U21. Hoverla 1-3 Shakhtar

In a match of the 16th round, Shakhtar U21 played an away game with Hoverla Uzhgorod.

FIFA U21. 16th round. November 29, 2015. Kamenyts. STK Kamelot. 3C

Hoverla U21 (Uzhgorod) - Shakhtar U21 (Donetsk) - 1:3 (1:1)

Goals: 0:1 Lisachenko (13, own goal), 1:1 Gay (24), 1:2 Kacharaba (56), 1:3 Boyarchuk (87)

Hoverla: Pogorilyak, Kotyo (c), Lisachenko, Bilyi, Omelchenko, Toma, Pytel (Bako, 67), J. Rusin (Kovach, 88), Gay, Khomenko (Kovchar, 80), Dobrovolskyy

Substitutes: Cherepko, Pinkovskiy, Rogachev

Head coach: Vyacheslav Pinkovskiy

Shakhtar: Gritsenko, Sagaidak, Bezuglyi, Kacharaba, Matvienko, Shyshka (c), Korobenko, Arabidze (Boyarchuk, 46), Zubkov (Adamenko, 82), Gorbunov, Gryn (Gabelok, 63)

Substitutes: Kudrik, Kiryukhantsev, Sagutkin, Kuksenko

Head coach: Miguel Cardoso
Coaches: Anatoly Skirchuk, Igor Duljaj

Referee: Vitaliy Romanov (Dnipropetrovsk)

Booked: Bezuglyi (22), Khomenko (55), Gay (59), Boyarchuk (77)

First half

First, the teams were adapting to a quick pitch. The first goal-scoring chance came on 10 minutes, when Gryn struck goal wards following a Matvienko cross – the hosts’ goalkeeper managed to catch the ball at bottom corner. Late on, the scoring was opened: after a Vasyl Sagaidak throw-in, Gryn challenged for the ball in air against the defender, the goalkeeper was disorientated after the ball bounced, which led to an own goal. The Pitmen tried to extend their lead, but unexpectedly conceded a goal. Shakhtar’s goalkeeper Yevhen Gritsenko tried to keep the ball in play, but Gay seized on the situation to make 1-1.

The Pitmen attacked a lot, often taking shots from outside the penalty area. There were a plenty of chances, but the goal would not come. In the first half, the scoreline remained unchanged, and during a half time break the Pitmen’s coaching staff made one substitution fielding Boryachuk in place of Arabidze.

Second half

After the break, the Pitmen improved their movement, starting to create even more chances. On 56 minutes, Taras Kacharaba joined the attack during a set piece to score a goal: the Pitmen’s defender capitalized on the rebound to make it 1-2. After that, the Pitmen were operating in a calmer manner, they possessed the ball longer and thoroughly prepared their attacking moves. However, it took time for clear chances to arrive, and the Uzhgorod side tried to streamline counterattacks.

In the closing stages of the game, Mykyta Adamenko, who had been recovering from injury since March, took to the pitch. His energy gave Shakhtar’s attacks more power and not long before the final whistle the Donetsk team wrapped the game up. Serhiy Gorbunov drilled a cross into the penalty area from the left for Boryachuk to receive the ball before firing a left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-3. It was the 16th goal of the top scorer in 14 league matches.

Thus, Miguel Cardoso’s team claimed another win to lead the race in the table with 37 points. The Pitmen will play their final game of the  league’s Autumn part on 2 December in Schaslyve against Karpaty.

First half

First, the teams were adapting to a quick pitch. The first goal-scoring chance came on 10 minutes, when Gryn struck goal wards following a Matvienko cross – the hosts’ goalkeeper managed to catch the ball at bottom corner. Late on, the scoring was opened: after a Vasyl Sagaidak throw-in, Gryn challenged for the ball in air against the defender, the goalkeeper was disorientated after the ball bounced, which led to an own goal. The Pitmen tried to extend their lead, but unexpectedly conceded a goal. Shakhtar’s goalkeeper Yevhen Gritsenko tried to keep the ball in play, but Gay seized on the situation to make 1-1.

The Pitmen attacked a lot, often taking shots from outside the penalty area. There were a plenty of chances, but the goal would not come. In the first half, the scoreline remained unchanged, and during a half time break the Pitmen’s coaching staff made one substitution fielding Boryachuk in place of Arabidze.

Second half

After the break, the Pitmen improved their movement, starting to create even more chances. On 56 minutes, Taras Kacharaba joined the attack during a set piece to score a goal: the Pitmen’s defender capitalized on the rebound to make it 1-2. After that, the Pitmen were operating in a calmer manner, they possessed the ball longer and thoroughly prepared their attacking moves. However, it took time for clear chances to arrive, and the Uzhgorod side tried to streamline counterattacks.

In the closing stages of the game, Mykyta Adamenko, who had been recovering from injury since March, took to the pitch. His energy gave Shakhtar’s attacks more power and not long before the final whistle the Donetsk team wrapped the game up. Serhiy Gorbunov drilled a cross into the penalty area from the left for Boryachuk to receive the ball before firing a left-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-3. It was the 16th goal of the top scorer in 14 league matches.

Thus, Miguel Cardoso’s team claimed another win to lead the race in the table with 37 points. The Pitmen will play their final game of the  league’s Autumn part on 2 December in Schaslyve against Karpaty.

Miguel Cardoso, Shakhtar U21 head coach:

- It was a tough match as we faced the team, who played defensive football. We knew that it would be the case. Plus the pitch was very narrow, which allowed the opponents to operate in a more compact manner. For us, of course, it was difficult to find space. Perhaps, Hoverla’s goal was the only situation when the ball reached our penalty area. We, in turn, had a lot of chances to seal a win as early as in the first half. During the half time break, I asked the boys to show character, to gear up and believe in a positive result. Our team kept on creating dangerous chances and eventually converted them into goals. I would like to congratulate the guys on the victory. It was an uneasy game on a difficult pitch. The players really showed their mettle.