After a 3-0 loss to Brazil at the weekend, ParalympicsGB knew it was a tough ask to take three points off the Ukranians and any doubts that the Beijing 2008 gold medallists might have had before kick-off were erased in the opening 60 seconds when captain Volodymyr Anotoniuk burst through Britain’s defence to slot a left foot shot past goalkepper Craig Connell.
A quick brace from Anatolii Shevchyk put Ukraine 3-0 up before the 12-minute mark but another big crowd at the Riverbank Arena spurred on ParalympicsGB and the hosts were unlucky not to pull a goal back immediately.
A great through ball from Martin Sinclair, which had all the hallmarks of his younger brother and new Manchester City signing Scott, was seized upon by Alistair Patrick-Heselton and Ukraine keeper Igor Kosenko had to make a great block to stop the former QPR man scoring.
With Lynch’s side desperate to get back in the game, it left them exposed at the back where Oleksandr Devlysh capitalised to make it 4-0.
ParalympicsGB were still creating chances but when Patrick-Heselton was brought down on the edge of the box after a fantastic run his resulting free kick was blocked and hacked clear by the Ukranian defence.
Moments later Michael Barker’s turn and shot from 20 yards was saved by Kosenko.
ParalympicsGB’s hard work was finally rewarded five minutes after the break when second-half sub Ibz Diallo sent a curling freekick into the box that deceived everyone, including Kosenko, and nestled in the back of the Ukraine goal net.
The Riverbank Arena erupted as the whole team celebrated in front of the GB dugout although any hopes they harboured of getting back into the game where extinguished 10 minutes later when Antoniuk scored his second of the game to make it 5-1.
An audacious back heel from Devlysh made it 6-1 and Denys Ponomaryov completed the scoring to send Ukraine through to the semi-final stage.
ParalympicsGB received a great ovation from the home fans on full-time and the loss doesn’t spell the end of the tournament for the 7-a-side team.
The final group stage game takes place on Wednesday against USA before the play-off classification matches. Britain beat USA at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester earlier this year and will be targeting a top six finish for the tournament overall.