By Iacovos Constantinou
Joan Tomas’s first half strike was enough to give AEK Larnaca all three points against Omonia while APOEL continued their winning start with a comfortable 3-1 against Ayia Napa.
In front of just 3.500 fans Omonia produced their worst display of the season and were inflicted with their first (home) defeat.
The goal came in AEK’s first attacking foray just before the half hour mark. Tomas received the ball on the edge of the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Moreira, the Omonia keeper.
Omonia tried to up the tempo in the second half and missed a couple of chances through Pote and Grigalashvili.
However it is worth noting that Omonia had just five attempts on goal and none were on target. Their coach Kaiafas admitted that his team’s performance was woeful but said that with two games coming up in quick succession they will have to put this game behind them.
Ermis Aradippou produced an excellent performance and deservedly defeated Anorthosis in Larnaca.
It was new coach Pavasilliou’s first win and the only complaint he may have was that his team converted just one of at least seven scoring opportunities.
The goal that decided the game came in the 21st minute when Man of the Match Ibraimi beat his marker and crossed for De Azevedo to tap in from close range.
Title favourites APOEL continued their winning start to the season claiming their third straight win as they defeated Ayia Napa by 3-1.
APOEL’s coach rested seven of his outfield players that started the Barcelona game, but such is the Nicosia’s team squad depth that the contest was over by the break. John Arne Riise marked his debut with two assists for Soteriou and Manduca with Charalambides opening the score in the tenth minute.
Othellos Athienou, newcomers to the first division, scored their first ever win in the top flight when they beat Doxa Katokopias by 2-0.
Tiago and Panayiotou gave the home team a comfortable first half lead which they managed to hang onto with relative ease in the second half.
Nea Salamina recorded their first win when they beat early season table toppers Ethnikos Achnas. Goals from Enrique and Pedrito gave the Famagusta team a 2-0 lead before Stoller grabbed a late consolation goal for Ethnikos.