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Scotland claim point against Ukraine

Scotland 2

Cummings 30' Paterson 37'

Ukraine 2

Khlyobas 26' Svatok 83'
  • Friday, 13 November 2015
  • St Mirren Park
  • Under 21´s
  • UEFA Euro Qualifier

Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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Ukraine claimed a share of the spoils in a match that ended in controversial circumstances, with Dominic Hyam sent off for denying Denys Bezborodko the opportunity to win the game for the away side in injury time.
Dymtro Khlobas had put Ukraine in front before Jason Cummings and Callum Paterson had put a resurgent Scotland in the lead at the break. Oleksandr Svatok’s late equaliser was almost turned into three points had it not been for Hyam’s intervention.
With the remains of storm Abigail pouring down on St Mirren Park, the sides took to the pitch in less than ideal conditions. There were touching scenes as the Ukranian anthem was interrupted so Svatok could grab a jacket for the young mascot shivering in just a t-shirt.
The away side acclimatised quickly, Oleh Danchenko forcing Jack Hamilton into a good initial save that was bettered by his fantastic low block to deny Viktor Kovalenko on the rebound and somehow knock it wide for a corner, which came to nothing.
Scotland were riding their luck in the early stages but having withstood the early pressure they began to grow into the game. Billy King curled an effort wide when he had time and space in the box, then Bogdan Sarnavskyi made fantastic close range saves in quick succession to deny Jason Cummings and King. With Ukraine failing to clear their lines, Callum Paterson’s cross found Cummings unmarked at the back post and yet again the goalkeeper made a fantastic point blank save to prevent the opener when it looked easier for the Hibs striker to find the net.
He came agonisingly close yet again when he narrowly failed to get on the end of Paterson’s low cross while fully stretched in front of goal.
Having spurned chance after chance, Scotland were hit with a sucker punch following a defensive slip up. Vladlen Yurchenko picked up the loose ball, slipped it to Dmytro Khlobas who turned the defence inside out before powering his drive on the wet surface just under the despairing grasp of Hamilton.
The home side didn't let their heads drop however and having knocked on the door all game, Cummings finally found his way in. John McGinn’s freekick from just inside the Ukraine half was met with Cummings' looping header that dropped just under the bar to give Scotland the quick leveller.
The game was opening up now and Ukraine almost took back their lead. Kovalenko’s effort got the slightest touch off a Scotland defender, enough to put it on top of the net rather than in the top corner. Then from the resulting corner, Oleh Danchenko, at the second time of asking got his cross in and it was met by Ihor Zhurakhovskyi who glanced it just wide.
There still was a goal in this half however and it fell to Scotland. Cummings turned provider, hitting the byline and getting in a perfect low cross that was met by Paterson’s darting run to the near post and he stabbed it high into the net to give Scotland the lead at the break. A great turnaround for Ricky Sbragia’s men after a slow start.
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 2-1
  • Ukraine
The first chance of the second half fell to Ukraine, Valeri Luchkevych slipping in Dmitryo Khlobas who snatched at his effort on the turn and flashed it across goal. It was a cagey opening to the second 45, with neither side crafting much in the way of clear-cut opportunities. McKay’s good work down the left gave Liam Henderson a shot on goal with the Ukrainian ‘keeper out of position, but it was headed clear by a defender.
Scottish national sides haven’t always been known for their intricate passing moves, especially in the opponents box, but Cummings, King, and Henderson somehow contrived to overcook their attack, with Cummings and King passing up opportunities to shoot before Henderson eventually fired high and wide on the spin on the edge of the six-yard box. It was great football to get them into the position but needed someone to take responsibility and get a shot away earlier.
King danced his way into the Ukraine box again but this time Ihor Dut’s sliding tackle stopped him getting a shot away. Their opposite numbers were involved at the other end moments later with Jordan McGhee taking it off the toes of Denys Bezborodko.
Bezborodko did get a shot away shortly after from Kovalenko’s through ball but put it wide with Hamilton bearing down on him. The keeper was then scrambling across his goal to deal with Dut’s speculative 40 yard effort but it was always going high and wide.
It was a good spell for Ukraine who were beginning to get back on top and their pressure paid off as they duly found an equaliser.
After Scotland only half-cleared a corner as far as Eduard Sobol just outside the box, his long range effort took several deflections before it fell to Svatok who smashed it home while everyone around him in blue appealed for offside.
Winded, but still fighting, Scotland went in search for the winner and almost got it when Cummings, looking for his second, drifted in unmarked at the back post but blasted his shot off the crossbar from a tight angle.
Another spell of pressure proved fruitless for Scotland and they were almost undone on the counter attack, Kovalenko releasing Luchkevych who squared to Bezborodko only for him to put it wide with the goal gaping.
Controversy struck in injury time as, with the weather conditions worsening and the game stretched, a quick Ukraine counter-attack drew Hamilton out of his goal in a bid to intercept the through ball. However, he wildly misjudged it and was left in no-man’s land with Hyam making the decision to take Bezborodko out, knowing it would be a certain red-card but just as certainly prevented his side from going behind.
The defender’s decision infuriated the Ukrainians, who knew it would cost them the game, with Oleksander Zinchenko’s subsequent free-kick hitting the top of the crossbar in the final action of the match.
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 2-2
  • Ukraine


1. Jack Hamilton
2. Callum Paterson
3. Andrew Robertson
4. Jordan McGhee
5. Stuart Findlay
6. John McGinn
7. Barrie McKay
8. John Souttar
9. Jason Cummings
10. Liam Henderson
11. Billy King
12. Ryan Fulton
14. Dominic Hyam
15. Donald Love
16. Callum McFadzean
18. Lawrence Shankland
19. Craig Slater
22. Oliver McBurnie
1. Georgiy Bushchan
3. Oleksandr Svatok
4. Ihor Duts
5. Mykyta Burda
6. Dmytro Myshnov
7. Andrii Bliznichenko
8. Oleh Danchenko
10. Vladlen Yurchenko
11. Denys Bezborodko
14. Viktor Kovalenko
15. Ihor Zhurakhovskyi
16. Denys Miroshnichenko
17. Artem Filimonov
18. Eduard Sobol
19. Oleksander Zinchenko
21. Dmytro Khlobas
22. Valerii Luchkevych
23. Bogdan Sarnavskyi
Star Player
Jason Cummings - Was Scotland's greatest goal threat, particularly in the first half where he scored and should probably have had more. Quietened in the second half but still managed to hit the cross bar.
Viktor Kovalenko - Was the creative force for Ukraine, constantly finding space to get at the Scotland back four and play in his teammates.
Magic Moment
It was a controversial split-second decision from Dominic Hyam to take out the Ukranian striker and guarantee himself an early bath, but doing so undoubtedly saved his country a point, even if you can understand the anger of the away side at his unsporting play.
Khlobas showed great skill to turn the Scotland defence inside out before firing home the opener.
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