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Iskra-Stal taste first Moldovan Cup success

Valeriy Chaliy hailed a "historic occasion" for his FC Iskra-Stal team after Oleksandr Suchu and Evgheni Gorodeţchi secured a 2-1 win against FC Olimpia Balti in the Moldovan Cup final.

Iskra-Stal ended the season with some silverware
Iskra-Stal ended the season with some silverware ©Boris Kharchenko

Goals from Oleksandr Suchu and Evgheni Gorodeţchi earned FC Iskra-Stal a historic 2-1 win against FC Olimpia Balti as they won their maiden Moldovan Cup.

A close contest was always anticipated in light of Iskra-Stal having pipped Olimpia to a fifth-place finish in the league on goal difference. Iskra-Stal started the brighter, and were rewarded for their dominance when Suchu headed in Gorodeţchi's corner on 11 minutes. Olimpia soon levelled, however, thanks to Gheorghe Ovseannicov's long-range strike.

Three minutes later Gorodeţchi's speculative free-kick put Iskra-Stal ahead for the second time. In a second half of few chances, Jean-Robens Jerome went closest for Olimpia, hitting the post from close range. Iskra-Stal's reward is a place in next season's UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Isrka-Stal coach Valeriy Chaliy told "I'm full of emotions. Everything was literally flying in the changing room. We played as planned before the game. We wanted to put our opponents under a lot of pressure early on and score a quick goal − and we succeeded. I consider this win a historic occasion for our club and city of Ribnita."

Nicolae Rudac, the Isrka-Stal skipper, added: "I fully agree with our coach. It is a really big win. Everybody wrote us off before the season, but we proved our ability. We deserved to win."