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APOEL edge Derry struggle

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET
APOEL FC 2-1 Derry City FC APOEL face a tough return match after struggling to a narrow win over Derry.

Match statistics

APOELDerry

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET

APOEL edge Derry struggle

APOEL FC 2-1 Derry City FC APOEL face a tough return match after struggling to a narrow win over Derry.

APOEL FC take a slender one-goal advantage to Ireland for the second leg of their UEFA Cup qualifying round tie against Derry City FC, who will fancy their chances of a shock aggregate win after scoring a vital away goal at the GSP stadium in Nicosia.

Charalambides threatens
APOEL, who narrowly missed out on a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League last season, were the dominant side in a somewhat one-sided first half. They were creating chances from the third minute on as the dangerous Costas Charalambides began making surging runs into the visitors' penalty area. Only Derry's impressively resolute defending managed to keep the Cypriot side at bay.

Kowalczyk breakthrough
But the siege of the Derry goal was rewarded after 21 minutes when APOEL made a deserved breakthrough. A quickly taken free-kick by Kostakis Malekkos was volleyed home superbly by former Real Betis Balompié striker Wojciech Kowalczyk into Neil Bennett's left-hand corner.

Derry draw level
But APOEL took their foot off the pedal somewhat after the goal allowing Derry City to create some half-chances with both Liam Coyle and Gary Beckett threatening. And two minutes before half-time the Irish side drew level after Marinos Satsias failed to clear Eddie McCallion's cross from the right and Beckett fired in the equaliser.

Okkarides on target
Derry, who hosted FC Barcelona in a glamour friendly match at their Brandywell ground last week, did not have long to enjoy the parity, though, with APOEL regaining their lead within nine minutes of the restart. Chrysostomos Michael swung over a dangerous cross and Cypriot international defender Stelios Okkarides headed home from close range.

Dour Derry defence
APOEL continued to dominate but were unable to forge clear-cut chances until the final minutes as the Derry back four excelled. But even then Wojciech Kowalczyk and Charalambides were unable to give APOEL a more comfortable cushion for the return leg in two weeks.

Last updated: 15/08/03 1.51CET

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Lineups

apoel

APOEL

derry

Derry

1
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
24
BennettNeil Bennett (GK)
3
CharalambousZacharias Charalambous
Substitution22
2
McCallionEddie McCallion
5
AmanatidisGiorgios Amanatidis
3
HarganSean Hargan
Yellow Card71
6
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
Yellow Card55
Goal55
4
HuttonPeter Hutton
9
KowalczykWojciech Kowalczyk
Goal22
5
MclaughlinPatrick Mclaughlin
Yellow Card47
10
MalekosKostakis Malekos (C)
Substitution80
6
DohertyEamon Doherty (C)
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
8
MartynCiaran Martyn
Yellow Card75
18
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
9
BeckettGary Beckett
Goal44
Substitution90+1
21
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
10
CoyleLiam Coyle
Substitution71
28
PapandreouGeorge Papandreou
Substitution70
15
McChrystalMark McChrystal
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail
17
HoltMichael Holt
Substitution46

Substitutes

71
ShimitrasMichael Shimitras (GK)
1
RamseyGary Ramsey (GK)
4
PetkovskiGoran Petkovski
7
McGlynnGareth McGlynn
Substitution71
8
MusicDragoslav Music
Substitution80
11
FriarsSean Friars
15
VotavaTomáš Votava
12
DeeryKevin Deery
Substitution46
19
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution22
18
MoranPadraig Moran
Substitution90+1
22
VakouftsisGeorge Vakouftsis
Substitution70
25
PetrouPetros Petrou

Coach

Dusan Uhrin (CZE) Dermot Keely (IRL)

Referee

Oleg Oriekhov (UKR)

Assistant referees

Sergiy Sobotyuk (UKR), Oleksiy Gordienko (UKR)

Fourth official

Sergey Shebek (UKR)

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