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AEL remain top dogs with comfortable win

AELS match winner Bebe

By Iacovos Constantinou

AEL continued their impressive form in the league with a comfortable 2-0 win over Nea Salamina on Sunday thus maintaining their two point lead from fellow Limassolians Apollonas.

The diminutive Bebe grabbed both goals for AEL, one in each half, who were in control of the game from start to finish. Nea Salamina were woeful and were lucky to be trailing by just a single goal in the first half.

Apollonas had overtaken AEL at the top for 24 hours after a comprehensive 3-1 away win to Aek Kouklion on Saturday. Apollonas had raced to a 3-0 lead, with Greek striker Paboulis notching a couple before the home side replied with fifteen minutes to go.

The team from Kouklia have now slipped closer towards the relegation zone, but still have a six point cushion from Paralimni who beat fellow strugglers Aris 4-1 to record only their second league win. Paralimni’s win gives them a glimmer of hope to gradually climb out of the relegation zone.

Apoel continued their resurgence under Greek coach Donis with an emphatic 3-0 win over Ermis Aradippou. Argentinian De Vincenti, a January signing for Apoel, grabbed a brace with Aloneftis scoring the third. It was one of Apoel’s best displays this season even though it has to be said Ermis was deprived of at least six outfield players who would have normally made the starting eleven due to suspensions and injuries. The win moved Apoel into third leapfrogging Ermis.

It seemed that Anorthosis’ bad run would continue when they fell behind to a Silas goal early on in the game against Ethnikos Achnas. However they fought back, equalizing through an own goal and securing all three points with Roberto Colautti’s eleventh goal of the season. Ethnikos’s had to finish the game with ten men after Silas received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Everybody believed that yesterdays clash between AEK Larnaca and Omonia would have been the day’s top game. Unfortunately it was a dour spectacle with chances few and far between, both teams content on not losing rather than trying to win. The only talking point of the game, even mentioned by the Omonia coach during the after match press conference, was whether the referee had added enough injury time!

Doxa Katokopias returned to winning ways with an easy 5-1 win against bottom of the table and relegation bound Alki. The team from Katokopia proved too strong for Alki, leading at half-time through a Leonardo goal and netting four more times after the break. Due to point deductions because of financial irregularities Alki have minus 24 (-24) points.

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