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Clinical Ukraine ease past sorry Scots

Scotland 0

Ukraine 2

Boryachuk 45+1', Kovalenko 90+4'
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2017
  • McDairmid Park
  • Under 21´s
  • UEFA Championship Qualifying Round

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Injury time goals in either half consigned Scotland U21’s to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign. Andriy Boryachuk tapped in from close range at the end of the first half, and Viktor Kovalenko finished the game with a classy finish late on.Ross McCrorie and Dom Thomas came into the Scotland starting line-up, with Scott Wright dropping to the bench, and John Souttar missing out completely.

It was a bright start from the Scots, with Greg Taylor’s cutback being worked to Chris Cadden, who saw his effort blocked behind for a corner.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the opening stages.

Ukraine’s first sight at goal came from Olexander Zinchenko, but his pop-shot deflected harmlessly over. Scott McKenna picked up a yellow card for a foul on Artem Besedin after the half hour mark.

Ukraine took the lead right on half time, when a cross from the right took a wicked deflection off Alan Campbell, giving Andriy Boryachuk the simplest of tap-ins.

  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 0-1
  • Ukraine

Boryachuk let Scotland off the hook just after the restart when he sliced wide when clean through on goal. Scotland’s first change came 10 minutes after the break, with Ryan Williamson replacing Dom Thomas.

As the second half went on, Scotland struggled to get out of their defensive third, while Ukraine were lacking the killer instinct required to put the game to bed. This proved true when Boryachuk failed to turn in Mykola Matviyneko’s volleyed cross.

Liam Smith replaced Ryan Hardie in the hopes that the Rangers frontman could have a similar impact to that he had against Latvia four days prior. Zinchenko curled an effort over from 20 yards as Ukraine looked to wrap up the points.

Scotland’s final change saw McBurnie replaced by Scott Wright. Ryan Fulton made a fine diving save to deny Boryachuk a second as the game entered the final 15 minutes.

Wright saw a shot deflect over as Scotland looked for an equaliser. His Aberdeen teammate McKenna had a header cleared off the line, as Scotland’s search for an equaliser went on.

McKenna’s head nearly produced the equaliser when he headed back across the face of goal for Wright, but he couldn’t bundle the ball in. From this, Ukraine broke, and Viktor Kovalenko rounded off the game with a cool finish into the far corner.

  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 0-2
  • Ukraine

Lineups

Scotland
Ukraine
1. Ryan Fulton
2. Liam Smith/BR> 3. Greg Taylor
4. John Souttar
5. Scott McKenna
6. Jason Kerr
8. Oli McBurnie
9. Ryan Hardie
10. Lewis Morgan
11. Scott Wright
12. John Ruddy
13. Ryan Williamson
14. Stephen Mallan
15. Dom Thomas
16. Greg Docherty
17. Chris Cadden
19. Theo Archibald
20. Ross McCrorie
22. Allan Campbell
23. Andriy Lunin
1. Dmytro Bezruk
2. Pavlo Lukyanchuk
3. Mykola Matviyenko
5. Oleksii Gutsuliak
6. Oleksander Tymchyk
9. Andiry Boryachuk
10. Viktor Kovalenko
11. Volodymyr Shepeliev
13. Ivan Zotko
15. Bogdan Mykhaylicheko
17. Olexander Zinchenko
18. Stanislav Bilenkyi
19. Maxym Tretyakov
20. Oleksander Pikhalonok
21. Artem Besedin
22. Valeriy Luchkevych
Star Player
Scotland
Ukraine
Ross McCrorie - Looked solid in the centre of the defence and used the ball well. Solid if unspectacular.
Viktor Kovalenko - The Shakhtar starlet looked a cut above the other 21 players on the park. Some really nice touches, and a classy finish to wrap up the points. Looks like a top player in the making.
Magic Moment
Scotland
Ukraine
McKenna's Header - The closest Scotland came all night to breaching the Ukrainian backline.
Kovalenko's Goal - A neat goal that capped off a fine performance.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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