By Roanna Sanelli

The St Albans Saints played out a nil all draw against Heidelberg United at the Olympic Village on Saturday evening.

After a demoralising defeat at the hands of Hume City, Dinamo were adamant to highlight their competitive nature in the upcoming fixtures beginning with the Warriors.

Yet the task of overcoming a Heidelberg outfit at their home ground is by no means an easy job, despite a one nil loss to Avondale at the Olympic Village the week prior.

Indeed, the hosts were alert and reactive in the opening exchanges with the Saints initially slow to find their feet.

However, it was Matthew Cundari whom had the first shot on goal for the visitors with his strike travelling over the crossbar.

Dinamo continued to find creative rhythm and get into excellent positions on the pitch, working the ball tirelessly through the hosts’ defences.

The improved on-pitch communication within the Dinamo squad saw the visitors have several scoring opportunities.

Heidelberg forward Kenny Athiu was an ever-present threat for the Saints’ defence as the physicality from both sides increased as the half progressed.

Due to the mounting pressure near goal, the hosts were awarded a penalty following a handball in the area.

Yet the excitement of the prospect of a breakthrough was short-lived with goalkeeper Chris May saving the penalty strike while keeping the scores deadlocked.

Prior to the break, Antonio Barbaro and Jean Carlos Solorzano were both substituted off with what appeared to be suspected minor injuries.

Dinamo’s forward momentum continued in the second despite several long balls coming into play.

Indeed, there was a lessened sense of creativity with Heidelberg pressing forward on any given chance with Athiu having several shots on goal.

Despite the plethora of chances, the hosts could not convert as both sides collected a point.

Coach Kruni Razov’s men will be hoping for another positive result when they face Pascoe Vale at Churchill Reserve on Sunday.

 

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