The Cyprus football championship has an unfamiliar tenant at the top of the table with Doxa Katokopias leading the charge along with Anorthosis after two rounds.
Three teams, Apoel, Apollon and Omonia have yet to play a league game this season while AEK got off the mark with a comfortable 2-0 win over Olympiakos.
In an eventful game, Doxa defeated Ermis Aradippou 2-1 thanks to a Tiago Gomes penalty in the final ten minutes.
Doxa had taken the lead through Papafotis in the 10th minute only for Ermis to equalise via Tsoumou ten minutes later.
In the second half Ermis took control of the game but failed to convert the many chances they created and were made to pay the price with Gomes’ late goal.
“We are a new team with many new faces and we can only get better,” said Anorthosis coach Rony Levy whose team needed an own-goal three minutes from the end to register their first win of the season against Alki Oroklinis.
The Famagusta team dominated play for most of the 90 minutes but their profligacy in front of goal almost cost them the win. It was perhaps no surprise that the only goal of the game came after a low cross by Anorthosis’ Pranic ricocheted of Alkis goalkeeper Stratilatis and into an empty net.
AEK managed to overcome their midweek European blues and defeat first division newcomers by 2-0 thanks to goals by Moisof and Acoran towards the end of each half.
It was not a pretty performance by AEK as their coach Imanol Idiakez admitted, but he did offer an explanation: “My players were clearly affected by their (European) elimination, for me what matters is the win and three points,” he said.
On Saturday Ethnikos Achnas bounced back from their defeat last week with a resounding 3-0 win over Pafos FC.
Russian striker Nikolai Kipiani opened the score for Ethnikos in the fifth minute while local striker Michalis Charalambous doubled the score seven minutes from the break.
Man of the match Kipiani grabbed a second midway into the second half.
In the final weekend game Aris and Nea Salamina shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Tsirion stadium.
Aris, much the better team in the opening half, opened the scoring through Marangoudakis but failed to build on their first-half dominance.
Nea Salamina improved after the break and manage to equalise through Damahou in the 64th minute but Aris could have stolen all three points in the final minute of the game had their striker Dino Medjedovic found the net with a close-range header.