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Shirak wrap up Armenian title

Published: Friday 3 May 2013, 23.17CET
FC Mika's shock defeat by FC Banants gave FC Shirak the chance to win the title with two games to spare, and the Gyumri club duly claimed their first championship since 1999 with victory at FC Pyunik.
by Khachik Chakhoyan
from Yerevan
Shirak wrap up Armenian title
Shirak players celebrate their title triumph with coach Vardan Bichakhchyan ©Avetis Ghazanchyan
Published: Friday 3 May 2013, 23.17CET

Shirak wrap up Armenian title

FC Mika's shock defeat by FC Banants gave FC Shirak the chance to win the title with two games to spare, and the Gyumri club duly claimed their first championship since 1999 with victory at FC Pyunik.

FC Shirak secured their first Armenian title in 14 years with two matches to spare after their 1-0 win at FC Pyunik was coupled with FC Mika's 2-1 reverse against bottom side FC Banants.

Mika began the day five points behind the leaders but a Banants winner in the dying moments gave Shirak the chance to wrap up their fourth championship and first since 1999.

Despite fielding their strongest side, Shirak failed to create any chances in the first half and were lucky not to concede when Artak Edigaryan's free-kick hit a post for Pyunik. The contest was livelier after the break with chances at both ends before Yoro Lamine Ly converted substitute Levon Pachajyan's low cross nine minutes from time for his 16th goal of the season.

"I am so happy," a teary Shirak coach Vardan Bichakhchyan told UEFA.com. "I have never felt such happiness before. All credit to my players, it is their win. Shirak had been striving for this success for so long. [The city of] Gyumri needs such victories and we made all the citizens happy. This is pure joy, and we made it by our own efforts and eagerness."

Last updated: 04/05/13 8.09CET

Results

Armenian Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/05/2013 19:25 CET

03/05/2013

PyunikPyunik0-1ShirakShirak

Ly 81

Venue: Yerevan

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AraratArarat0-0UlissesUlisses

Venue: Abovyan

03/05/2013

ImpulsImpuls1-2GandzasarGandzasar

Diego Castro 81

Dashyan 30, Diakaridia 74

Venue: Ljevan

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BanantsBanants2-1MikaMika

Karapetyan 70, Minasyan 90

Muradyan 82 (P)

Venue: Yerevan

Standings

Armenian Premier League 2012/13

ClubsPPts
1FC Shirak4084
2FC Mika4076
3FC Gandzasar4063
4FC Pyunik4060
5Impuls FC4060
6Ulisses FC4039
7FC Ararat4032
8FC Banants4030
Last updated: 03/05/2013 19:25 CET

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