Wins for Doxa, Paralimni, Alki

Wins for Doxa, Paralimni, Alki
 

CYPRIOT 1st DIV: RELEGATION PLAYOFFS (MATCHDAY 7)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
12-May-19 Alki Oroklini 1 - 0 Anorthosis
12-May-19 Doxa Katokopias 1 - 0 Ermis Aradippou
12-May-19 Pafos 0 - 2 Paralimni

In the penultimate matchday of the Cypriot First Division relegation group, Doxa Katokopias won 1:0 at home to Ermis Aradippou, but Enosis Neon Paralimni kept the pace with a 2:0 away win at Pafos FC. Meanwhile, Alki Oroklini had a trick of their own up their sleeves with a 1:0 win at home to Anorthosis. 

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Doxa Katokopias hosted Ermis Aradippou at the Makario Stadio in Nicosia. On the 17 minute mark, Doxa pulled ahead when Ioannis Hadjivasilis found Luis Carlos in some space, and he beat Giannis Firinidis to give Doxa the lead. Paris Psaltis unleashed a bullet to try to respond, but Armin Gremsl made a great save to keep Doxa ahead. Doxa went into the half with a 1:0 lead.

In the second half, Ermis kept at it, trying to equalize. David Kuagica had a shot saved by Gremsl, he got his own rebound, but missed the net. Vasilis Papafotis tried to put the match away, but Firinidis denied him with a highlight reel save. Despite that, the equalizer never came, and Doxa earned a critical 1:0 win at home to Ermis Aradippou.

Pafos FC hosted Enosis Neon Paralimni at the Stelios Kyriakidis Stadium in Paphos. Deniss Rakels had a good chance for the hosts early on, but Boris Klaiman made the save. In general, Pafos dictated the play throughout the first half, but neither side could score, and there was no score at the half.

The match turned early in the second half, when Vasilis Vallianos was clipped in the box, and a penalty was awarded. Jens Cools was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, Vallianos wasn’t anywhere near the ball, but it was the correct call. Minas Antoniou took the penalty, and sent Evgenios Petrou the wrong way, and it was 1:0 for Enosis in the 53rd minute. Adam Nemec, the leading scorer so far this season, nearly equalized, but Klaiman was ready for him, and kicked out his leg to make the save. Vallianos made things happen again, this time in a more conventional way, as he had a shot on goal. Petrou made the save, but the rebound came right to Ioannis Pittas, and the 58th minute goal extended the Paralimni lead to 2:0. Pafos started to get frustrated and Bryan Angulo elbowed Dimitris Moulazimis in the face. Moulazimis clearly sold it, but the red card Angulo saw was still warranted. Pafos were arguably the better team, but couldn’t make it count, and Enosis kept their chances alive with a massive 2:0 away win over Pafos FC.

Alki Oroklini hosted Anorthosis at the Stadio Ammochostos in Larnaca. Nicolas Stefanelli played a good ball for Michal Duris, who did the hard part in rounding Urko Pardo, but then his finish failed him as he hit the side of the net. El Hedi Belameiri had a go, but Francis Uzoho made a nice save to keep the ball out. Neither side could break through, and there was no score at halftime.

The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute, with an absolutely stunning goal. Ivan Carlos curled a shot, perfectly into the top corner, no chance for Uzoho. That ended up being the decisive moment in the match and Alki pulled off a somewhat shocking 1:0 win at home to Anorthosis.

So, what does that mean for the standings? Despite the loss, Anorthosis are atop the relegation group in 7th place. They’re also the only team that’s completely safe. Alki move up to 8th place, but they’re not completely in the clear on 35 points. Also on 35 points are 9th place Pafos FC. In 10th place, on 32 points is Doxa Katokopias. They are clinging to safety only via tiebreaker. Enosis Neon Paralimni are in the drop zone, but again, tied with Doxa with one matchday to go. Ermis Aradippou are in last place with 13 points, they will of course be going down to the Second Division next season.

 

by Andreas Mantzas

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