CYP 1st Div Matchday 24 Recap: Late winner for APOEL, Wins for Omonoia, AEL, Anorthosis

CYP 1st Div Matchday 24 Recap: Late winner for APOEL, Wins for Omonoia, AEL, Anorthosis


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

AGONAsport's Marios Antoniou and Andreas Mantzas bring you a full recap of Matchday 24 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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Doxa Katokopias visited already relegated Ethnikos Achnas and left with an easy 4-0 win to remain in 7th place. Narh and Mouchtaris gave an early two goal lead to the visitors as Sadik and a second goal from Mouchtaris formed the final scoreline deep in the second half.  

Ermis Aradippou grabbed an important 2-1 home win over Nea Salamina. The visitors started off as the better side, but wasted three important chances with Carlao. Taralidis punished the wasted opportunities as his stellar free kick in the 19th minute gave Ermis the lead. Carlao equalised in the 39th minute for Salamina and had a golden chance to give his side the lead two minutes later, but he was unable to push the ball into the net after a beautifully placed cross  from Thiago was played into the heart of Ermis defence. The second half had a slower pace and Ermis was the team that found the breakthrough with Martynyuk in the 61st minute, a goal that gave the home side all three points. Ermis are now 8th while Salamina sit back in 11th, four points clear of 12th placed Olympiakos.  

At the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Omonoia hosted Aris Limassol. Omonoia came out firing, and less than a minute in, Matt Derbyshire hit the crossbar. More pressure from Omonoia forced a corner, and Loukas Vyntra’s brilliant volley found the back of the net to record his first goal of the season. Aris came close to a quick equalizer, but Nikos Englezou’s effort was also denied by the woodwork as Omonoia controlled the play and took their 1-0 lead into the halftime break. Aris opened the second half with a good chance from a free kick, but Englezou’s free kick was saved by Andreas Christodoulou. Minutes later, Rafa Lopes received a pass, dribbled past two Aris defenders, and beat Edin Nuredinoski with a strike that found the roof of the net, extending Omonoia’s lead to 2-0. Theophilus Solomon added a late marker as the clock hit the 90th minute, giving the hosts a 3-0 win. The result keeps Omonoia in 6th place while Aris remain in 13th.

Elsewhere in the capital, Olympiakos Nicosia hosted Anorthosis. In the early going, both sides had good chances to open the scoring. Ruben Rayos had a stunning volley that was saved by Isli Hidi before the deadlock was broken, as Calo spotted a wide open Michal Duris, who had no problem converting Calo’s cross into a 1-0 lead. Olympiakos would nearly answer less than a minute later, but rather, Duris made it 2-0 just before the half as he caught Hidi too far out of his net, and chipped the out of position keeper to double Anorthosis’ lead at halftime. Olympiakos were able to generate possession in the second half, but failed to threaten Ariel Harush’s goal. Danijel Pranjic added a third of the night for the visitors as they cruised to a 3-0 away win. Anorthosis improve to 3rd place in the league as Olympiakos remain in 12th.

APOEL’s great escape from Pafos was the headline of what happened between the table leaders and the rejuvenated home side. The Galazokitrinoi started as the better side having the possession and looking to open the score, while Pafos were dangerous in the counterattack with Sikorski and Berigaud. APOEL’s pressure brought results with Zahid opening the score in the 32nd minute, after Ebecilio served the ball on a platter with a stunning back-heel pass. Three minutes into the second half, Zahid was now the provider as his pinpoint pass found the head of Delatorre and the Brazilian striker doubled the visitors lead. After falling behind 2-0, Pafos came out of their shells and got back into the game with Berigaud scoring in the 64th minute. Poté came into the game helping APOEL improve on the pitch, but Berigaud striked again in the 79th minute to bring Pafos level at two a piece. The experienced Frenchman showed his class and equalised for Pafos, turning the game into a thriller for the final minutes. Lucas Soouza though, turned out to be the man to save the day for APOEL as he scored in stoppage time to form the 3-2 final scoreline in favor of the defending champions as the Nicosia side kept their two point advantage atop the standings from 2nd place Apollon. 

In Monday’s game, Alki Oroklini hosted AEL Limassol in Larnaca. AEL swarmed the Alki net early and often, and it was Joan Roman who opened the scoring for the hosts after Alki keeper, Urko Pardo, spilled the ball leaving Roman with an easy task in front of goal. Just 5 minutes later, Manuel Torres made it 2-0 with a curling shot that Pardo had little chance of stopping. Alki would get a good chance to pull one back through Fabricio, but his attempt on net was saved by Vozinha, who also managed to deny the hosts from the resulting rebound. Just before the halftime break, AEL’s Roman was taken down in the box, and a penalty was awarded. David Teixeira took the penalty and calmly beat Pardo, who went the wrong way, giving AEL a 3-0 lead at the half. Alki, however, did not give up as a nifty passing play was finished off by Geoffrey Malfleury to put Alki on the board early in the second half. An Andre Teixeira own goal saw Alki pull within one goal as the hosts kept the momentum going for an equalizer, but a series of saves by Vozinha kept AEL ahead. David Teixeira provided the valuable insurance marker midway through the second half as AEL hung on for a 4-2 win keeping them 5th in the league standings as Alki remain in 10th.

In Limassol, Apollon defeated AEK Larnaca 2-0 at home. More on that match here.

by: Marios Antoniou & Andreas Mantzas
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