By Roanna Sanelli
Photo: Dion Fountas
The St Albans Saints have defeated the Melbourne Victory youth one nil at Churchill Reserve on Sunday
Dinamo were in high spirits despite their loss to Melbourne City in the previous round as Rodrigo
Covarrubias returned to his forward position.
Their academy opponents were again a collectively younger cohort and posed a threat on the flanks
with their speed.
Despite their pace at moving the ball from side to side, it was the hosts whom had the forward
momentum and had a number of scoring opportunities.
Indeed, it was Hernan Espindola whom came close to capitalizing for the hosts when his strike travelled
into the arms of the opposition goalkeeper.
Dinamo’s eagerness at times appeared as though play was being rushed yet they continued to create shots
on goal with Dominic Falla’s chance brushing past the right post.
Yet it was Victory that had the best opportunity of the half when a header rebounded off the inside of
the bar and was cleared off the line by the Saints’ defence.
However, Dinamo did not enter the break unscathed with defender Antonio Barbaro being stretchered
off the pitch after injuring his left knee.
Despite the misfortune, the Saints continued their momentum from the first term.
Their efforts were soon rewarded when Midfielder Stefan Baricevic’s corner travelled directly into the
back of the net.
Melbourne Victory attempted to break on the counter attack yet their final balls were lacking partially
due to the sustained Dinamo pressure.
The final whistle marked a necessary win for the Saints as they remain in contention for the play-off position.
Dinamo will next face the Moreland Zebras in a fortnight’s time.