UEFA.com
Nov 1 2009


Nine straight titles for dominant Pyunik

Sunday 1 November 2009
by Khachik Chakhoyan from Yerevan


FC Pyunik won 3-1 at FC Shirak in their penultimate Bardzraguyn khumb
game to preserve a four-point lead over second-placed FC Mika and
clinch their ninth consecutive Armenian title.

Tadevosyan treble

The Yerevan side were in danger of being taken to their final fixture
when Shirak levelled the scores on 47 minutes through Felix Khojoyan,
after Albert Tadevosyan had given Pyunik the lead shortly before the
break. The 19-year-old striker scored again on 52 and 66 minutes to
make it 62 points from 27 matches, leaving Mika to settle for second
place with FC Ulis Yerevan in third. "I am happy with our victory
because it is always difficult for us to play at Shirak," said Pyunik
coach Vardan Minasyan. "The lads were committed and proved their
excellence. Despite that win and our new league title we will not
celebrate anything now. We still have one match to play at a high
level and it is only after that that we will have some rest."

Ulis landmark
Mika won 2-1 against FC Kilikia to secure the runners-up spot for the
third time, after 2004 and 2005, while Ulis were 3-2 victors at FC
Banants to earn a top-three finish for the first time in their
history. Sevada Arzumanyan's charges flew out of the blocks and were
two up before the break as Artyom Adamyan and Armen Tigranyan punished
Banants for defensive lapses. Norayr Gyozalyan got one back only for
Aleksandr Petrosyan to restore the two-goal margin. "I am happy for
the players, for myself and I congratulate all our fans," said
Arzumanyan. "This is our first big success and I hope it will not be
the last one."

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