17.56 FULL TIME: Tyumen 1-1 Sokol.
In the end, a fairly turgid affair ends all square, although Tyumen shaded the best chances and will be gutted to let those three points slip. Andy McNab; “I got in for free, but I still feel ripped off.” Oh well, not everyone can have a 13-year-old Dembele to entertain. Until next time, see you then!
17.53 Into injury time, and Tyumen are still pushing. Klenkin hits a very ambitious effort from a direct free kick 30 yards out, keeper collects comfortably after a bounce in front of him. Three minutes of added time…
17.50 GOAL! Disaster for Tyumen… Kamalutdin Akhmedov can only watch on as his stretched leg diverts a dangerous cross into his own net to draw the score level. Agonising to concede so late in a tight game. Tyumen 1-1 Sokol, 3 minutes to go.
17.46 Ryabokobylenko is on as a substitute – comes highly recommended by @vostok1981. A couple of ok passes so far.
17.41 Ten minutes left, cramp might start playing a part – genuine or tactical – and Sokol haven’t shown a thing for a while. Which probably means they’ll strike… Four on three counter sparked by Mamtov’s brilliant turn, but Pavelnko’s ball to Klenkin is left for Mamtov, with the defence able to clear easily. Trying to be a bit too clever there Klenkin.
17.38 Sokol’s players are getting frustrated by the referee’s decisions, and they may have a point, so the man in pink (very manly pink) books the latest player to voice his disagreement.
17.33 GOAL!!!! Ivan Chudin flicks in Pavlenko’s deep free kick, sneaks in the bottom corner. Finally a breakthrough, and with only 20 minutes left it could be crucial.
17.28 Two penalty appeals, one at either end; first Mamtov turns his marker on the due of the box and is tripped inside, but nothing given to the captain’s frustration. A few minutes later, Big Blonde Lad is taken out but is harshly booked for diving. Hang on, free kick to Tyumen…
17.24 Excitement! We have some excitement! The best chance of the game falls to Chukanov after Klenkin intelligently waits for the right ball, feeds the youngster, and after some brilliant footwork in tight space he hits a firm effort from around the penalty spot, but the keeper was equal to it.
17.15 Much like the first half, the second has started with the opposite of a bang – a whimper more like. The faintest of whiffs of a hint of a chance as the big lad (no programs left, sorry again) holds off Guz before theatrically falling into Tyumen’s centre back. It’s one of those “I’ve seen them given”, despite being correctly waved away this time.
Expert analysis time. Johnny McKenna, South West of Ireland Russian Football Expert: “I’m very glad the first half is over.” Andrew McNab, President of the Tyumen Celtic Supporters Club* (sort of): “I don’t want to be associated with this match.” Right, if that doesn’t whet your appetite for the second half, I don’t know what will…
HALF TIME: Tyumen 0-0 Sokol.
Ok, I lied, it’s not been a classic… As with many matches at this level at this time of year, the opening quarter of an hour was entirely forgettable, and aside from some late heart-stopping flashes of danger from Sokol neither goal has been greatly troubled. Pavlenko has been strangely quiet out wide for Tyumen, and the lack of his pace and direct dribbling has been sorely missed. If any, Pavel Shakuro and Andrea Chukanov have been bright performers in periods, but a lot more is required from Andrey Ivchenko and his men after the break.
16.46 Like all classic bouts, the challengers is getting a second wind. Sokol’s number ten meets a dangerous cross on the half volley six yards out but spurns it wide of the post. Visitors definitely finishing the half on the front foot.
16.39 Hopeful shot drifts wide from Sokol right winger (apologies, haven’t got hold of a program yet, Sokol names hopefully in second half…); moments later the big blonde lad up front breaks forward in a two on two counter, cuts inside Guz with a smart turn of pace and curls an agonising effort a whisker wide. Two more chances for the visitors…
16.32 First sighting from Sokol down the right flank saw some neat triangles engineer a 3 on 2, and although it broke down under good pressure from Dmitry Guz it was a timely reminder that for all the pressure Tyumen are steadily building they can’t rest easy. Moments later Pavel Shakuro is hounded by his opposite man, but after some decent support from Pavlenko and Ivan Chudin, a deft flick from Danil Klenkin sets off a counter. Ran out of steam though.
16.24 Alexey Pustozerov gets to the byline but his cutback to Mamtov is cut out. Not a golden chance but yet another half glimmer for Tyumen.
16.20 Ooo Andrey Shlyapkin, what a mazy dribble! Tyumen’s right back dances across the Sokol defence (if you’d seen him play you’d realise how momentous an occasion that is…) and his shot is deflected wide. Andrey Pavlenko skins his marker from the corner, but danger cleared. Slowly building pressure.
16.17 Andrea Chukanov is looking lively on the left flank, getting stuck into his defensive duties with gusto despite being a slight little fella. Half Russian half Italian former Lokomotiv Moscow youth product you know…
16.14 Well not much to report from the first ten minutes here I’m afraid. Khasan Mamtov’s turn and blocked shot is about the closest we’ve come to any danger, which doesn’t bode well. Still early days though.
Welcome back my loyal readers – here we are at the Geolog Stadium for an absolute cracker of a FNL lower-mid table slugfest. He hosts are sitting pretty in 10th place, but Sokol are only just above the relegation zone. Strap yourselves in, here we go…