Aek eased past Anorthosis to extend their perfect start to the season to five games while Ael came back from behind to defeat arch-rivals Apollon.
Apoel made light work of their game against Aris while Nea Salamina finally found their scoring touch, hitting five past Aez.
Aek produced one of their better displays of the season to defeat Anorthosis 4-1. Their task though was made easier by referee Demetris Mashias who harshly sent off Anorthosis’ Shehu in the 11th minute with a second yellow card.
Antonio Puche, Anorthosis’ coach was particularly scathing at the post-game press conference saying that his team had to face two very good sides, Aek and another one that consisted of a quartet. “We could not compete against both sides,” Puche said.
Aek took the lead five minutes after the sending off through Triscovski with captain Murillo doubling the score before the break. Bolievic and Larena added further goals after the break with Anorthosis’ Cambrera getting a consolation goal for the Famagusta team.
Anorthosis fans, enraged with their side’s poor display, directed their anger towards club president Andreas Poulaides who had to be escorted from the ground 15 minutes from the end.
In Nicosia, it was the players and technical staff of Omonia who were at the receiving end of abuse and jeering from their fans and this despite picking up all three points against Karmiotissa.
Omonia’s board will be convening again to discuss the poor performance with their coach John Carver again expected to be the main topic of discussion.
Karmiotissa were the better side for most of the game and led until the final 15 minutes, but a late comeback by the Nicosia team denied them a memorable result.
Mikal Ordos and Yiannis Taralides got the goals for Karmiotissa while Cillian Sheridan, Matt Derbyshire with two and Renato Margaca were the Omonia scorers.
Champions Apoel put in another professional performance and defeated Aris 3-0 in Limassol, with their keeper Boy Waterman keeping his goal intact since the opening game of the season.
The Nicosia team took the lead through Gianniotas on the stroke of half-time with Vinicius and defender Merkis wrapping up the score.
In Saturday’s Limassol derby, Ael were the big winners as they managed to come back from a goal down to defeat Apollon 2-1.
This was Ael’s first big win of the season and keeps them joint-second with Apoel. Pambos Christodoulos’ team fought hard for the three points and despite trailing to a well-taken goal by Papoulis, fought back with Marco Soares equalising before the break. Arouabarena headed home the winner for Ael 13 minutes from the end.
This was Apollon’s second consecutive home defeat with their coach Pedro Emmanuel being badly let down by a number of his players, who lacked passion and committment, especially in the second period.
Nea Salamina’s Dutch striker Maachi scored four of his team’s first five goals of the season against hapless Aez Zakakiou with Ioannis Skopelitis getting the fifth. Pangalos had temporarily brought the game level for Zakaki.
Doxa Katakopias meanwhile scored their first (away) win of the season, defeating Anagennisi Dheryneia thanks to a second-half Koto Pages strike.
In the final game of the round on Monday night, Ermis beat Ethnikos Achnas 2-1 thanks to a 95th minute winner by Martinyuk.
(Highlights courtesy of the Cyprus Football Association)