Great way to end the season
Kairat players guaranteed gold medals three rounds before the end of championship, so they were ranked champions as they faced Irtysh on Monday.
Kairat U-21: Vladimir Groshev (GK, C), Rifat Nurmugamet, Madiyar Raimbek, Aibol Abiken, Sulimzhan Bakiyev, Eskendir Kybyray, Islam Iminov, Alexander Starodubov, Pavel Kriventsev, Ernar Kydyrali, Nurzhigit Smatov.
Irtysh U-21: Vadim Butenko (GK), Temir Baysufinov, Jamil Bisembayev Yuri Golofast (C), Batyr Kudayberdinov, Madiyar Ramazanov, Arman Smailov, Islam Abidov, Birjan Sagyndyk, Nursultan Alibekov.
The decision was made to host the game at Almaty Central Stadium. Playing at the main stadium was a deserved gift for youngsters. It was great to see our supporters on the stadium who came to cheer for U-21 team.
Constantly driven forward by the stands Kairat were active in first minutes of the match. Kairat was constantly attacking, but away team goalkeeper Butenko was solid. In the first half Kriventsev was the main threat for the opposition, who halfway through the first half found himself in front of goals but Butenko removed the danger.
Only on the 40th minute Kairat found the way through the Irtysh' defence. Raimbek received the ball from Kybyraya on the wing and found Starodubov in the box, Alexander did not hesitate, perfect one-touch finish - 1:0.
Just a few minutes after Kairat were on the break through, Raimbek's passed the ball to Smatov who turned and put the ball into the net - 2:0.
We have to give it to Irtysh who did not sit back and pulled one back before the break. A lay-off was well finished by Smailov outside the box - 2:1.
In the second half Kairat continued to dominate and secured the advantage on the 58th minute. Nurmugamet received the ball in the opponent's half and decided to take a long-range shot. The ball ends up in the bottom right corner - 3:1. Has to be noted that this was not his first attempt to strike from a distance in today's match.
The final outcome of the game was set quite early. Smatov won the ball on the edge of the penalty box and decided to chip the goalkeeper who came out a bit too far - 4:1. Nurzhigit could easily be on the scoresheet again - Soltan hit the post and Smatov was there to finish, but the referee waved his hands. According to the him the ball did not cross the goal line.
Kairat players got a comfortable win in the final home game and on a high morale going into the remaining games against Aktobe and Okzhetpes.