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Relegation-threatened Ayia Napa earn vital win, Ermis end poor run of form

By Iacovos Constantinou

Ayia Napa produced the biggest upset so far in the league, defeating Omonia by 2-1 in Nicosia while Ermis’ poor run ended when they edged past AEL in a five goal thriller.

Leaders APOEL and second placed Apollon had few problems against Ethnikos Achnas and Doxa Katokopias respectively while gutsy Othellos deservedly picked up a point against AEK Larnaca.

Few people gave bottom of the table Ayia Napa any chance of getting anything out of their trip to GSP to face Omonia.

After a goalless first half Omonia took the lead through Pote in the 60th minute and just as everyone was expecting the home team to go on and win the game, the visitors hit back with two goals in as many minutes.

Panayiotov brought the game level in the 68th minute with a free header at the far post and then a minute later Haber fed Kolokoudias who beat Giorgallides from just inside the area with a crisp strike.

Despite the win Ayia Napa’s coach Kosmas said that his team still has a lot of work to do if they want to stay in the top flight while Omonia’s Kaiafas took full responsibility for the defeat but refused to reply as to whether he will quit his job.

AEL’s Ivaylo Petev is another manager feeling the pressure after his team lost to Ermis and who are now 10 points off the top.

It could not have started any better for AEL as they took the lead in the 2nd minute through Danielzinio. Ermis, however, fought back with goals from Ibraimi and Onilo before AEL’s Bebe converted a penalty to send the teams level at the break.

Kyraikou’s second yellow card in the 56th minute gave the numerical advantage to the visitors who managed to strike the winner with a second from Onilo.

APOEL made light work of their trip to Achna as they defeated Ethnikos by 4-0. Cillian Sheridan scored twice with Alexandrou adding a third and leading scorer Gustavo Manduca getting the fourth.

However it was not all good news for APOEL as both Aloneftis and Manduca picked up injuries ahead of their mid-week game against PSG and are rated as doubtful.

Apollon kept up the pressure on APOEL with a deserved 3-1 win over Doxa.

Gaston Sangoy grabbed a brace early on in the game with Lopes adding a third. The only thing Doxa could manage was a consolation goal though Emanuel.

In the last game of the weekend Othellos Athienou and AEK shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

AEK took the lead through Mitides with Othellos equalizing on the stroke of halftime through Khmaladze.
Despite playing for the last 25 minutes with ten men Othellos hung on to take a deserved point.

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