By Iacovos Constantinou
TWO games into the Cyprus football league season, and the name of Ethnikos Achnas rests at the top of the table following a hard-earned draw in Limassol against AEL.
In the other Monday night games, Omonia defeated Anorthosis while Apollonas scored an easy away win against Ermis Aradippou.
A late goal by towering defender Gora Tull gave Ethnikos a rather unexpected but deserved point against AEL at the Tsirion stadium. AEL had taken the lead through Cantou but Pinceli levelled the score from the penalty spot.
A powerful Gikievicz header restored the lead for the home team until the 88th minute when Gora Tull’s looping header beat AEL’s keeper Romero to stun the home team and send Ethnikos to the top of the table.
A late goal by Cypriot striker Onisiforos Roushias gave Omonia all three points in a five-goal thriller against Anorthosis at the GSP stadium.
It was a pulsating game as in the first forty-five minutes alone, there were fifteen attempts on goal with the visitors unlucky to end the half trailing by two goals to one.
Both the Omonia goals came from Pote while Anorthosis had briefly levelled the score through Ende.
Anorthosis equalised midway into the second half through a superb strike from Iacovenko until Roushias’ 88th-minute winner.
Apollonas, buoyed by their Europa League success in Moscow last week, had few problems in overcoming last season’s Cup finalists Ermis Aradippou.
Thuram gave the Limassol team an early lead with Rezek (from the penalty spot) and Meriem scoring after the break to give Apollonas a comfortable lead.
Five minutes from time, Papathanasiou netted a consolation goal for the home team.
On Sunday, champions APOEL managed to defeat plucky AEK Larnaca in a game that could have gone either way. Veteran striker Gustavo Manduca was APOEL’s saviour grabbing both goals after coming on as a second-half substitute for the tired looking Nuno Morais.
Two more games were played over the weekend with Nea Salamina recording their first win, defeating newcomers Othellos Athienou with Monteiro getting the only goal of the game.
Doxa came back from behind twice against Ayia Napa with Kolokoudias and Haber scoring for the home team, while Ricardo Fernandes scored both the Doxa goals, the second just before the final whistle.