APOEL and AEK continued their quest for the championship with hard fought wins over Omonia and Anorthosis respectively. Apollon leapfrogged into third place after defeating Nea Salamina while Ermis plunged Ethnikos even deeper into the relegation mire.
APOEL recorded their eleventh consecutive win to stay three points clear at the top.
They had to come back from behind though to defeat their fierce rivals Omonia by two goals to one. The winner came just six minutes from time from Vander who rolled the ball into an empty net after de Vincenti had rattled the woodwork.
It was no more than APOEL deserved after bossing the game for long periods. In the first ten minutes alone they went close three times.
It was totally against the run of play when Omonia took the lead in the 35th minute. A mix up in the APOEL defence allowed diminutive Bebe to weave past a couple of players and curl the ball past Pardo.
The lead lasted just seven minutes as APOEL piled on the pressure and were rewarded when Efraim blasted the ball past keeper Panayi from inside the box after great work by Yianniotas and Milanov on the right.
AEK kept up the pressure with a convincing one nil win over Anorthosis at the Antonis Papadopoulos.
The only goal of the game came from AEK’s leading scorer Andre Alves who smashed the ball past Koprivec from an awkward position a minute before the break.
It could have been so different for the home side had Martinez not rolled the ball the wrong side of the post when clean through in the 24th minute.
In the second half Anorthosis pushed forward in search of the equalizer but as much as they tried the failed to breakdown the visitors backline.
After a poor first half Apollon raised their game against Nea Salamina and opened the score with Freire in the 53rd minute. The Limassol team continued to push forward for the killer goal and were rewarded in the 72nd minute through a Pamboulis penalty.
Nea Salamina’s Makriev reduced the arrears five minutes from the end but Apollon hung on for a deserved win.
A goal by Wicks early in the second half was enough to give Ermis Aradippou the three points against Ethnikos Achnas.
Ethnikos are now favourites for the drop as they lag six points from the team just above them.
HIGHLIGHTS COURTESY OF THE CYPRUS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
APOEL vs Omonia 2-1
Anorthosis vs AEK 0-1
Apollon vs Nea Salamina
1 APOEL LEFKOSIAS 28 68
2 A.E.K.LARNAKAS 28 65
3 APOLLONAS LEMESOU 28 53
4 OMONOIA LEFKOSIAS 28 52
5 ANORTHOSI AMMOCHOSTOU 28 52
6 NEA SALAMINA 28 33
Doxa Katokopias vs AEL 1-2
Aris vs Paphos FC
Ethnikos Achnas vs Ermis Aradippou 0-1
1 AEL LEMESOU 28 37
2 ARIS LEMESOU 28 32
3 PAFOS F.C. 28 31
4 DOXA KATOKOPIAS 28 30
5 ERMIS ARADIPPOU 28 30
6 ETHNIKOS ACHNAS 28 24