AEK and AEL continued their march in the Cyprus football championship with narrow wins over Ethnikos Achnas and Doxa Katokopias while Apoel’s stay at the top lasted just a week as they dropped two points at Ermis.
Omonia had an easy afternoon against bottom club Anagennisi Dheryneias as they thumped them 5-1.
For the third consecutive game AEK failed to impress but at least this time they managed to pick up the three points.
They had their keeper Ninio to thank as in the dying minutes he pulled off a double save first to thwart Kyprianou and then Papageorgiou.
AEK were the better team but could not take advantage of the chances they created. They managed to take the three points thanks to a rather soft penalty awarded to them just after the hour mark that Ivan Triscovski dispatched with aplomb.
AEL also had to rely on the heroics of their keeper Romo to pick up the three points.
In the last minute of added time Romo flung himself to his right to beat away Aurelio’s spot kick.
The Limassol team bossed possession and missed a number of chances to win the game, but as with AEK they were awarded a rather soft penalty 13 minutes from the end that Mikel Arruabarrena converted.
Another keeper stole the limelight in the third game featuring the teams at the top, though this time it was Ermis keeper Nuredinowski who saved the day for his team.
Nuredinoski produced a string of outstanding saves to keep Apoel’s strikers at bay and when he was beaten he had the woodwork or the outstretched legs of his defenders to thank for.
Apoel completely outplayed their opponents counting 26 attempts on goal as opposed to just two from Ermis but Apoel’s Brazilian ace Vander was philosophical at the end saying: Wwe tried, but the ball would just not go in, this is football.”
Ermis took the lead in the ninth minute when top scorer Masinua raced through on goal and lobbed the ball over Apoel keeper Boy Waterman who was stranded in no-man’s land.
Apoel salvaged a point thanks to Daniel Bertoglio who headed past Nuredinofski 12 minutes from the end.
Two own goals put Omonia in the driving seat early on in the game against Dheryneia with Matt Derbyshire grabbing a brace and Clayton finishing off the rout in the final ten minutes.
With the two goals, Derbyshire has now reached his personal best of 11 goals in a season with 21 games still remaining.
Anagennisis’ consolation goal was scored by Furtado four minutes from the end.