Peshmarga FC Beat Ararat and Kurdistan Cup
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.