Jagodina make history with Serbian Cup triumph

Milan Djurić's first-half penalty was enough for FK Jagodina to overcome FK Vojvodina in the Serbian Cup final in Belgrade and duly lift the first trophy in their history.

Milan Djurić (centre) scored the winner for Jagodina
Milan Djurić (centre) scored the winner for Jagodina ©Getty Images

FK Jagodina won tonight's Serbian Cup final 1-0 against FK Vojvodina to lift the first trophy in their 51-year history.

Winger Milan Djurić scored the only goal of the Belgrade showpiece with a 16th-minute penalty to give Jagodina the honours in what was their maiden cup final appearance. However, the defeat for Vojvodina left the 1969 and 1989 Yugoslav champions without a cup success in six attempts, including three of the last four finals.

The decisive moment came after Miloš Stojanović's shot struck the hand of Vojvodina defender Djordje Jokić, enabling Djurić to tuck away the resulting spot kick. The goal came against the run of play, although Vojvodina were mostly restricted to long-range attempts by Simo Krunić's well-organised troops.

In fact, Nebojša Vignjević's team found Jagodina even harder to break down after the interval, as Vojvodina's creative players toiled in vain. They were left to lament Igor Bondžulić's late save from Nemanja Radoja and another effort from the No2 that flew just wide.

Krunić, the victorious coach, said the silverware was "reward for everything we have given for the club in the past". He added: "You simply have to win matches like this, and we did precisely that."

His opposite number Vignjević, whose third-placed side are nine points and one position better off than their conquerors in the Serbian Super League, said he expected better. "We were not sharp enough in attack, with lots of possession but no real chances."