By Iacovos Constantinou
Bottom of the table Ayia Napa produced the first major upset of the season as they held high-flyers Anorthosis to a draw while AEK Larnaca escaped from Limassol with all three points after they defeated AEL. On Saturday Omonia and Apollon drew while Doxa recorded their first win of the season after overcoming Aris by two goals to one.
Few would have expected Ayia Napa to get anything out of their away game against Anorthosis and more so after the home team had doubled their lead thanks to a (dubious) penalty, converted by Ndlovou early in the second half.
Anorthosis’ two goal lead lasted just a couple of minutes as Ibson was allowed to race clear and beat Anorthosis’ keeper Koprivec from just inside the area. Ayia Napa had exposed Anorthosis’ backline on a number of occasions in the first half spurning great opportunities to score and were twice stopped incorrectly by the assistants overzealous flagging.
The goal sparked the home team into action. Wave after wave of attacks saw Ndlovou, Pele, Makris (twice) and Martinez all being denied by Ayia Napa’s excellent keeper Kittos. The visitors hung on and two minutes from the end Antoniou headed past Koprivec for the equalizer.
In the remaining few minutes both sides missed glorious opportunities to snatch the three points but had to settle for a point each with Ayia Napa the happier of the two teams.
Tomas’ goal was enough to keep AEK at the top as they managed to overcome AEL at the Tsireion.
AEK have a perfect away record with four clean sheets but on this occasion they have the woodwork to thank as AEL were twice denied, first by the crossbar and then by the post.
The only goal of the game came in the 26th minute when Tomas tapped the ball in from close range after AEL’s keeper could only parry the ball into his path.
Saturday’s big game between Omonia and Apollon in Nicosia ended goalless with the home side the unhappier of the two as they dominated play, especially in the second half.
Chances were few and far between with Omonia’s Sheridan failing to find the target from a difficult angle and Kirm’s long range effort bouncing off the post.
The best chance of the game fell to Apollon’s Guiye who failed to beat Omonia’s keeper Panayi when clean through on goal.
Nea Salamina’s three game winning run came to an end after drawing their home tie against Paphos FC. Curcuric salvaged a point after netting in injury time. Paphos FC had taken a 52 minute lead through Maachi.
Ethnikos Achnas fought back from a two goal deficit to claim a point against Ermis Aradippou.
Ermis took an early two goal lead through Yiangoudakis and Latore but Pinceli pulled one back from the penalty spot with Obregon firing in the equalized in the last minute of the game.
Goals by Ricardo Fernandez and Lopo gave Doxa their first win of the season against Aris. In between Marangoudakis had restored parity.
All goals can be viewed at CFA’s website at http://www.cfa.com.cy/En/fixtures/2175542/2175545