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Matchday 2, Paide Linnameeskond vs. Nõmme Kalju, 0-3

Chris JohnsComment

-     Kalju secure successive 3-0 wins

-     Voskoboinikov gets his second goal in as many games

-     Teles penalty save leads to another clean sheet 

Alla photos by Gertrud Alatare Photography from Paide's Facebook official Facebook page


Nõmme Kalju made it back-to-back 3-0 wins at the start of the 2015 season, with goals from Allan Kimbaloula, Vladimir Voskoboinikov and Tarmo Neemelo securing the points in victory over Paide. 

The host were given a late chance to make it 1-2, but Zahovaiko’s penalty was saved before Neemelo made it 3-0 on 90 minutes.

Paide made two changes from their 4-1 opening day defeat to Sillamäe Kalev; Kaspar Paur and the suspended Sander Sinilaid were replaced by Rasmus Tomson and Martin Ustaal, with the latter joining Kaspar Kaldoja in the centre of midfield. Tomson slotted in on the left wing, with Sander Roivassepp on the right.

Zahovaiko missed the chance to score his first goal with Paide (Getrud Alatare Photography)

Zahovaiko missed the chance to score his first goal with Paide (Getrud Alatare Photography)

Kalju began with the same starting XI that kicked off against Tammeka last week. Vladimir Voskoboinikov continued up front on his own, with Wakui providing support in the trequartista roles, and Ats Purje and Allan Kimbaloula giving them width. Alo Bärengrub had to be content with a place on the bench again, with Nicolas Galpin continuing at left back and Ken Kallaste remaining in the heart of the defence.

The match kicked off in bright sunshine, with the pitch lightly covered by an icy film and the wind blowing through the surrounding trees, providing a fitting metaphor for the opening exchanges. 

While Paide struggled to get any heat into their rhythm, Kalju’s early pace allowed them to take the lead after just 6 minutes. Good work by Vladimir Voskoboinikov on the left of the box saw him outmuscle Ats Sillaste, before hitting a low cross in to the centre. Martin Ustaal couldn’t get sufficient contact on the ball as it evaded his attempted clearance, as well as keeper Mart-Mattis Niinepuu, before falling kindly to Allan Kimbaloula at the far post to tuck into the empty net. 

Kalju’s early tempo had got the better of Paide, and they couldn’t have asked for a better start. Paide’s response was limited, but Zahovaiko was unlucky not to evade the challenge of Jorge Rodrigues after he had received a lovely through ball on inside the area. The Portuguese defender was too strong, however, and stopped the Paide frontman from getting a shot away.

As the first half got into its stride a little more, play from both sides became a little more direct, with some longer balls creeping in. Kalju continued to be the more threatening, with Voskoboinikov in particular finding pockets of space in advanced positions.

Paide weren’t making life easy for themselves either, with Kaldoja losing out to Wakui in the middle of the park, but his eventual shot, after some good work by Purje, was blocked on the edge of the box.

A corner at the other end was punched out unconvincingly by Teles, with the ball eventually finding its way to Mägi on the edge of the box, but his shot went harmlessly wide of the post.

Wakui almost returned the ‘dodgy ball’ favour minutes later, but Uwa couldn’t latch on to a weak back pass to Teles before the big stopper cleared to safety. Paide’s pressing inside the Kalju half was giving the visitors one or two little problems, but it was also leaving the hosts a little open when Kalju managed to break.

Zahovaiko was making himself available between the two Kalju centre backs, but despite a couple of good balls into him, his role as the lone striker left him with few options. A wild shot from Sillaste outside the box followed a Paide corner, but it once again flew harmlessly wide as the home side’s high tempo pressuring struggled to secure them any half-decent chances at goal.

At the other end, Puri’s long ball over the top of defence was just too far in front of Voskoboinikov, as Kalju’s early control began to fade under Paide’s high-tempo pressing.

Voskoboinikov was provided with a chance to make it two after 29 minutes, but his composure inside the box evaded him and he smashed his shot over the bar after another ball over the top had worked its way to him.

Allan and Pruje switched flanks, as they did last week, to try and stir their side up as a caginess began to fester in both teams’ play.

In the 31st minute, Kaspar Kaldoja was the recipient of the game’s first booking following a foul 35 yards from the Kalju goal, with the resulting free kick from Wakui comfortably collected by Niinepuu. 

Uwa was remaining quiet for the hosts, and his balance on the slippery surface was stopping him from making the most of any possession he found himself with.

