By Roanna Sanelli
Photo: Dion Fountas
The St Albans Saints secured a crucial one nil victory against the Moreland Zebras at Churchill Reserve
on Sunday afternoon.
It was a positive Dinamo that entered the fixture following it’s one nil win against the Melbourne
They sought to repeat the result against the Zebras to stay in contention for a play-off position.
Coach Kruni Razov decided to bolster his forward line by creating the partnership of Juso
Julardzija and Rodrigo Covarrubias.
Despite the opening tensions, it was the hosts whom initiated early pressure.
The visitors demonstrated their speed on the wings yet the Saints were quick to trackback to defence
as well as get into formation.
However, it was a misjudged header by Ben Shaper which gave the Zebras their first chance of the
match which narrowly missed the face of goal.
Moreland tried to keep plays short, precise and quick as they attempted to continually exploit the Dinamo defence.
Yet, it was the Dominic Falla who put his side into the lead as he slotted home a Julardzija pass.
However, the goal did not dampen the spirits of the visitors as they posed an aerial threat to for
The second term was marked by a number of Dinamo scoring opportunities including a close
Moreland continued to use their speed on the pitch in an attempt to restrict the movement of
the Saints whom began to pay in a narrow and compact manner.
Yet it was Dinamo whom had the momentum with several chances going astray including a
miss-timed sliding shot by Matthew Cundari.
The visitors’ pace allowed them to transition easily with minimal pressure from their opponents.
Indeed, the Zebras came close to scoring with two separate attempts travelling over the crossbar
but it was not enough to prevent a Saints’ victory.
The result sees Dinamo remain in second place with just two fixtures remaining of the season.
The Saints will next face Altona Magic at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon.