This week saw our return fixture against Omonia, having won out 2 – 0 against them in the away fixture earlier in the season.
Omonia have been going well this season and this was always going to be a tough fixture with them looking to avenge their earlier defeat.
The early exchanges this week were fairly even although it was evident from the start that this was the Omonia that we know, a solid outfit with two extra-ordinary players that have the potential to turn any game.
Whilst we got in amongst them in the first few minutes we struggled to really get hold of their danger men and did not make enough of the possession that we had, with passes frequently missing their intended targets.
Our success in the away fixture came from compacting the game, giving Omonia little room to play and restricting them to a few solitary shots. Unfortunately this was not something that the boys were able to execute this week and with a few shots already on target, Omonia opened their account with two goals inside the first 15 minutes. Both were goals that came from shots that we should have cut-off before they materialised, but this week we were always one step off the pace of Omonia’s key men.
That said, it was not all about Omonia. We did put together some promising attacks and when Dillan managed to toe poke the ball just inside their post it temporarily brought us back into the game. The goal seemed to unsettle Omonia for a while and we had a few further attacks before Omonia pinched a third goal, again as we failed to stem an attack early enough and allowed their possession to develop.
With 10 minutes to go Omonia effectively sealed the points with a fourth goal, albeit a further goal from each team, Aldenham’s coming from TJ who continues our recent form of scoring directly from corner kicks, led to a final score of 5 – 2.
It would probably be fair to say that whilst we were able to mix it up with most of the Omonia team this week, the difference between a 2 – 0 win and a 5 – 2 loss was all about the additional bite we showed in the first game which was not evident this week.
As ever, there were still some positives to take from the game with Barsa’s and TJ’s performances being of special note with Barsa being awarded man-of the match and TJ emerging with the captain’s armband for next week.