Ten years after taking their last Estonian Cup, FC Flora ended a barren spell by reclaiming the trophy with a 3-1 win against JK Maag Tammeka Tartu on Tuesday.
Having gone five years without a domestic title, the most successful post-war club in Estonia returned to winning ways in the 2008 cup final, taking the lead after just 28 seconds as Sander Post intercepted a disastrous back-pass to score. Flora dominated, but as half-time approached Mihkel Aksalu made good saves to deny Maag Tammeka's Eduard Komarov and Marko Sonn.
With Kristjan Tiirik having had a goal disallowed for Maag Tammeka in the first half, the underdogs were handed another setback after the restart when the referee awarded Flora a penalty for a foul on Andrei Sidorenkov, which Juha Hakola converted. The Finnish winger then surged in from the left to make it 3-0 after 64 minutes, yet still Maag Tammeka refused to surrender.
Five minutes later, they were awarded a penalty following an incident which saw Flora goalkeeper Aksalu dismissed. Artur Ossipov converted for Maag Tammeka, but was later sent off in added time for a second bookable offence as Flora held on. "I am the only player left from the previous cup-winning squad [in 1998], so it is nice to win the trophy with a new group of talented players," said midfielder Martin Reim, who celebrated his 37th birthday the day after the final.
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