30 May 2020. Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Goalkeeping coach Roman Chumak is in the stand, watching the final fixture of the league campaign. There are two relegation places to be decided and four teams in danger of the drop, of which MFC Mykolaiv are one. Mykolaiv are at home to Obolon-Brewer, who have secured a place in the promotion play-offs. After 17 minutes Ichuaidze, Mykolaiv’s left-back, breaks down the left, cuts inside, and floats a nice cross with his right foot to the near post. Obolon-Brewer’s defenders fail to control the ball and leave Olexiy Malyarchuk with a simple tap-in. It is only his third goal of the season, but it could prove mighty important. Chumak, a level-headed chap who handles press conferences, begins to compose a statement in his head: “Yes, Olexiy’s had a tough season but he came good when it mattered. I’m delighted for him. I always thought we’d avoid the drop and this gives us all a platform to build on in the second tier.”

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