The former NPFL star scored his first goal for Serhiy Lavrynenko’s men in the defeat against the 13-time Ukrainian Premier League kings.
Stephen Gopey on his debut for FC Inhulets Petrove in the 2-1 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk on Saturday in a Ukrainian Premier League match.
After replacing Artem Sitalo at the start of the second half, the 21-year-old justified his inclusion with a goal, although Serhiy Lavrynenko’s team started the campaign 2021-22 on a losing note.
Thanks to his impressive displays at Nigerian Professional Football League outfit Wikki Tourist, the youngster has been signed on a three-year contract by the Ukrainian elite division.
With this move, the Super Eagles prospect will remain in Inhulets Stadium until 2024.
Twelve minutes after the meeting, it was the hosts who took the lead thanks to international and former Ajax star Lassina Traore of Burkina Faso.
The 20-year-old took advantage of a good crossing by Israeli midfielder Manor Solomon, and beat the goal to score goalkeeper Evgen Galchuk.
Previously, Galchuk made two huge savings to deny the Brazilian Dodo.
The goal was a reality test for Inhulets who had to work hard while their efforts to level matters were thwarted by a good defensive display from the 13-time Ukrainian Premier League kings.
11 minutes before the break, Roberto De Zerbi’s men doubled their lead through Alan Patrick. The Brazilian midfielder shot past the goalkeeper after receiving a lob from Taras Stepanenko.
The manager, Lavrynenko, urgently put Gopey in jeopardy for Sitalo, and the change gave an attacking bite to the front line of Inhulets.
Patrick completed his prop in the 67th minute, although his attempt was canceled by referee Dmytro Kryvushkin because Traore was penalized for being in an offside position.
Nine minutes from full-time, Gopey gave his team something to share when he reduced the deficit. The African star is well positioned in the penalty area and passes Yevhen Opanasenko’s pass past goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin.
Despite a late rally from FC Inhulets, they returned home with their heads bowed.
For Gopey, his performance was a great achievement, as he had little time to train with the Ukrainian team. He hopes to get another chance, as his team hopes to win again against Zorya on August 2nd.