UPL – Round 17 Review

Fans in Ukraine remembered the victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine
Fans in Ukraine remembered the victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine

Chornomorets secured another fine victory in this weeks tie of the round, as they won away against Vorskla.  A sole goal from Kyrylo Kavalchuk secured the points for The Sailors with a win that moves up to second place in the table.  Another organised performance and solid defensive display nullified Vorskla.  Vorskla remian in 6th place but have faded from the leading pack in recent weeks.

Shakhtar consolidated their position at the top of the UPL with a convincing victory against Sevastopol.  Shakhtar stormed out of the blocks with all four goals coming in the first half.  Taison opened the scoring before a rare goal from Dmytro Chygrynskyi made it 2:0.  Luis Adriano and Darijo Srna completed the rout with further goals in the first half.  Shakhtar played out the second half to secure a comfortable win.  They now turn their attention to their crucial Champions League tie against Real Sociedad.  Further bad news followed for Sevastopol as it was announced they are the latest Ukrainian club to be facing financial problems.  The players have not been paid recently and the clubs President is coy on his future funding of the club.

Karpaty's fans sent a political message as they look to a Ukraine in association with Europe
Karpaty’s fans sent a political message as they look to a Ukraine in association with Europe

Olexandr Gladkyi’s brace in the opening moments and the final minute secured a point for Karpaty Lviv.  In between the goals from Gladkyi, Metalurh Donetsk had equalised through Moraes and taken the lead through Bobat.  An entertaining 2:2 draw at Stadion Ukraina.

Dnipro Ultra's remembered the Holodomor
Dnipro Ultra’s remembered the Holodomor

Juande Ramos’ side secured a comfortable victory against Illichivets running out 3:1 winners at the Dnipro Arena.  Mattheus and Juliano got first half goals to put the home side in control.  Bruno Gama made it three late on before Illichivets got a consolation goal in stoppage time through Polyanskyi.

Tavriya continued improving as they stole a point with a last minute equaliser against Volyn.  Volyn raced into a 2 goal lead in the first half with goals from Memeshev and Matei, Volyn also missed a penalty in the first half which could have further increased their advantage.  Tavriya pulled a goal back through Serhiy Nazarenko, but their task was made more difficult when Marin Lubicic saw red.  The referee soon levelled procedings as Temur Partsvaniya saw red for Volyn.  Volyn then missed another penalty which could have put the game to bed, but Tavriya siezed on their good luck and equalised in stoppage time through Ruben Gomez.  The referee made it a hat trick of red cards in stoppage time as Tavriya were reduced to nine men following Prychynenko’s red.  Another point for Christopolis’ side makes survival a realistic distinct possibility.

Dynamo Ultra's remember Holodomor
Dynamo Ultra’s remember Holodomor

Dynamo Kyiv maintained winning ways with a comfortable victory over Hoverlya at the NSC Olympiyskyi.  Diermerci Mbokani opened the scoring for Blokhins side before Jermeaine Lens appeared to handle the ball into the net, the referee allowed the goal to stand and it was 2:0 to Dynamo.  Serhiy Sydorchuk then concluded the goalscoring with the goal of the game as he made it 3:0.  Sydorchuk has established himself in the Dynamo side and is thriving which even resulted in a call up to the Ukraine squad.

Metalurh Zaporizhya secured another point as they drew with Zorya.  Shturko had given the home side a lead before Boli equalised for Zorya.  Metalurh and Tavriya are now in a real battle to avoid the drop and both sides are picking up points.

Arsenal Kyiv have this week been excluded from the UPL following their financial difficulties.  No resolution could be found and their results from the competition will be annulled. This week their fixture against Metalist was cancelled.  Zorya are established in mid table but to push on they really need to win games like these.

A date has now been set for the conclusion of the Round 12 fixture between Dnipro and Metalist.  The fixture was abandoned at half time following a flood light failure at the Dnipro Arena.  Dnipro led the game 2:1 and it will now be resumed on December 4th.

Team GP W D L GF GA P
1 Shakhtar 17 12 2 3 44 14 38
2 Chornomorets 17 10 5 2 19 10 35
3 Dnipro 15 10 4 1 31 13 34
4 Metalist 15 10 4 1 29 12 34
5 Dynamo 17 10 3 4 34 18 33
6 Vorskla 17 6 8 3 25 23 26
7 Zorya 17 6 6 5 21 16 24
8 Metalurh D 17 6 5 6 24 29 23
9 Illichivets 17 6 1 10 15 20 19
10 Sevastopol 17 5 4 8 19 31 19
11 Karpaty 17 4 7 6 18 24 19
12 Volyn 17 4 5 8 16 28 17
13 Hoverla 17 4 2 11 14 25 14
14 Arsenal 13 3 1 9 10 28 10
15 Tavriya 16 2 2 12 11 28 8
16 Metalurh Z 16 1 5 10 16 27 8

Andriys Luczka FC keep control of our UPL fantasy, but with the trip to Copacabana off we need a new forfeit as the Bradford Dynamo’s resurgance gathers pace.

Команда Участник ОТ ОС
1 Luczka FC luczka 37 668
2 Kozak Army aceukrainian 23 582
3 Bradford Dynamos PChymera 38 554
4 FC Misleading Sluczka 31 530
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