Eino Puri was also seeing a fair amount of the ball for Kalju on the right of midfield, and his evasion of a couple of Paide challenges was allowing him to move play forward for his side, although it came to very little as Kalju were unable to really threaten the Paide goal as the first half wore on. 

A good 1-2 between Dmitrijev and Purje allowed the former to release Nicolas Galpin down the left channel, but his cross into the middle was nowehere near a white shirt.

Kalju did manage a good chance on 38 minutes, as Allan broke the offside trap to latch on to a Voskoboinikov through ball down the right, before cutting inside and attempting to lob Niinepuu from a tight angle. The Paide keeper was equal to it and clawed the ball away to safety.

Allan added another goal to his seasonal tally, second in a row. (Gertrud Alatare Photography)

Allan added another goal to his seasonal tally, second in a row.
(Gertrud Alatare Photography)

A corner at the other end was punched out unconvincingly by Teles, with the ball eventually finding its way to Magi on the edge of the box, but his shot went harmlessly wide of the post.

Wakui almost returned the ‘dodgy ball’ favour minutes later, but Uwa couldn’t latch on to a weak back pass to Teles before the big stopper cleared to safety. Paide’s pressing inside the Kalju half was giving the visitors one or two little problems, but it was also leaving the hosts a little open when Kalju managed to break. 

Zahovaiko was making himself available between the two Kalju centre backs, but despite a couple of good balls into him, his role as the lone striker left him with few options. A wild shot from Sillaste outside the box followed a Paide corner, but it once again flew harmlessly wide as the home side’s high tempo pressuring struggled to secure them any half-decent chances at goal.

At the other end, Puri’s long ball over the top of defence was just too far in front of Voskoboinikov, as Kalju’s early control began to fade under Paide’s high-tempo pressing. 

Voskoboinikov was provided with a chance to make it two after 29 minutes, but his composure inside the box evaded him and he smashed his shot over the bar after another ball over the top had worked its way to him.

Allan and Pruje switched flanks, as they did last week, to try and stir their side up as a caginess began to fester in both teams’ play

In the 31st minute, Kaspar Kaldoja was the recipient of the game’s first booking following a foul 35 yards from the Kalju goal, with the resulting free kick from Wakui comfortably collected by Niinepuu.

Uwa was remaining quiet for the hosts, and his balance on the slippery surface was stopping him from making the most of any possession he found himself with.

Eino Puri was also seeing a fair amount of the ball for Kalju on the right of midfield, and his evasion of a couple of Paide challenges was allowing him to move play forward for his side, although it came to very little as Kalju were unable to really threaten the Paide goal as the first half wore on.

A good 1-2 between Dmitrijev and Purje allowed the former to release Nicolas Galpin down the left channel, but his cross into the middle was nowehere near a white shirt. 

Kalju did manage a good chance on 38 minutes, as Allan broke the offside trap to latch on to a Voskoboinikov through ball down the right, before cutting inside and attempting to lob Niinepuu from a tight angle. The Paide keeper was equal to it and clawed the ball away to safety.

Voskoboinikov got Kalju's second of the game, and his second of the season (Gertrud Alatare Photography)

Voskoboinikov got Kalju's second of the game, and his second of the season
(Gertrud Alatare Photography)

A minute later, Voskoboinikov tumbled inside the box under a supposed challenge by Martin Ustaal, but the referee had no interest in his pleas for a penalty.

Kalju managed to use this mini spell of pressure as a springboard to ramp up the tempo and finish the half as they had begun, culminating in a second goal three minutes from the break.

A lovely ball from Wakui over the Paide defence found Galpin on the left wing. Sillaste couldn’t prevent the Frenchman lifting a cross in to the centre, with Allan’s audacious overhead kick attempt falling kindly to the feet of Voskoboinikov at the far post. The big man didn’t need a second invitation to poke the ball home under no challenge whatsoever.

Paide had done well to stifle Kalju after a disappointing opening period for the hosts, but their lack of chances seemed to frustrate them into dropping their tempo and allowing Kalju the space they had been denied for the middle part of the first half. 

A 2-0 half time lead for the visitors was what they deserved for making the most of their brief periods of attacking control, and the referee’s whistle brought to an end a fairly cagey first 45 minutes that had been sandwiched by two spells of clinical pressure. 

Paide made a change at the break, with Kaspar Paur coming on to replace Uwa, who, despite a couple of athletic runs, was almost completely absent in the first period. Roivassepp was moved forward into the central attacking midfield role to try and shake things up for the hosts.

