Omonia Nicosia continued their impressive form in the Europa League by thumping Metalurg Skopje 3-0 on Thursday night at the GSP stadium in front of 15,000 fans.
This third round first leg tie was done and dusted in the first 15 minutes after Omonia raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Portuguese midfielder Ramos Cristovao and Benin striker Mickael Pote.
Metalurg were left shell-shocked and had no answer to the attacking pace of Omonia who were creating chances at will and should have scored a hatful.
Cristovao got his second of the match after 57 minutes with a looping header from 10 yards to wrap up a satisfactory night’s work for the Nicosia side.
Victory for the greens could have been by a much wider margin as the home side should have been awarded a certain penalty for handball which the referee appeared not to have seen.
And Rodri could have made it four in added time but his rasping shot outside the area hit the underside of the bar and bounced out.
As long as Omonia keep their wits about them the return leg should be a formality with a place in the next round surely already sewn up.
Financially hit Omonia – who were forced to release several of their high-earners this summer including Georgios Efrem – eliminated Montenegro outfit Buducnost in the previous round after a 2-0 victory in the first leg in Niksic followed by a 0-0 draw in Nicosia.
Omonia remain the island’s only big club to have never qualified for the group stages of a UEFA club competition.