Ermis move top in relegation group

Ermis move top in relegation group



Date Home Team Score Away Team
28-Apr-18 Doxa Katokopias 2 - 3 Ermis Aradippou
29-Apr-18 Nea Salamina 3 - 1 Olympiakos Nicosia
30-Apr-18 Pafos 1 - 1 Alki Oroklini

The relegation group action continued over the weekend with Olympiakos having already sealed their fate in next year’s second division, making the remaining games indifferent as far as relegation goes.The only thing left to fight for is bragging rights for the team that will finish first.

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At the Makareio Stadium in Nicosia, Doxa Katokopias hosted Ermis Aradippou. Doxa gained an early lead after sixteen minutes of play with a superb free kick from Vasilis Papafotis, but Ermis responded four minutes later with Fred Tsoumou’s header to make things even. In the 36th minute, captain Giannis Taralidis doubled Ermis goals to send his side ahead 2:1 going into halftime. Four minutes into the second half, Dimitris Kyprianou scored another for the visitors to give his side a two goal advantage. Doxa improved as the time progressed and wasted many chances until Papafotis chipped the ball over Giannis Arampatzis to cut the deficit to 3:2. However, nothing changed in the remaining minutes and Ermis moved into 1st place in the group, two points above Doxa. 

Already relegated Olympiakos visited the Ammochostos Stadium to face Nea Salamina. The first half did not produce much and the half time break saw both teams scoreless to the locker rooms. However, the hosts wasted no time to get on the scoreboard after the restart as Carlao found the back of the net for Salamina just a minute after the restart. Thiago doubled the host’s lead in the 64th minute, while a successful penalty kick in the 80th minute from Ioannis Kousoulos made it an emphatic 3:0 scoreline for Salamina. Another penalty was awarded three minutes later for Olympiakos and Romeu Torres formed the final 3:1 scoreline. Nea Salamina sit in 3rd place just a point short of Doxa. 

At the Pafiako Stadium, Pafos FC and Alki Oroklinis played to a 1:1 draw. The visitors wasted two big chances to grab and early lead through Dylan Duventru and Fabricio Simoes and despite Pafos’ improvement to balance out the play, the first half remained goalless. The deadlock was finally broken in the 72nd minute with a penalty kick from Fabricio, who netted his 19th goal of the season. There was late drama in the 88th minute as Aleksandr Dovbnia equalised for Pafos, to produce a rather fair result for both teams. Alki are 4th while Pafos are three points behind in 5th. 

by Marios Antoniou
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