The Independence Cup Final
"Tonight, we have one of the biggest matches in the History of Armenian Football. Hamoudi Fayad's Pyunik Yerevan
will go up against Vardan Bichakhchyan's Shirak Gyumri
in the Armenian Independence Cup Final.
Both managers will want to get a hand on the trophy today when the final whistle blows, because as we know they are fierce rivals, being 2 of the best managers in Armenia."
"The match will start at 17:30 GMT, or 19:30 AMT (Armenian Time). It will be played at the Armenian National Stadium, named after Vazgen Sargsyan - the name in full: Vazgen Sargsyan Hanrapetakan Stadium in the Capital Yerevan. Pyunik Yerevan and the Armenian National Team are it's tenants."
"The record of attendance in the Final of the Independence Cup is around 5702, set by Pyunik Yerevan's fans in this Stadium. Could that change? As we have seen their fans break the League Attendance Record this season, so we may see an incoming record."
"The match will be refereed by Armen Barseghyan, who in his last 3 games, has the oddest of refereeing performances. He refereed a match between Pyunik and Impuls but the Armenian FA gave him a rating of 3.6 out of 10, while in the next 2 games, he was rated 10 and 9.5 respectively."
"Now before we get info on the line-ups. We will have a bit of info on both teams.
Pyunik and Mika have won the Independence Cup the most, winning it 6 times each. Shirak has NEVER won the Independence Cup.
On the Road to the Final: Pyunik have defeated Banants-2, Gandzasar, and Impuls. While Shirak defeated Pyunik-2, Banants, and Ulisses."
"We have just got news of the line-ups:
Krbashyan; Yedigaryan, Asoyan, Andonian, Mejia; Ghuka, Dashyan, Arakelyan, Bazanov, V Poghosyan; Mkrtii
Ohanyan, Kulik, Pavlov, E Mkhitaryan, Voskanyan, K Hovhannisyan, Zainutdinov
Harutyunyan; G Poghosyan, Nikolyan, Ndouma, Minasyan; Tigranyan, Manucharyan; Tosunyan, Grigoryan, Ly; Markarov
Melikan, G Petrosyan, Davtyan, Asatryan, A Khachataryan, Yagan, A Mkrtchyan
"Pyunik are missing Star Player Viulen Ayvazyan, can they cope without him?"
Shirak = Orange - Pyunik = Blue
"00:00 - The match is about to begin and… the whistle blows! Pyunik kick off! It is packed here tonight, the figures say it is around 11,150. Pyunik fans have broken the attendance record!"
"41:20 - A free-kick to Shirak, Manucharyan steps up to take it, around 19 yards away from the goal. He shoots, and it hits the bar! It hits Krbashyan but to the Pyunik fans' delight it goes out for a corner! Grigoryan takes the corner… Yedigaryan clears it for another corner! Ly takes it this time, against his former club, Andonian clears and the ball goes to Mkrtii before he loses possession… The only highlight in an extremely boring game."
"47:00 - Half-Time at the VSH Stadium, nil-nil. A drab match so far."
"45:00 - Gagik Tosunyan is taken off for Ara Mkrtchyan."
"45:01- Shirak kick off!"
"48:39 - A throw-in for Shirak, Minasyan throws it to Mkrtchyan who passes it to Manucharyan, he passes it to Tigranyan, who plays it slowly to Markarov, and plays it back to Manucharyan and Tigranyan in a passing triangle. It goes all the way back to Ndouma, who passes it yards forward to Ly… he dribbles Arakelyan, Ly SHOOTS! Its saved by Krbashyan but Grigoryan gets the rebound and SCORES! SHIRAK ARE 1-0 UP! BEAUTIFUL PASSING, ONE-NIL SHIRAK!"
PYUNIK 0-1 SHIRAK
"51:13 - Ildar Zainutdinov is brought on for Mkrtii who has had a bad game."
"58:24 - Alexandr Bazanov (injured) is taken off for Victor Kulik."
"63:57 - Andrey Pavlov is brought on for Artak Dashyan."
"64:19 - Narek Davtyan is brought on for Artashes Manucharyan."
"66:31 - Krbashyan takes the goal kick, Ghuka reaches up to head it to Valter Poghosyan, who loses the ball and it goes back to Nikolyan in the Shirak defense… Valter Poghosyan intercepts, he runs down the right flank, crosses the ball into the box to Ghuka and HE SCORES! WHAT A FINISH THAT WAS! 1-1!"
PYUNIK 1-1 SHIRAK
"67:51 - Gagik Petrosyan is brought on for the injured Ara Mkrtchyan."
"93:27 - 1-1, the teams go to extra time, 2 halves of 15 minutes each. Stay tuned."
"90:00 - Pyunik kick-off!"
"92:52 - …Yedigaryan, passes it to Valter Poghosyan, who passes it to Pavlov, and then passes it back to Yedigaryan. Zainutdinov receives the ball and gives it to Poghosyan, who gives it back to Yedigaryan, and back to Mejia who is now operating as an attacking full-back, passes it back to Poghosyan, and now Yedigaryan runs into the box and receives the ball, he crosses it! It deflects off Tigranyan and Pavlov SHOOTS! GOAL! 2-1! A GREAT PASSING GAME BY PYUNIK! 2-1 UP NOW, THEY'VE TURNED THIS AROUND!!"
PYUNIK 2-1 SHIRAK
"97:33 - Zainutdinov with the ball at the half-way line, passes it to Ghuka as he runs down the left flank! He stops, looks for a pass but then runs down the flank again! He's not stopping at any moment here and he's reached the end of the pitch and he crosses! Pavlov meets the cross and its going in! NO! IT HITS THE POST! BUT WAIT ITS GONE IN! IT HITS HARUTYUNYAN ON THE BACK AND IT GOES IN! 3-1 TO PYUNIK YEREVAN AND THEY ARE RUNNING AWAY WITH THE TITLE!"
PYUNIK 3-1 SHIRAK
2nd Half - Extra Time
"120:11 - Pyunik are attacking, could they get a 4th? But no, Ndouma heads it away and the referee BLOWS THE WHISTLE! PYUNIK ARE CHAMPIONS!! AMAZING SCENES HERE AT THE VSH!"
"So we won the Cup for the 2nd time under me, that's another cup win ticked off the list, 8 more to go. That's the double completed, if only we won the SuperCup this season to complete the treble."