Armenian champions FC Pyunik beat FC Banants 4-0 at the Yerevan Republican Stadium on Monday to clinch the Armenian Cup for a second year in succession and the domestic double, while consigning Banants to a third straight final defeat.
In a repeat of last season's cup final which Pyunik won 1-0, the outcome was all but decided in the first half when Pyunik raced to a 3-0 lead. A crowd of nearly 7,000 saw Davit Manoyan volley home the opener on 15 minutes before further goals Markos Pizzelli (25) and Gevorg Ghazaryan, with a header on the stroke of half-time, put the game out of Banants' reach.
Ghazaryan added his second and Pyunik's fourth after the break to complete a resounding victory to the delight of Pyunik coach Vardan Minasyan. "We played as well as we had hoped to in the first half," Minasyan said. "
After the break we showed discipline and that ensured victory. Despite the scoreline it was a tough game." Banants coach Stevica Kuzmanoski added: "We defended really badly. Pyunik were given total freedom and they punished us."
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