Leijer and Santalab hold Avondale on Dandenong debuts

Former Hyundai A-League stars Brendon Santalab and Adrian Leijer helped Dandenong City hold NPL Victoria leaders Avondale to a 0-0 draw away from home on Saturday afternoon.

Santalab and Leijer – who signed on at the club alongside former Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri last week – made their debuts and inspired the Endeavour Hills-based outfit to a hard-fought point.

It is arguably the club’s best result of the campaign so far, having secured just eight points from their previous 13 matches.

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Valeri did not feature on the day, but Leijer and Santalab – the latter booked in the 60th minute – made an instant impact against a side who remain four points clear at the top of the ladder.

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Santalab made his NPL Victoria debut for Dandenong on Saturday