Shakhtar in race for DUFL Winter Cup 2016

This winter the Football Federation of Ukraine organised the first ever DUFL Winter Cup. 33 best football teams of the country in the U16 category were divided on territorial basis. The Pitmen’s Academy were represented in this competition by two teams: Shakhtar U16 and, as exception, Shakhtar U15. Oleksandr Ladeyko’s charges faced older teams, and Gennadiy Zubov’s side played in Schaslyve.

The Pitmen’s younger team claimed two points in three games, which was not enough to reach the next stage of the competition.

04.02. Chornomorets – Shakhtar U15 – 2:0
05.02. DUSSH-11 Chornomorets – Shakhtar U15 – 1:1
06.02 Arsenal – Shakhtar U15 – 1:1

- We took part in the good competition, got valuable experience, - Shakhtar U15 Oleksandr Ladeyko has commented. – I think that in all the matches we looked decent and did not look inferior to the opponents in many components. Indeed, it was hard to engage in physical struggle with older opponents, so sometimes we made technical errors. Either way, the DUFL Winter Cup was very useful for us. In such games, the players develop and get stronger quicker. In the future, we will also try to play such games.

05.02. Shakhtar U16 – Yunist – 4:0
06.02. Shakhtar U16 – Zirka – 6:0
07.02 Shakhtar U16 – DUSSH-15 – 3:1

Shakhtar U16 won in all three games to take first place in their group.

Thus the Pitmen’s older team reach the next stage of the competition and on 13 February they will face their peers from RUFK.

– These matches, first of all, are part of preparation for the second half of the season, - Shakhtar U16 head coach Gennadiy Zubov says. – The boys proved themselves well in all three games. The 13-1 goal difference speaks for itself. Obviously, we made certain errors, we understand what we have to work on. But overall it’s clear that the team were missing football, so our morale was high. Before the competition our task was to advance from the group and we succeeded.