Pyunik wins Armenia Cup 2009

On May 9 Armenia Cup final match between Banants FC and Pyunik FC took place at Republican stadium. Italy referee stuff at the head of FIFA referee Paolo Dondarini was appointed to serve the match first time in football history of independent Armenia.
In spite of the fact that both teams had several chances to score they didn’t open the match score at the first half. The second half of the match also passed as equals. Edgar Malakyan from Pyunik FC got the second yellow card and left the field of play at the middle of the second half. A bit later Paolo Dondarini showed the second yellow card to Banants FC midfielder Noah Kasule and the team had to continue playing with ten players each.
At the first minute of additional time Pyunik FC midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored to give his team deserved victory.

Pyunik won Armenia Cup for the fourth time in its history.

Banants vs. Pyunik 0:1

Yerevan, Republican Stadium

Referee - Paolo Dondarini
Goal - Henrikh Mkhitaryan 90+1

Banants - 22 Stepan Ghazaryan, 20 Hovhannes Grigoryan (12 Grisha Khachatryan, 69), 8 Artur Voskanyan, 2 Yerema Kavatsiv, 15 Eduard Kakosyan, 13 Noah Kasule, 17 Sargis Karapetyan, 9 Artak Dashyan, 11 Arsen Balabekyan (10 Artak Oseyan, 80), 6 Hrant Gevorgyan, 18 Norayr Gyozalyan, 21 Samvel Melkonyan (14 Sargis Nasibyan, 73).

Pyunik - 1 Grigor Meliksetyan, 4 Sargis Hovsepyan, 3 Karen Khachatryan, 16 Vahagn Minasyan, 23 Emmanuel Mbola, 15 Artur Yuspashyan, 5 Artur Edigaryan, 77 Norayr Sahakyan (14 Mihran Minasyan, 60), 9 Edgar Malakyan, 22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 10 Gevorg Ghazaryan.

Yellow cards - Noah Kasule (35), Edgar Malakyan (35), Hovhannes Grigoryan (50), Edgar Malakyan (64), Noah Kasule (81), Artur Yuspashyan (89).

Red cards - Edgar Malakyan (64), Noah Kasule (81).

Post-match reactions

Armen Gyulbudaghyants, Banants Head Coach

First of all I would like to congratulate Pyunik FC on victory. It was a very interesting match, a real struggle. Our two players’ injuries could have an influence on the game and we had to make two substitutions because of them at the middle of the second half. Anyways, I think that we could make it.

Vardan Minasyan, Pyunik Head Coach

It really was a good match worth Cup final. I think that the supporters were also pleased with the match. Both teams have many young players who played really well today. As for the referees I would like welcome FFA initiative to invite the referee form abroad. It was a nice surprise for us.

Armenian Development Bank Hummel