DUFL: on the eve of winter break

In the DUFL, 7 November, the Pitmen U14 and U16 entertained their peers from UFK Dnipropetrovsk, and on 8 November, Shakhtar U15 and U17 faced the Dnipropetrovsk side away from home.

The game involving younger teams proved to be tense. The opponents defended almost faultlessly and did not give the Pitmen chances to struck goal wards. The Pitmen created only few chances during the first half: in one of the episodes Roman Shysh missed the target from a good position, in the other episode Abdula Abdulaev came inside the penalty area before deciding to skip past the remaining defenders, but lost the ball. In the second half, the Pitmen started operated more energetically in the attacking third, which led to a number of dangerous chances. But they managed to seize on only one of them. Abdulaev skipped past the opposition defenders thanks to individual craft before planting the ball into the corner of the net.

Shakhtar U14 head coach Andriy Zabolotnyi has reflected on the game:

- We knew that the opponents thoroughly gear up for the group leaders, so we were getting ready for a tough game. UFK have players of the high level. But maybe we failed to convey everything to the boys. It especially concerns the first half: not everything, what we had planned out, worked out. We made many errors during passing, there were tactical errors too. In the second half, the team pulled together, held a good 30-minute segment. We created many chances, but the ball just did not cross the goal line. It seemed that we could lose points for the first time this season, but Abdulaev came to the rescue. Our coaching staff thanked the boys for the autumn part of the championship and responsible attitude towards a training process.

Shakhtar U14 (Donetsk) - UFK U14 (Dnipropetrovsk) – 1:0 (0:0)

Goal: Abdullaev (47)

Shakhtar U14: Turbaevskyy, Potalov, Shysh, Avdeyev, Alizadekh (Zaitsev, 31), Maslov (Kobzar, 45), Kobylyanskyy, Savchenko (Tkachenko, 50), Gladkovsky (Kurtsev, 31), Abdullayev, Umanets

Head coach: Igor Leonov
Coach: Andriy Zabolotnyi

In the older group, the Pitmen played two completely different halves. In the first half of the game, the Pitmen created a number of dangerous chances, but failed to capitalize on them. On 17 minutes, the opposition defender brought down Artyom Nazarenko inside his own penalty area. Ivan Drozdov took a penalty kick, but UFK’s goalkeeper parried away that shot. The teams went into the break failing to open the scoring. The crucial moment took place in the beginning of the second half. Andriy Apanchuk found space thanks to his individual actions to put his team in front. Ten minutes later Drozdov found himself spearheading the Pitmen’s attack to score his goal in this encounter. The opponents were not going to give up and soon brought intrigue back into the game, pulling one goal back. But Shakhtar continued to go forward, cementing their lead. Within a pace of one minute, Bogdan Pribluda, who came on as a sub, sealed his brace, and then it was Drozdov who netted his second goal of the game. The Pitmen scored two goals in the very end of the game thanks to Pavlo Koryakin and Bogdan Pribluda.

- The match proved to be nervous, so all the boys wanted to go into the winter break on a high note, - Shakhtar U16 head coach Gennadiy Zubov has reflected on the game. – We took the lead only after the break, Apanchuk’s goal gave us extra energy and necessary emotions. Pribluda had a good game, the majority of attacks were going through him. Overall, in the second half, the team played well in the attacking third, controlled the ball, hence such a result.

