- Narva were the heroes to end Kalju’s winning streak
- Smiško showed that he still has the skills
- Terehhov’s gamble with the players didn’t pay off
by Deni Delev
Fine springy weather in Narva for the „re-match“ between Narva Trans and Kalju Nõmme in one of the three matches played on Friday from matchday 10 of Premium Liiga. Kalju are on their way towards a new record after winning the first 9 games while Narva are still struggling for results. Could this be the turning point for Yagudin’s squad?
Both coaches opted for many changes in the starting XI. Yagudin was forced to, mainly because of the two red cards his players received last week in Tallinn, while Terehhov decided to rest some of his standard first team players.
The match started with a normal pace and none of the teams managed to establish control in midfield and hold possession for a very long time. The leaders were trying to find Neemelo in the box, but Smiško was dominant in his area. On the other side, the hosts looked very dangerous in counter attacks with Lvov causing all kinds of trouble to Galpin on the right side. In the 18th minute from one such counter attack, Lvov sent a ball inside the box towards Kilikevych. The striker skillfully let the ball go towards Barkov who scored a nice goal. As soon as Kalju started again from the center, they lost the ball. This time from the other side Jakovlev sent a ball inside the box and in a similar way Kilikevych let the ball go, this time to Smirnov who scored an excellent goal which definitely be in contention for goal of the month. 2-0 and silence among Kalju Nõmme supporters. In the 23rd minute it could have been game over after Lvov again nicely found Barkov, but this time Teleš made a good save to deny him a brace. Coach Terehhov decided that it won’t go like that so replaced the youngster Järva with Purje. Already with the first touch the Estonian international could see his name on the scoresheet but his shot was too soft to beat Smiško.
During the half time break Terehhov definitely had a lot of things to tell his players, while Yagudin could only praise them for the outstanding performance and give them few tips on how to protect their precious lead.
At the beginning of the second half Kalju pressed the home team in their half but didn’t manage to create any chances to threaten Smiško. In the 53rd chance the ball somehow ended up in Kimbaloula whose bicycle kick from 5 meters was miraculously saved by Smiško. From that moment on the chances kept coming and going. In the 60th minute Wakui’s header was saved from the line by Avdeev. 7 minutes later Kallaste, who replaced Galpin on the left side, sent a real cannon towards the goal but the bar was Smiško’s ally. In the 71st minute another attempt by Wakui but off target. 4 minutes later after some pulling in the box the referee showed towards the white spot. Narva fans might consider it a very tough call but he wouldn’t listen to their complaints. Wakui set the ball and shot in the middle, but Smiško spreaded his long legs and denied the Japanese a goal that would have brought the leaders back into the game. In the 82nd minute Purje missed another nice chance from just few meters. In the 88th minute Lindpere had the last chance, but his shot was deflected into corner. 2-0 for the hosts to end Kalju Nõmme’s winning streak. Excellent performance by the hosts and disappointing display by the leaders as Terehhov’s gamble with the players didn’t pay off.