By Iacovos Constantinou
THE second legs of the Cyprus Cup semi-finals will take place on Wednesday with Apollon defending a slender 2-1 lead when they travel to Larnaca to face Ermis Aradippou, while the winner of the other semi is all but official as favourites APOEL thumped four goals past Doxa Katokopias in the first leg.
Ermis Aradippou, the surprise team of the year, will be hoping to make it to the Cup final for the first time in their history. Their coach Nicos Panayiotou has been resting most of his key players during league games and hopes that this will give him the edge as the game progresses. The only absentee will be the injured Paulinhio.
Last season’s Cup winners Apollon, were impressive in their last league game against AEL last Saturday, and if they can reproduce such a performance they will be favourites to make it to the final. Experienced defender Karipidis and the versatile Goullon are back in the reckoning giving coach Christophorou a full squad to choose from.
APOEL’s coach is expected to field an almost second string team as the 4-1 win secured in the first leg leaves little hope for Doxa to stage any kind of comeback. Doxa, with concerns now over their first division survival may decide to follow suit and rest some players as well.
The Ermis v Apollon game kicks off at 18.00 while the Doxa v APOEL clash beginning at 16.00.