By Iacovos Constantinou
A goal in each half was enough to give AEL all three points against Anorthosis and maintain their four point lead in the Cyprus football championship over second-placed APOEL who had earlier defeated Alki.
Even though AEL had to wait until the 77th minute to make the game safe, when Idabdelhay headed past Anorthosis keepr Valverde, they were in control and were rarely troubled by the home team.
AEL had taken the lead in the 17th minute through Kaluderovic, after some good work by Monteiro on the right and even though Anorthosis tried to up the tempo and put some pressure on AEL they never seemed likely to score.
It was a professional performance by AEL and as their Bulgarian coach Ivaylo Petev said in the post-game press conference: “We came here to win and I am happy we achieved this even though it was not a great game of football.”
As expected APOEL defeated bottom of the table Alki 3-1 with the goals coming from Morais, Kaka and Santin, with Kyprianou netting his team’s consolation after APOEL keeper Chiotis slipped while trying to clear the ball.
APOEL had another reason to smile about as their nimble Paraguayan striker Aldo Adorno returned to action after a year-long absence through injury giving APOEL coach Donis another option up front.
With the second leg of the Cup game against Omonia coming up this Wednesday Apollon were eager to sew up the game against Enosis Neon Paralimniou as quickly as possible.
They managed to do so as the game was virtually over in the first third when the Limassol team raced into a three goal lead. Top scorer Gaston Sangoy netted twice with Papoulis hitting the third.
Ermis Aradippou managed to overcome AEK Larnaca by two goals to one despite trailing to a Green strike at half time. Ermis was by far the better team and deservedly won this contest. However the game was littered by bad refereeing decisions as all three goals should not have stood. The ‘pick’ of the ref’s mistakes was Ermis’ winner, a penalty, being awarded when the ball hit an opponent’s head.
Omonia defeated AEK Kouklion with relative ease despite the narrow scoreline. Skembri and Roubinio scored for Omonia with Veslem scoring for the visitors with nine minutes to go.
This win allows Omonia to stay in touch with the leading quartet.
Aris Limassol stayed perilously close to the automatic relegation zone as they went down to Vatti’s’ strike against Nea Salamina. The scorer seems to be something of a good luck charm for his team as they have won all four games this season that Vattis has scored.
Doxa Katokopias and Ethnikos Achnas shared the spoils in a one all draw in a game that Ethnikos needed to win much more than their opponents. Nevertheless Ethnikos are on a three-game unbeaten run and seem to have achieved some level of consistency since the arrival of their new coach Apostolos Makrides.