Pesh­marga FC Beat Ararat and Kur­dis­tan Cup

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

For the first time in his­tory, the Pesh­marga Foot­ball Club won the Kur­dis­tan Foot­ball Cup, beat­ing Ararat Club by 3-1 on penalty kicks in the fi­nal game which ran on May 13th at Ararat's sta­dium.

In the first half, both of the teams played ner­vously, es­pe­cially Pesh­marga who mainly de­pended on counter at­tacks. Al­though Ararat dom­i­nated the match, its play­ers were just pass­ing with­out mak­ing threats on the op­pos­ing team.

Ako Noori from Pesh­marga opened the dead­lock in the 11th minute af­ter his shot from a 30 yards dis­tance past the Ararat's goal keeper, Sar­dar Adel. Noori’s goal was re­garded as the most stun­ning, jaw drop­ping goal in the Cup Com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter the goal, Ararat dom­i­nated the match by in­creas­ing its at­tacks. Mean­while, Pesh­marga fear­ing it would get scored upon, prac­ticed a de­fen­sive style of play and de­pended on counter at­tacks.

Ben­e­fit­ing from a de­fender mis­take, Pesh­marga was able to score its sec­ond goal through Ah­mad Salar in the last minute of the first half. The firs half ended with 2-0.

In the sec­ond half, Ararat coach, Ab­dul­lah Mah­mud made some cru­cial changes in the lineup which af­fected the team’s per­for­mances pos­i­tively. Ararat in­ten­si­fied the at­tacks un­til Nashat Jabar scored the first goal for his team in the 67th minute.

Ararat at­tacks put a lot of pres­sure on Pesh­marga who re­treated fur­ther to­ward their penalty box. Samad Is­mail’s header equal­ized the re­sult in the 76th minute. The match fairly ended with 2-0.

The even re­sult made the team re­sort to penalty kicks. Ararat per­formed four penalty kicks but scored only a sin­gle goal. While Pesh­marga scored three goals.

As the fi­nal whis­tle blew on Pesh­marga’s dra­matic vic­tory over Ararat, Pesh­marga play­ers and fans spread in to the field and started celebrating by wav­ing club flags and some wrapped them­selves in the flags.

Af­ter the match, Kur­dish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (KFA) Pres­i­dent Safeen Kan­aby and his deputy Sarkar Ali Khan distributed awards among the play­ers of Cup win­ner, Pesh­marga, and run­ners up, Ararat.

In ad­di­tion to the cup and medals, the win­ners and run­ners-up re­ceived, KFF also awarded the cham­pi­ons 50 mil­lion Iraqi di­nars and the run­ners-up will re­ceive 15 mil­lion IQDs.

This pc­i­ture de­picts Pesh­marga Foot­ball Club.

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