By Roanna Sanelli
Photo: Dion Fountas
The St Albans Saints had a resounding seven nil victory against rivals Sunshine George Cross on Sunday afternoon.
A dominating performance by Dinamo saw several opportunities converted with numerous players getting their names on the score-sheet.
In fact, not even a minute into the match and the hosts had already tested the opposition goalkeeper with Matthew Cundari’s shot from distance forcing a jumping save.
Sunshine’s immediate response was to irritate and compress the movement of the Saints.
Yet it did nothing to supress the continual attacking surges of the hosts with Hernan Espindola scoring the hosts’ first after just over ten minutes of play.
The goal heightened the intensity of Dinamo whom rarely lost possession and crowded the visitors whenever they had the ball.
Daniel Slovacek soon doubled the lead after slotting home.
While George Cross continued to have no scoring chances, the Saints persisted in their goal attempts.
Cundari capitalised on all of the forward momentum of Dinamo with a strike from distance hitting the inside of the post and landing inside the goal.
The Saints were relentless in their play and pressure with Cundari and Joseph Monek both coming close to doing so prior to the half time whistle.
Not wanting to concede any more goals, Sunshine coach Tony Ciantar made the bold move of making three half time substitutions.
Indeed, it appeared to give his squad a slight yet necessary boost as they proceeded to make their first clear cut scoring opportunity which travelled over the cross bar.
Despite Dinamo’s unsettled start to the second term, they soon found their rhythm with Cundari scoring his second of the match with a strike which travelled beyond the reach of the keeper.
Yet the Saints were caught out twice in the back by the elevated pace of their opponents, but Sunshine’s efforts did not aid their cause.
After his assistance in the first goal, striker Rodrigo Covarrubias found himself alone in the box and struck home.
Several minutes later, the hosts nearly made it six, yet the ball was saved off the line by defender George Tsiakalakis.
However, his solid defensive efforts were not enough to stop Monek from putting his name on the scoresheet after finding himself one on one with the goalkeeper and easily slotted home.
Unfortunately, the visitors were unable to prevent an imminent final goal, with substitute Juso Julardzija sealing the match for his side, adding a seventh to Dinamo’s impressive win.
The result places Dinamo in excellent stead for their clash against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.