By Roanna Sanelli
Photo: Dion Fountas Photography
The St Albans Saints have suffered a two-nil defeat to South Melbourne at Churchill Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
Despite patches of excellent football, the Saints were yet to win a match while their NPL heavyweight opponents were also out of form having lost to rivals Heidelberg United.
Injuries have mounted for Dinamo in recent weeks but Nana Yaw returned to the starting line-up for the hosts while Jean Carlos Solorzano started on the bench.
Dinamo commenced the match in an aggressive fashion, playing toe to toe with their opponents.
In fact, it was the hosts whom claimed the first scoring opportunity with Rodrigo Covarrubias finding Hernan Espindola in front of goal yet his strike travelled over the bar.
However South quickly gained momentum, coming close to taking the lead at the half hour mark.
Both sides continued to play in an aggressive manner with the visitors placing pressure on every exchange.
Several minutes later, a questionable penalty was awarded to the South following a supposed foul in the box by Dinamo defender Michael Grgic.
Milos Lujic converted from the spot to give his side the advantage going into half time.
The second term heralded a definite shift in momentum to the visitors with the hosts not communicating as well as previously.
South covered all areas and utilised their pace to create continuous runs at the Dinamo defence whom at times made small errors as a result of the pressure.
Frustration grew for the hosts yet they managed to keep South at bay despite the threat they posed from set pieces and in the air.
The visitors continued to win every second ball and attempted to intercept every Dinamo exchange.
Leigh Minopoulos secured his side’s victory with a goal from the edge of the area prior to injury time.
It was South’s first three points of the season while Dinamo continue to search for the thus far illusive first victory.
The Saints will resume their NPL duties in two weeks against the Bentleigh Greens.