Women International Friendly Tournament: Kazakhstan-Estonia 1:2

On May 14 Women international friendly tournament second match took place. Estonia Women National Team that defeated Armenia at the first match competed with Kazakhstan. The match stared as equals ended 2:1 in favour of Estonia. At the first half Begaim Kirgizbaeva took advantage of Estonia goalkeeper’s mistake and opened the match score. 7 minutes later Anastassia Morkovkina restored the match score after her third goal at the tournament. Estonia succeeded in scoring the victorious goal at the second half: Katrin Loo scored found the net coming out face to face with the goalkeeper.
Winning the match against Kazakhstan, Estonia occupied the first place at the tournament.
Tournament third match between Armenia and Kazakhstan Women National Teams will take place on May 16 at Abovyan city stadium at 16:00.

Kazakhstan – Estonia 1:2
Abovyan, City Stadium
Referee – Eleni Kuriou (Greece)
Goals – Begaim Kirgizbaeva, 21, Anastassia Morkovkina, 28, Katrin Loo, 77.

Kazakhstan - Irina Saratovtseva, Ekaterina Krasyukova, Begaim Kirgizbaeva, Kristina Stolpovskaya (Fatima Idiatulina, 33), Marina Yalova, Ekaterina Yalova, Veronika Maksimenko (Nadezhda Alyakina, 46), Saule Karibaeva, Natalia Ivanova, Aigerim Bisembaeva, Yelena Popova (Madina Zhanataeva, 44).

Estonia - Elis Meetua, Signy Aarna (Hannaliis Jaadla, 88), Kaidi Jekimova, Katrin Loo, Anastassia Morkovkina, Kaire Palmaru (Aljona Sasova, 74), Anete Paulus, Gejt Prants, Heleri Saar, Inna Zlidnis, Kethy Ounpuu (Eneli Vals, 90+2).

Yellow cards – Irina Saratovtseva 59, Natalia Ivanova, 66.

Post-match reactions

Keith Boanas, Estonia National Team Head Coach

Of course I am very happy and proud that my team could win the tournament. We have been working hard during past months and we performed well here in Armenia as a result. Comparing Kazakhstan and Armenia National Teams I would say that Kazakhstan is physically more prepared. But Armenia got more time for rest so they can fight Kazakhstan I think. As for the tournament organization, it is fantastic. Everything was organized very well, everyone was very hospitable and I am also impressed with the fields. I hope to come back to Armenia very soon since I have already planned one of our next training camps in this country.

Boris Yemelin, Kazakhstan National Team Head Coach

We had equal and very dynamic fight. Estonia National Team made a good impression. We met those 3 years ago and they had worked really hard during that time. Estonia has an accented leader, Anastassia Morkovkina, who is able to solve different situations alone. I watched Armenia – Estonia match video and I can say that Armenia is not bad. Of course Estonian players are faster but Armenia players are technically more prepared and they don’t have a leader as Estonia do.
As for the tournament organization I would like to mention that it is on a very high level and I want to thank all the organizers for that.

Armenian Development Bank Hummel