U21. Vorskla vs Shakhtar: match preview

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Shakhtar are opening the new Ukrainian U21 League season with an away game vs Vorskla. We bring you the match preview

July 17, Poltava, Ltava stadium, 17:00

Before the match

Last league’s silver medalists have significantly refreshed the team squad. The training camp in Schaslyve led by Valeriy Kryventsov has been attended by the players who played for Shakhtar U19 team last season. No deals have been signed with any of the numerous players attending the trials, but signings may still take place before the end of the transfer period.

The Orange-and-Blacks approach the meeting with Vorskla in optimum form and in a good mood. In the last friendly before the season start, the Donetsk team defeated Cherkasy-based Dnipro representing the First League (1-0).

Referee – Ivan Bondar (Kyiv)
Assistant referees – Maksym Chos, Leonid Yarmolynskyi (both from Kyiv)
Fourth official – Andrii Kovalenko (Poltava)
Referee observer – Vitalii Hodulyan (Odesa)

Opponents

According to the 2016/17 season outcome, Vorskla finished 8th in the U21 league, ranking among the top three sides just two years ago. This said, the Poltava players showcased a habitually reliable defensive performance: only the leading duo conceded less goals.

This summer, a number of changes were made in the white-and-green squad. According to the head coach Oleksandr Omelchuk, after returning from vacation, eight players conducted a training camp together with the first team, with four U19 players being tried for the reserve team. The U21 team played their most recent game vs PFC Sumy, beating the First League reps 3-1. Zosenko scored a goal and Sydorenko grabbed a brace for Poltava.
Last season, the rivals exchanged away victories. In the first round in Poltava, Shakhtar proved stronger, while in the February game in Schaslyve the Lady Luck shone on Vorskla
Head-to-head record

Within the Ukrainian championships among U21 and reserve teams, Shakhtar and Vorskla met 25 times: 13 Shakhtar wins, 8 Poltava wins, and 4 draws. The goal difference is 54-39 in favour of the Orange-and-Black team.

Last season, the rivals exchanged away victories. In the first round in Poltava, Shakhtar proved stronger – 3-1 (Boriachuk – 2, Adamenko, Sharylo), while in the February game in Schaslyve the Lady Luck shone on Vorskla – 0-1 (Ichanskyi).

Interesting facts

The match will be refereed by the team of officials led by Ivan Bondar, which worked at the previous meeting between the respective U21 sides.

The Donetsk side finished the past season with six consecutive wins, with the winning streak going on. In turn, the Poltava players have not suffered a single home defeat since December 2016, not conceding a single goal in the last four home games.