SP La Fiorita lifted the Coppa Titano for the second time in their history, and the first since 1986, with a 3-2 win against S.S. Pennarossa in an enthralling final at the Stadio Olimpico.
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SP La Fiorita clinched their second Coppa Titano crown and their first since 1986 with a thrilling 3-2 victory against S.S. Pennarossa at the Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle.
Fiorita scored twice just before the break through Gianluca Bollini and Simon Parma to establish a comfortable half-time lead. Marco Rosti pulled one back for Pennarossa six minutes into the second half but Mario Fucili's delightful finish on the counterattack ensured Daniele Conti's long range free-kick in added time was merely a consolation and Fiorita held on.
In a first half of few opportunities it took until the 42nd minute for the game to come to life when Fiorita forged ahead. Bollini rose highest to head in a corner from close range and, just moments later, Parma converted Francesco Perrotta's low cross from the right.
Pennarossa reduced the deficit shortly after the break through Rosti's header but as they threw men forward in search of an equaliser, Fucili raced clear on the counterattack and finished with aplomb to re-establish Fiorita's two-goal cushion. Conti's free-kick came too late for Pennarossa as Fiorita clinched the cup and at least a place in the UEFA Europa League.
Fiorita can still claim a domestic double and a UEFA Champions League berth with the play-offs for the San Marinese title getting under way on Saturday. "It was the first final in many years so we were a bit tense," said Fiorita coach Nicola Berardi. "It was a great success but now we have to work hard to achieve our second objective of the season."