By Iacovos Constantinou
APOEL returned to the top of the table following their easy win against Ermis and Apollon’s defeat in Nicosia by Omonia on Saturday. Anorthosis impressed with their 3-0 demolition of ‘in-form’ AEK Larnaca while at the foot of the table Othellos remained rooted at the bottom after they could only draw against fellow strugglers Ayia Napa.
Ton Caanen’s suffered defeat in his first game in charge of Apollon as his team slumped to their seventh defeat of the season. Apollon started the game brightly and could have gone ahead early on in the game but Omonia’s young keeper produced two excellent saves to thwart first Guie and then Lopez.
Omonia took the lead in the 17th minute through Skembri who tapped the ball into an empty net after Apollon’s keeper Vale could only parry Nuno Assis’ shot into the path of the Maltese international.
Despite both creating a number of good scoring chances till the end of the half neither side were able to capitalise.
The second half was a complete contrast to the first with neither side being able to break down the opposing defence. Efforts were limited to long range strikes as Omonia hung on to a valuable win.
Anorthosis took the lead in only their first dangerous attack of the game on the half hour mark through Ende.
Consalves doubled the score in the 63rd minute with Andreas Avraam adding a third three minutes from time.
It could all have been so different for AEK had Tomas been able to convert a 25th minute penalty and had Monteiro not squandered two excellent chances in the first quarter of the game.
After the weekend results three teams, Omonia, AEK and Anorthosis are separated by just two points with Omonia, just three points off second place.
APOEL had few problems in overcoming the indifferent Ermis by 3-0 with Rafik Djebbour scoring twice and German Lanig getting the third. With their win APOEL moved two points clear at the top.
Following the decision to increase the number of first division sides for next season just one team will now be relegated with Othellos Athienou favourite for the drop.
Othellos Athienou could only draw with Ayia Napa in an exciting game at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium.
Ayia Napa twice took the lead through Haber and Marchev but Othellos fought back to parity with goals from Tiago and Green.
Doxa pulled three points off the relegation zone with a 2-0 win against Ethnikos Achnas while in the last game of the weekend Nea Salamina and AEL settled for a 1-1 draw.