U21. Shakhtar vs Hoverla: match preview
On Friday, in the 3rd round of the Ukrainian League among U21 teams, the Pitmen are to receive their Hoverla counterparts. We are inviting you to read the match preview.
July 31, Schaslyve, Knyazha Arena stadium, 16:00
At the start of the season, Shakhtar U21 defeated Oleksadriya (1-0) and Volyn (2-0). The team of Miguel Cardoso, along with the reserve teams of Vorskla and Zorya, have picked up the maximum points, and the Pitmen’s goalkeeper Yevhen Hrytsenko has secured clean sheets.
The reserve team of Hoverla sprang a real surprise in the 1st round, having claimed a 2-1 home win at last season's champions Dnipro U21. The Uzhhorod side also played the following game at home, suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Vorskla. Last season, Hoverla U21 team claimed the 12th spot among the 14 participants, which became the Transcarpathian team’s best achievement in the competition.
Referee - Ihor Paskhal (Kherson)
Assistant referees - Semen Shlonchak (Cherkasy), Maryna Streletska (Sumy)
Fourth official - Volodymyr Novokhatnyi (Kyiv)
Referee observer - Anatoliy Kutsev (Kyiv)
Shakhtar first team players Mykola Matviienko and Sergiy Gryn played both U21 league games without being substituted, with Gryn scoring a goal in each meeting and earning a penalty in Lutsk which was converted by Andriy Boryachuk. In the home match against Oleksandriya, the Pitmen’s reserve team also involved the first team players Ismaily and Facundo Ferreyra.
Despite the low performance figures in the competition, Hoverla reserve team often take points away from the leaders. We have mentioned the victory over Dnipro above, while last season the Uzhhorod side stood in the game vs Dynamo (2-2), claiming an away win at Chornomorets (2- 1). But Hoverla caused Miguel Cardoso’s side no problems. In early December, in Poltava, at 14C below zero, the Pitmen thrashed the Transcarpathian team 8-1 (with Boryachuk claiming a hat trick). And on May 9, in Uzhhorod, the Donetsk side extended their goal galore by winning 7-0 (with hat tricks scored by Artur Zahorulko and Denys Bezborodko).