Away wins for Salamina and Doxa

Away wins for Salamina and Doxa

CYPRIOT SOCCER - ROUND 16

Date Home Team Score Away Team
12-Jan-19 Pafos 1 - 3 Nea Salamina
12-Jan-19 Paralimni 0 - 1 Doxa Katokopias

Nea Salamina earned a 3:1 away win over Pafos FC, and they weren’t the only road warriors, as Doxa Katokopias also won away, 1:0 over Enosis Neon Paralimni.

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Pafos FC hosted Nea Salamina at the Stelios Kyriakides Stadium in Paphos. Matija Sirok provided an early test for the hosts, but Robert Veselovsky did well to sprawl out and make the save. Konstantinos Mintikkis fired a shot from distance and it surprised Joel Mall and hit the back of the net. Mall was out of position, but it was a nice shot nonetheless, and good enough for a 26th minute goal. Andreas Panayiotou Filiotis tried to respond, but Veselovsky was there again. Salamina took this 1:0 lead into the halftime break.

In the second half, Charles Eloundou set up Daniel Sikorski for a powerful header, Mall made the save to keep the hosts in it. Then Kingsley Onuegbu with an individual effort drew a penalty and was allowed to finish his own play, an 80th minute penalty doubled the Salamina advantage. Bryan Angulo gave his side hope with an 87th minute goal, a cool finish past Veselovsky, but a stoppage time goal by Farshad Noor dashed any such hopes, and it was another long distance goal that Mall should have had. In the end, it was a 3:1 win for Nea Salamina over Pafos FC. It was an important win for Salamina, they improve to 4th place and inch closer to their improbable place in the playoffs. Pafos remain in 10th.

Enosis Neon Paralimni hosted Doxa Katokopias at the Tasos Markou Municipal Stadium in Paralimni. The pivotal moment in this match came very early, as in the third minute, Luis Carlos intercepted a pass and bore down on the Enosis goal, and he beat Boris Klaiman to open the scoring. Doxa continued to pressure Klaiman throughout the first half, Berat Sadik was denied by Klaiman, and another good chance off the boot of Nils Zatl only narrowly missed the net. Doxa however would have to settle for a 1:0 halftime advantage.

Doxa carried the play in the second half as well, but Enosis had their share of chances. It looked like they would have a golden opportunity to level the match when Gonzalo Zarate was fouled hard in the box. The call could have gone either way, but ultimately, nothing was given to the chagrin of Zarate. Last call for the hosts as Chigozie Udoji had the ball, his shot didn’t make it through, but it was only cleared as far as Zarate, his effort was saved by Armin Gremsl, but he needed some help from Nektarios Alexandrou, who cleared it off the line, and Doxa hung on for the 1:0 win, the early goal stood up. This result did not alter the standings. Doxa remain in 8th place, Enosis remain in 11th place.

 

by Andrew Mantzas

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