In the midweek matchday, FC Astana and Irtysh Pavlodar keep on keeping on, Kairat Almaty are back on track, Shakhter Karagandy bag a vital win.
• Irtysh Pavlodar kept within three points of Astana after their 3-1 home win over Tobol Kostanay. Djiby Fall broke the deadlock on 25 minutes before Tobol captain Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev levelled the game on the stroke of half-time. However, midway through the second period, Irtysh struck twice in the span of four minutes to put the game beyond their opponents' reach. The league top scorer Roman Murtazayev got his sixth of the season and the league top assistant Gogita Gogua converted the penalty for the hosts.
• Kairat Almaty registered a well-deserved 2-0 victory against Zhetysu Taldykorgan at the Almaty Central Stadium. Zhetysu midfielder Bauyrzhan Turysbek deflected the ball into his own net following Gerard Gohou's header with 25 minutes played and Léandre Tawamba doubled the lead in the 72nd minute as Almaty club moved to sixth place.
• Kairat boss Kakhaber Tskhadadze: "I'd like to thank boys, they did well tonight. They were focused from the start, had many goalscoring opportunities. And nothing matters more than our quality of play we're satisfied with."
• Sergey Skorykh and Andrey Finonchenko got the goals for Shakhter Karagandy as Jozef Vukušič's men proved stronger than FC Taraz, winning 2-1 in Jambyl Region. The visitors netted between 71st and 76th minute and Taraz could only pull one back with Bauyrzhan Baitana firing with his spectacular injury-time finish. Taraz remained bottom while Shakhter lifted to eighth.
• At the Munaishy Sports Complex in rainy Atyrau, the Polish striker Przemysław Trytko bagged a brace against fourth-placed Ordabasy Shymkent in a combative 2-2 draw. Bakhtiyar Baiseitov's team took the lead twice through Filip Kasalica and Rinat Abdulin who forced an own goal from goalie Zhasur Narzikulov. Trytko responded for the Oilers but it couldn't prevent them from slipping to 10th position.
• Honours were even also in the clash of Akzhayik Oral and FC Aktobe as the two Western sides ended goalless. Aktobe climbed into fifth and Akzhayik, despite being winless in four, lifted to ninth.
Okzhetpes Kokshetau v FC Astana 0-1 (0-0)
05/05/2016, SC Zhaksy Stadium (Schuchinsk). Att: 500. Ref: Kuchin (Karaganda).
Okzhetpes: Stamenković, Kuksin, Chertov, Chyzhov, Volkov, Nane, Bogdanov (Buleshev 81), Nganbe (Ristović 78), Khairullin, Kozhamberdy (Yurin 78), Moldakaraev. HC: Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS).
Astana: Erić, Beisebekov (Gurman 46), Logvinenko, Aničić, Shomko, Cañas, Maksimović, Twumasi, Haruna (Tagybergen 68), Nuserbayev, Despotović (Schyotkin 90). HC: Stanimir Stoilov (BUL).
Goals: 0-1 Despotović (74).
YC: Nane (66).
FC Taraz v Shakhter Karagandy 1-2 (0-0)
05/05/2016, Central Stadium (Taraz). Att: 4,200. Ref: Iskakov (Astana).
Taraz: Grigorenko, Amirkhanov, Aitbayev, Vorotnikov, Bayaliyev (Danilyuk 46), D.Yevstigneyev, Shakhmetov, V.Yevstigneyev (Taubay 84), Suley (Baitana 75), Mané, Zyankovich. HC: Nurmat Mirzabayev.
Shakhter: Baginsky, Yermekov, Sadownichy, Arzumanyan, Nurybekov (Pikalkin 77), Szöke, Skorykh, Ubbink (Yaghoubi 76), Baizhanov, Zeneli, Finonchenko (Tarasov 85). HC: Jozef Vukušič (SVK).
Goals: 0-1 Skorykh (71), 0-2 Finonchenko (76), 1-2 Baitana (90+3).
YC: Yermekov (51), Szöke (56), Nurybekov (61), D.Yevstigneyev (86).
Akzhayik Oral v FC Aktobe 0-0 (0-0)
05/05/2016, Akzhayik Stadium (Uralsk). Att: 3,000. Ref: Izmailov (Taldykorgan).
