Dinamo fashion, the Saints again took the lead seconds later and in doing so, secured the three points for the visitors.
The Saints remain in first position in the NPL2 West ahead of the FFA Cup break.