Paide came out with renewed energy in the second half, but despite their endeavour it was Kalju who had the second half’s first opportunity. Voskoboinikov released Kallaste behind the Paide defence down the left, but his evasion of the keeper only took him into a Paide defensive wall. Ats Purje then had the ball on the Paide net, but he was ruled offside as Kalju attacked in numbers.

Good turnout at Paide City Stadium: 196 people according to the official numbers (Getrud Alatare Photography)

Good turnout at Paide City Stadium: 196 people according to the official numbers (Getrud Alatare Photography)

Paide’s best chance of the game came just minutes later, and Zahovaiko will have wondered how he didn’t score after a fantastic save by Teles in the Kalju goal. A lovely long ball from the right side of the pitch by Sillaste dropped perfectly over the Kalju defence for the Paide striker to bring down on his chest on the penalty spot, and strike first time down to Teles’ right. The stopper was equal to it, however, and he managed to get a decisive hand to it to pull off a top quality save.

Jorge Rodrigues then went into the referee’s book on 56 minutes for a foul just inside the Kalju half. 

The game lost a bit of sting following a lively opening to the second period, and threatened to go the way of the first half as neither side broke free of the opposing defensive shackles.

Both sides made changes on 61 minutes, with Timo Lomp entering the fray in place of Veis, and Tarmo Neemelo coming on for Voskoboinikov for the visitors. A minute later, Kalju made another change by intrpducing Erik Listmann for Purje, whose performance had been more workmanlike than his debut last week. 

The newly-introduced Listmann was straight into the action, finding space down the right hand side on two occasions but being unable to find a Kalju man in the centre.  

Paide’s final change come on 70 minutes, with Kennet Kukk replacing Rõivassepp, before LIistmann once again broke free down the right two minutes later, but his pass into the centre was too heavy for Allan to collect as both sides began to open up a little. 

Zahovaiko was sporadically threatening for Paide, but a lack of support was stunting any progress he tried to make. His header on 78 minutes flew harmlessly over the bar, typifying the majority of Paide’s attacking threat.

A minute later, Listmann’s shot following a left-wing cross by Allan was deflected over the bar by Leetma, before Erkki Junolainen became Kalju’s final substitution, replacing Allan. 

Kukk managed to get himself between the Kalju central defenders on 80 minutes, but his attempted lob lacked any sort of conviction, dropping harmlessly into the arms of Teles after a good through ball by Zahovaiko.

Kalju were breaking quickly at the other end, but their play seemed quite rushed as the match descended into a tired-looking game of end-to-end ping pong. Listmann’s introduction had livened things up a little, and both sides seemed content to play a more stretched version of the game they had played for the previous 70 minutes or so, leaving large pockets of space all over the pitch.

Wakui celebrates Neemelo and his late goal whereas Paide's Sillaste looks disappointed at the full time result becoming larger (Gertrud Alatare Photography)

Wakui celebrates Neemelo and his late goal whereas Paide's Sillaste looks disappointed at the full time result becoming larger (Gertrud Alatare Photography)

As the final whistle drew closer, Paide began to sniff a goal, and they were starting to exploit the space Kalju were allowing them, and on 87 minutes they were given the chance to really worry the Pink Panthers when the referee awarded them a penalty after a handball by Kallaste just inside the box.  

Zahovaiko, Paide’s biggest threat throughout the game, stepped up and struck a low shot down to Teles’ right, but the keeper was in no mood to allow anything past him and he got down to save the shot with relative ease.

In a cruel twist of fate, Kalju went up the other end a minute later and grabbed a third goal to kill their opponents off. Neemelo was set free behind the defence on the right, before cutting inside the retreating Lomp and striking a scuffed left foot shot low past the keeper to seal the points as he had done seven days earlier. 

The goal brought to an end the game as a contest, and neither side had any further clear cut chances before the referee brought things to a close.

The scoreline was a touch harsh on Paide, particularly considering their efforts as the game wore on, but they certainly hadn’t done enough to warrant any points here and Kalju’s clinical play gave them another 3-0 victory to add to their opening day win by the same scoreline over Tammeka Tartu.

Zahovaiko looks a good addition to the Paide squad, but his attacking compatriots look lightweight when up against higher quality opposition.

Kalju’s overall team performance was the key to the victory today, with a solid, workmanlike display.

 

RdS Man of the Match: Vladimir Voskoboinikov (Kalju)


By Chris Johns