NEIL LENNON saw a winning start to his managerial career at Omonia Nicosia snatched away in the fading moments yesterday.

The former Celtic boss was back in the dug-out for the first time in just over a year and it looked as though he would hit the ground running with his new Cypriot club winning 2-1 against Doxa.

However, the visitors levelled for the second time to leave the Northern Irishman with mixed emotions.

Lennon introduced several youngsters while resting some of the established performers in┬ápreparation for a massive national Cup quarter-final first leg against AEL Limassol in midweek, the team’s only chance of silverware this season.

The ex-Hoops gaffer, speaking in a report in the Sunday Mail, said: “I’m disappointed not to win the game when we were in a winning position, but I’m very pleased with the young players.

“We had a young team out today, obviously we rested some first-team players for the game on Wednesday, so it was a good experience for a lot of the younger players.

“There were aspects of the game, particularly in the second-half, that pleased me a lot.”

Andronikos Kakoullis scored the first goal of Lennon’s reign, but that was nullified by a Berat Sadik strike in the 72nd minute.

Tim Matavz put Omonia ahead again five minutes later, but Ismail Sassi’s stoppage-time goal prevented a perfect launch to the ex-Celt’s career in Cyprus.

Lennon has his work cut out to guide the team back on track after taking over from ex-Ibrox defender Henning Berg who led the team to the title last season, but was sacked after they plunged into the bottom six.


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