AEK and Anorthosis take derbies, Surprise result for Pafos (Matchday 4 Recap)

AEK and Anorthosis take derbies, Surprise result for Pafos (Matchday 4 Recap)
 

CYPRIOT FIRST DIVISION - MATCHDAY 3

Date Home Team Score Away Team
16-Sep-17 AEK Larnakas 1 - 0 AEL Limassol
16-Sep-17 Pafos 2 - 1 Omonia
16-Sep-17 Ethnikos Achnas 1 - 2 Olymp. Nicosia
17-Sep-17 Doxa 4 - 1 Nea Salamis
17-Sep-17 Alki Oroklini 3 - 3 Aris
18-Sep-17 Apollon 4 - 2 Ermis
18-Sep-17 APOEL 0 - 1 Anorthosis

Marios Antoniou from AGONAsport.com brings you a full recap of Matchday 4 in the Cypriot First Division. Full standings and schedule can be found here. Highlights for each match can be found here.

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AEK Larnaka were the big winners in the derby with AEL Limassol at the AEK Arena with the hosts grabbing the 1-0 victory. The Larnakeis were the better side in the first half and Larena’s well-placed free kick five minutes before halftime proved to be the winner. Not much changed in the second half as AEK controlled the game and recorded an important win, their third in three games. 

Pafos FC shocked Omonia by pulling off a surprise 2-1 win over the Nicosia giants. Omonia wasted many chances during the game, however Pafos’ Camara opened the scoring in the 60th minute. Omonoia responded eleven minutes later with Matt Derbyshire, but Janza’s spot kick 13 minutes from time put the hosts in front again. Despite Omonia’s pressure, Pafos held on to celebrate their first win of the season. 

Olympiakos Nicosia earned an important 1-2 win on the road over Ethnikos Achnas. Torres opened the scoring for the visitors in the 10th minute, who were the better side in the first half, before Ethnikos equalised early in the second half with Pinceli. Olympiakos regained the lead with Castro’s 60th minute goal, which was enough for the Nicosia side to record their first win of the season. 

Doxa impressed in a 4-1 win over Nea Salamina at the Makareio Stadium. Sadik put the hosts in front 11 minutes into the game and Asamoah’s rocket doubled Doxa’s lead before halftime. Luis Carlos scored Doxa’s third in the 62nd minute, before Makriev pulled one back for Salamina nine minutes later. Kenidy formed the final scoreline with a stoppage time goal, capping off an impressive performance for Doxa.  

Alki Oroklinis and Aris Limassol split six goals in an entertaining 3-3 draw in Nicosia. The Limassol side opened the scoring with Medjedovic in the 18th minute and Alki equalised with Fabricio 16 minutes later. Alki managed to take the lead with Semedo in the 66th minute, before Aris quickly pulled level with Fragkos just three minutes later. Alki wasted no time to regain the lead as Fabricio found the back of the net four minutes later, however a late goal by Maragkoudakis snatched a point for the visitors. 

Apollon were the better side against Ermis in Limassol, but had to come from behind to secure their first win in the campaign. Ermis shocked the hosts with Weeks’ 33rd minute goal, but Martinez equalised for the hosts just before half time. Emeghara put Ermis back in front early in the second half, but once again Apollon responded with Zelaya’s n the 71st minute. The same player found the winner in second half stoppage time and Roberge added another to give Apollon a late 4-2 victory. 

Anorthosis were the big winners over the weekend as they defeated the defending champions APOEL 0-1 in Nicosia. Joao Victor’s header in the 30th minute gave the Famagusta side the lead while the hosts seemed fatigued after their midweek game against Real Madrid. Anorthosis kept their lead comfortably and held on for the surprise 0-1 win at the final whistle. There was late drama in Nicosia as both sides were awarded penalties with neither side converting from the spot. First, APOEL’s De Camargo struck wide, throwing away the chance to equalise, before Waterman denied Rayo’s effort, failing to double Anorthosis’ lead. Anorthosis now lead the table with 10 points from four games while APOEL sit back on three points from only two games played.

 
by: Marios Antoniou
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