Akzhayik: Bagautdinov, Abdrakhmanov, Govedarica, Kolunija, Omarov, Coronel, Shurygin, Sergiyenko, Sarsekenov (Shevtsov 61), Maltsev (Begalin 65), Hromţov (Valiullin 76). HC: Talgat Baisufinov.
Aktobe: Otarbayev, Kryukov, Kouadja, Sorokin, Sitdikov, Smakov (Tleshev 24), Petrolay, Kakimov, Bocharov, Zhalmukan (Zhangylyshbay 69), Mikhalyov (Tsveiba 46). HC: Yuri Utkulbayev (RUS).
YC: Kolunija (50), Govedarica (73), Shevtsov (80), Zhangylyshbay (85), Kryukov (86).
Irtysh Pavlodar v Tobol Kostanay 3-1 (1-1)
05/05/2016, Central Stadium (Pavlodar). Att: 7,500. Ref: Abdanbayev (Taraz).
Irtysh: Loriya, Yesimov, Kerla, Malyi, Akhmetov, Jirsák, Gogua (Ayaganov 90+2), Herrera (Popov 88), Murtazayev, Jallow, Fall. HC: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL).
Tobol: Loginovsky, Miroshnichenko, Kassaï, Yavorskyi, Glavina, Mukhutdinov, Zhumaskaliyev, Deac, N'Diaye (Dudchenko 57), Simkovic (Žulpa 81), Khizhnichenko (Dosmagambetov 68). HC: Oleg Lotov.
Goals: 1-0 Fall (25), 1-1 Zhumaskaliyev (44), 2-1 Murtazayev (72), 3-1 Gogua (76 – pen).
YC: Simkovic (29), Malyi (44), Jirsák (58).
FC Atyrau v Ordabasy Shymkent 2-2 (0-0)
05/05/2016, Munaishy Sports Complex (Atyrau). Att: 2,500. Ref: Vishnichenko (Kostanay).
Atyrau: Narzikulov, Kuzmin, Muldarov (Saparov 68), Lamanje, Damčevski, Korobkin, Shabalin (Makas 58), Arzhanov (Sharpar 71), Curtean, Konysbayev, Trytko. HC: Vladimir Nikitenko.
Ordabasy: Bekbayev, Kozhabayev (Simčević 55), Mukhtarov, Abdulin, Suyumbayev, Diakhate, Chatto, Tungyshbayev, Nurgaliyev (Beisenov 87), Tolebek (Tazhimbetov 66), Kasalica. HC: Bakhtiyar Baiseitov.
Goals: 0-1 Kasalica (5), 1-1 Trytko (45+1), 1-2 Narzikulov (51 – OG), 2-2 Trytko (86).
YC: Korobkin (26), Kozhabayev (32), Konysbayev (57).
Kairat Almaty v Zhetysu Taldykorgan 2-0 (1-0)
05/05/2016, Central Stadium (Almaty). Att: 8,000. Ref: Abdullayev (Karatau).
Kairat: Plotnikov, Lunin, Rudoselsky, Marković, Tesák, Tymoshchuk, Bakayev, Isael (Kuat 46), Islamkhan, Arshavin (Darabayev 76), Gohou (Tawamba 62). HC: Kakhaber Tskhadadze (GEO).
Zhetysu: Pasechenko, Adilkhanov (Balgabayev 77), Kadio, Klein, Shabayev, Sagyndykov (Mynbayev 64), Amirseitov, Turysbek, Kalinin, Savić, Simonovski (Kharun-Zade 46). HC: Almas Kulshinbayev.
Goals: 1-0 Turysbek (25 – OG), 2-0 Tawamba (72).
YC: Bakayev (82), Turysbek (90+2).
Roman Murtazayev (Irtysh Pavlodar) – 6, Djordje Despotović (FC Astana) – 4, Samat Smakov (FC Aktobe), Gogita Gogua (Irtysh Pavlodar) – 4 (3)
May 9 – Irtysh Pavlodar v FC Taraz, FC Aktobe v FC Atyrau, Ordabasy Shymkent v Shakhter Karagandy
May 10 – Tobol Kostanay v Kairat Almaty, Zhetysu Taldykorgan v Okzhetpes Kokshetau, FC Astana v Akzhayik Oral