Saturday July 23 2011
Catania conquer Omonia Nicosia

Vincenzo Montella's Catania won their first friendly of the summer, beating Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus.

The Elefantini made their debut for 2011-12 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and came away with an impressive 2-1 victory.

It's particularly good considering Omonia are preparing for their Europa League preliminary round match against Den Haag next week.

Maxi Lopez went close with an acrobatic finish from Ciro Capuano's cross and Tadic missed an open goal before half-time.

Catania took the lead after the restart when an Alejandro Gomez cross found Pablo Ledesma for a fierce finish.

Adrian Ricchiuti threatened another, but Edgar Alvarez brought down Leandro for a penalty converted by Aguiar.

The match seemed to be heading towards a stalemate when deep into stoppages Blazej Augustyn popped up with a powerful header at the back post from a corner kick.

Omonia Nicosia 1-2 Catania

Scorers: Ledesma 51 (C), Aguiar pen 72 (O), Augustyn 92 (C)

Omonia Nicosia: Giorgallides; Morais, Karipidis, Alabi, Avraam; Salatic, Leandro (Kaseke 87); Christofi (Spungin 65), Da Silva (Aguiar 57), Efrem; Tadic (Rengifo 57)

Catania: Campagnolo; Potenza (Marchese 60), Silvestre (Alvarez 46), Spolli (Augustyn 46), Capuano (D'Amico 81); Izco (Ledesma 46), Lodi (Moretti 46), Biagianti (Sciacca 60); Gomez (Ricchiuti 60), Maxi Lopez (Martinho 65), Catellani (Barrientos 46)