By Alexander McCowan
THE European Division 2B opener for Cyprus against Andorra in Paphos on Saturday was nothing like the walkover so many pundits were predicting.
The Andorrans came out determined to squash the opposition: the Moufflons being the only small country in Europe without a major sponsor and whose players are all amateurs. The Andies are semi-pros and well financed.
Until half-time it looked like their prediction was correct. The Moufflons were weak and disorganised, when the iconic George Agathocleous was sent off, it looked liked curtains for the world record holders. However, the second half was, as they say, another story.
In the first half the Andies dominated, and in the view of some observers, bullied the Cypriots, but the Moufflon backs, who were always superior, came into their own after half-time. The boot of the ever reliable Zavalis, the speed of Jack Antoniou, the Henley express, and new man Steve Awoa—da rock—turned everything around.
With gorgeous George back on the field the Cypriots triumphed 30-10.