By Roanna Sanelli
The St Albans Saints have been suffered a three one defeat at the hands of Kingston City at the Grange Reserve on Monday evening.
Dinamo were hoping to build on their good fortune after their 1-0 defeat of the Oakleigh Cannons in round seven of the competition.
Their opponents Kingston City had adapted well to the new competition, remaining undefeated at their home ground.
While the weather made for a slippery pitch, both John Lazaridis and Nick Sarbin returned for the Saints with the former slotting into the starting line-up.
The pace of the hosts would be a problem for the visitors as the hosts crowded individual players to continually contest possession.
Dinamo made their intentions clear when coming forward as well as when tracking back into defence, ensuring that moving early and getting into shape quicker was a prime focus.
After sporadic goal opportunities for both sides, it was again Matthew Cundari who gave his side the lead with a low strike past the reach of the goalkeeper amid numerous opposition defenders.
The Saints entered the break with the advantage, knowing the opening 15 minutes of the second would be crucial in defending their lead.
Yet Kingston’s equaliser came in this exact time-frame with Damian Iaconis scoring against the run of play.
Six minutes later the hosts scored their second of the evening as Sean McIlroy’s shot had a slight deflection off the boot of Lazaridis, which travelled into the back of the net.
Kingston’s second heralded a definite momentum shift with the Saints at times scrambling in the back line to keep their opponents’ attack at bay.
Dinamo had minimal attacking opportunities in the second as pressure was applied in all areas by their home side.
Iaconis secured the victory for his side with only a quarter of an hour remaining with a strike from the edge of the area.
Indeed, the Saints will go back to the drawing board to aim to get a positive result against Green Gully at Churchill Reserve on Saturday afternoon.