Shakhtar U16 (Donetsk) - UFK U16 (Dnipropetrovsk) - 7:1 (0:0)

Goals for Shakhtar: Apanchuk (42), Drozdov (52), Pribluda (63), Pribluda (64), Drozdov (66), Koryakin (69), Pribluda (70)
Missed penalty: Drozdov (17, goalkeeper)

Shakhtar U16: Gurskyy (Rumyantsev, 70), Koryakin, Bilokur, Dobrokhotov, Chmyryov (Shushko, 41), Nazarenko, Apanchuk (Prokopchuk, 70), Lesko (Taloverov 69), Drozdov (Vishnyakov, 74), Maksimenko (Litovchenko, 69), Vyachistyi (Pribluda 41)

Head coach: Gennadiy Zubov
Coach: Oleksandr Alimov

In the match with UFK U15, Shakhtar conceded a goal in the first minutes of the match. The hosts, who seized on the Pitmen’s error in defence, opened the scoring. But the Pitmen’s equalizer was not long in coming. On 6 minutes, Olexiy Sidorov bore down on goal after a through pass from Dmytro Kharchenko to beat the opposition goalkeeper and send the ball into the back of the net.  Midway through the half Deyan Fedoruk put Shakhtar in front with a free kick shot. But the opponents did not just sit in defence and equalized a minute from the half time whistle. The second half was rich in a lot of challenges in the centre of the pitch and a lack goal scoring opportunities. As a result, the teams played out a draw, claiming one point.

- The team, frankly speaking, failed the game, Shakhtar U15 head coach Oleksandr Ladeyko.  – They did not follow the pre-match instructions, there was certain underestimation of the opponents. It is obvious that many thought that there was no need in doing their best, to get desired result. We lacked speed, individual actions, lost in individual battles. We failed to regroup in the second half, hence the unsatisfactory result. We will analyse the errors. I think it will be a good rehearsal for the Dynamo match.

UFK U15 (Dnipropetrovsk) - Shakhtar U15 (Donetsk) - 2:2 (2:2)

Goals for Shakhtar: Sidorov (6), Fedoruk (17)
Shakhtar U15: Trubin, Biblik, Kharchenko (Babenko, 36), Snisar, Prokha, Bodnya, Fedoruk, Pelipak (Dubko, 36), Morozov (Dyakov, 60), Zorilo (Golik, 24), Sidorov

Head coach: Oleksandr Ladeyko
Coach: Oscar Ratulutra

The Pitmen’s older team managed to quickly convert their dominance in attack into goals. Oleksiy Kaschuk headed in a cross to the far post. After conceding a goal, the opponents still played defensive football. To carve the opposition defence open, Shakhtar needed 25 minutes. Andriy Kravchuk extended his team’s lead with an accurate shot. In literally next attack Valeriy Rudakov’s charges extended their lead thanks to efforts from Vladislav Kuzmenko. Two minutes later Yuriy Mate got on the scoresheet, netting a goal. In the closing stage of the first half, Kaschuk darted into the penalty area but was brought down by the defender. Olexiy confidently converted a penalty kick to make it 0-5. After the break, the Pitmen continued to totally dominate proceedings and went on to score two more goals. On 54 minutes, Kaschuk sealed his hat trick, and a little later it was Dmytro Bodnaruk who found the target.

- Today we managed to convert set pieces, almost all the goals were scored from them – Shakhtar U17 head coach Valeriy Rudakov has reflected on the game. – We are pleased with the result, but would like to see the boys operate more confidently in the midfield, especially ahead of the Dynamo clash. We completed the task, we took three points, now we will prepare for the important game with Dynamo Kyiv.

UFK U17 (Dnipropetrovsk) - Shakhtar U17 (Donetsk) - 0:7 (0:5)

Goals: Kashchuk (3), Kravchuk (28), Kuzmenko (32), Mate (34), Kashchuk (39, pen.), Kashchuk (54) Bodnaruk (62)

Shakhtar U17: Vertey (Khmelovskiy, 41), Konoplya, Sobolevskiy, Serdyuk, Mate, Yakovets, Kuzmenko, Gaivan, Vakulenko (Asadov, 60), Kravchuk, Andruschenko (Bodnaruk, 51)

Head coach: Valery Rudakov
Coach: Oleksandr Koval

We would like to remind you that Shakhtar U14 and U16 now have winder holidays, which will end in spring, and Shakhtar U15 and U17 will play the match with Dynamo on 14 November.