Josip Hercog

The St Albans Saints were on the road in Round Ten as they visited La Trobe University (Albury-Wodonga) to face Murray United. A David Stojić effort and an own goal decided the contest, as the Saints’ ran away with a two-nil win.

An inspired beginning from the visitors forced United’s goalkeeper Abdulkerim Koc to be tested on several occasions.

The visitors’ first opportunity came in the 18th minute as a 45-yard effort from Zac Walker was tipped over the crossbar by Robert Santilli. At that point, the Saints’ had already had four efforts saved by Koc.

Joseph Monek was picked out by Marko Bagarić in the 26th minute and the winger tried his luck with a header that struck the crossbar, to the groans of the away support. 90 seconds later a massive scramble in the box saw Koc come out on top as the Saints’ pushed the opener.

As the match was heading into the final few minutes of the first-half, a long ball from Santilli made its way all the way past United’s central defenders. Stojić was present to pick up the scraps as the midfielder found the back of the net with ease.

The halftime stats showed a clear dominance as the Saints accumulated seven shots in the first-half compared to United’s one.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to double their lead however, as a 48th minute cross was headed into the goal by United’s Ryan Giles. Thanks to the pressure by Monek, Giles’ task to clear was made difficult resulting in the own goal.

The Saints enjoyed most of the ball for majority of the contest and proved why they are at the North of the standings as they managed to complete the task at hand.

It’s a fair result for the visitors who deserved the three points, however, should’ve netted a few more times and put the game to bed earlier.

There were no bookings in the contest until the final minute of the regular 90 as a mid-pitch scramble resulted in Deji Omoboye seeing yellow as well as United’s Halil Gur.

Round 11 will see the Saints away once again with a much closer trip this time around, as they prepare to face Melbourne Victory Youth at Epping Stadium. The venue where the Saints prevailed against Whittlesea United in Round One. Kick-off for Sunday’s battle is scheduled for 15:00.

ALERT: FFA Cup Round Five clash against Eastern Lions has been confirmed and scheduled for Wednesday, 08 May at Knights Stadium with kick-off set for 19:45.

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