League leaders AEL remained top of the Cyprus first division on the weekend despite being held to a 1-1 draw against derby rivals Apollon while second place APOEL couldn't capitalise after they too were held in the Nicosia derby against fifth place Omonia.
Third placed Apollon (61) feel hard done by and are fuming over being disallowed a goal and the equaliser penalty awarded for AEL at crucial junctures of the nervy encounter. APOEL had the better play for most of the match against Omonia but couldn’t get through with Sheridan coming closest after hitting the post from close range inside the area. 5th placed Omonoia had their own chances but Spanish goalie Urko Pardo saved two fine efforts to keep the derby goalless. Ermis consolidated in fourth after beating strugglers Anorthosis by 2-1, reaching 55. It’s a three way flare up at the bottom with Doksa (29), Ethnikos Achnas (28) and Aris (27) as we head into the final turns of this year’s championship. Aris remains in the relegation position but with 2 points in it, it is anyone’s death. AEK Kouklion, bottom on 22 will almost surely drop barring a miracle-that is winning all matches and the rest of the results going their way. The APOEL-AEL clash on April 22nd might go a long way towards determining this year’s crown. But then again it might not. Both teams have shown remarkable resilience, particularly so resurgent APOEL, who remain unbeaten for 12 consecutive matches. AEL however have proven that they’re good frontrunners and it will take a special performance to overtake them. Apollon perhaps can still have a say in it, if they regain their consistence, while Ermis and Omonoia can prove to be game changers in their matches against the top three. All to play for, high and low.