By Iacovos Constantinou
AEL were 4-1 winners of the big weekend game against Anorthosis, while ten-man Omonia defeated Ermis.
Doxa recorded their first league win of the season away to Ethnikos Achnas and AEK had to wait until the very last minute to bag all three points against Ayia Napa.
At the ‘behind closed doors’ Tsirion stadium, AEL took the lead through Danielzinhio on the half hour mark in an otherwise cagey first half where defences were very much in control. Polish striker Gigiewitz doubled the score for the Limassol team just after the break when the ball rebounded off his chest and into the net.
Anorthosis managed to hit back early through Iacovenko but Edmar restored AEL’s two-goal lead and Stavrou completed the score late on.
The final score-line flattered the home side but Anorthosis coach Andre Paous made no excuses saying: “We controlled the game for long periods but what counts in football is to score and in this area AEL were much superior.”
Omonia had to play all but the first 15 minutes of their game against Ermis Aradippou with ten players after their keeper Moreira was red carded for handling outside his box.
However Omonia put in a gutsy performance and their numerical disadvantage was never exposed by their opponents.
Omonia took the lead through Pote, who has now scored five of his team’s seven goals, with the winner coming from Fofana nine minutes from the end. Moran had levelled for Ermis just before the break.
Lowly Doxa Katokopias pulled off the shock of the round recording their first league win of the season against high-flying Ethnikos Achnas.
It was a spirited performance by Doxa who had their keeper Gomes in excellent form, keeping Ethnikos’ strikers at bay. Their goals came from Ramos and veteran Portuguese midfielder Ricardo Fernandez.
Ethnikos had equalised briefly through Pinto.
Ayia Napa were just a few seconds away from causing the second weekend upset but a Boljevic strike deep into injury time gave all three points to AEK Larnaca.
Ayia Napa had taken the lead early in the first half through Markoski but Colautti netted the equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
In the second half AEK dominated play and created a host of goal-scoring opportunities but had to wait until the 90th minute to claim all three points.
Leaders APOEL and Apollonas complete this week’s fixtures on Monday night with tricky away ties against Othellos Athienou (18.30) and Nea Salamina (20.00) respectively.
Champions APOEL were in action on Monday night, when they continued their impressive start to the season with a very late 2-1 away win over Othellos Athienou. Second-placed Apollon meanwhile suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at Nea Salamina.