By Iacovos Constantinou
THE 76th Cyprus football championship got underway this weekend with four games.
In Limassol, AEK Larnaca produced the first upset of the season when they thrashed one of the main title contenders Apollon 5-2.
AEK had taken a two-goal lead through Boljevic and Colautti but Apollon managed to equalise in the last five minutes of the first half with Meriem and Papoulis getting the goals.
Having drawn level just before the break it was expected that the Limassol team would go on and win the game but it was AEK who started the second half with all guns blazing.
After missing a number of chances they eventually regained the lead through Colautti and a few minutes later, Tomas converted a penalty after Hamdani had upended Kyprianou.
The impressive Tomas finished off the rout when he raced onto a through ball to slot the past the hapless Vale.
AEL meanwhile escaped from the Ammochostos stadium with all three points thanks largely to their goalkeeper Romero who produced a string of fine saves in the first half to thwart the Salamina forward line, and especially Chidi.
In the second half AEL upped the tempo and gained control of the game and managed to take the lead through Shellis on the hour mark.
Bebe, who had come on as a second half substitute, doubled the score when he let fly from just outside the area, giving the Salamina kepper Brooks no chance.
On Saturday, Ermis Aradippou had few problems in defeating Doxa Katokopias 2-0. It was evident from the start that Ermis were the better team but they had to wait until the 55th minute to take the lead through Moran.
Close season signing Onyilo made sure of all three points when he took advantage of poor defending to slide the ball past Fernando.
In the final game of the weekend Ethnikos Achnas overcame newly promoted Ayia Napa 2-1. Valdo had opened the score for Ethnikos in the 15th minute only for Antoniou to equalise against the run of play.
Ethnikos got their deserved winner just before the break through Melo.