U21. Chornomorets v Shakhtar: match preview
Thursday, July 28, 2016
In the 2nd round of the U21 Ukrainian League, Shakhtar will play Chornomorets away. We bring you the match preview
Before the match
Shakhtar and Chornomorets started the season with opposite results. The Pitmen marked the debut of their new head coach Valeriy Kryventsov by thrashing Zirka (6-0). The Sailors in the first round fought with Poltava-based Vorskla, but still suffered a narrow defeat (1-2). The only goal was scored by Dmytro Mykhailychenko.
Referee – Serhiy Berezka (Kyiv oblast)
Assistant referees – Oleksandr Pavlinov (Odesa), Dmytro Kozorezov (Odesa)
Fourth official – Maksym Ponomarenko (Odesa)
Referee observer – Yaroslav Hrysio (Lviv)
Chornomorets ranked eighth in the U21 championship last season, the team's top scorer with 8 goals is Mykhailo Popov. The Odessans significantly renewed the team squad in the summer, bringing in more players born in 1998 and 1999. The coach remained the same. The renowned representative of Odesa football school Henadiy Nizhegorodov works with Chornomorets U21 and U19 teams.
In the U21 premiership, the teams had 22 meetings. Shakhtar claimed 12 wins, Chornomorets had 4 victories, another 6 games ended in a draw. The goal difference is 44-30 in favour of the Pitmen.
In the 2015/16 season, both games were won by Shakhtar. In Schaslyve, the Orange-Blacks conceded two goals in the first half, but still snatched a 3-2 win (goals: Bezuglyi, Boriachuk, Kacharaba – Serdenyuk, Novikov). And on 22 April 2016, the teams met on the field of Chornomorets. In the first half the opponents exchanged early goals, but after the break the Donetsk team scored three unanswered goals. The scoreline is 1-4 (Goals: Varenyk - Arabidze, Boriachuk, Ivanov, Kiryukhantsev).
In the recent ten games, the Pitmen claimed 9 wins (4 major ones).
Photo courtesy of FC Chornomorets