Flora beat Kalju to lift Estonian Cup

FC Flora Tallinn coach Marko Lelov hailed his team for playing "a perfect match" after they won 3-1 against JK Nõmme Kalju to lift the Estonian Cup for the sixth time.

Flora are the Estonian Cup winners
Flora are the Estonian Cup winners ©Estonian FA

FC Flora Tallinn won their sixth Estonian Cup courtesy of a 3-1 defeat of JK Nõmme Kalju on Saturday.

Flora started the brighter of the two teams and were in front after 15 minutes, Andre Frolov's cross from the left poked in by Rauno Alliku. Markus Jürgensov then saved his team after Flora goalkeeper Marko Meerits' misjudgement presented Estonian First League leading scorer Hidetoshi Wakui with a clear opening.

Kalju did equalise one minute later thanks to a thumping header from Wakui, but Flora were back in front early in the second half, Frolov scoring from the penalty spot after Tihhon Šišov had felled Karl-Eerik Luigend.

Flora sat back on their lead thereafter but doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Markus Jürgenson burst into the box and curled a delightful effort into the bottom corner. Šišov's second yellow card made gave Flora even more breathing space and they saw out the game with minimal fuss.

"I said a few simple things to my team in the interval," said Flora coach Marko Lelov. "I asked them to play more calmly, not to be nervous, especially at the times Kalju were particularly dangerous. We played a perfect match it terms of carrying out our tactical plan. A big thanks to the guys – they were a super team today."