North Cyprus Football : Super Esentepe Smash Stadium Jinx
By Richard Beale….
Result: GIRNE HALK EVI 0 ESENTEPE KKSK 3
Saturday November 5th 2016 : K-Pet League 1 Beyaz Group : Venue : Girne 20 Temmuz Mete Adanır Stadı.
Girne Halk Evi -v- Esentepe KKSK
Esentepe finally put to rest the Girne 20 Temmuz Stadium jinx (Esentepe have not won there in 10 visits) by emphatically outplaying League leaders Girne Halk Evi (GHE). Esentepe now have overtaken GHE and proudly sit on top of the table as current leaders.
On a delightful autumn afternoon in the heart of Girne, the match attracted a big crowd and Esentepe were supported by a large number of followers .
GHE were first to offer a goal threat in the 4th minute when their striker Yankı made space for himself on the edge of the box but fired over the bar. Esentepe replied themselves 2 minutes later when Eser taking a free kick shot over.
Esentepe took the lead in 7th minute following a free kick after Esentepe’s Umar was badly fouled by Latıf. Hüseyin took the kick swinging the ball into the area, where it fell inviting new signing FIRAT who slotted the ball past the diving Hasan to record his first ever goal for Esentepe 0-1.
Urged on by their voracious supporters Esentepe were dominating the game Umar and Muhammed on the right were linking up well and were very prominent for Esentepe.
32 minutes Esentepe should have increased their lead after good work by Başak trying to find Tacettin. The ball came off Emre’s shoulder and fell invitingly to Tacettin unmarked and with only goalkeeper Hasan to beat, but the Esentepe striker’s shot was poor allowing the goalkeeper to dive and push the ball away.
TACETTIN made amends in the 40th minute adding Esentepe’s second goal following a good piece of play. Umar did well on the right to get over a cross finding Başak who intelligently held the ball up before putting Tacettin through to slot past Hasan. 0-2.
This was no more than Esentepe deserved as they had thoroughly outplayed the League leaders.
In the second half Esentepe seemed content to hold onto their lead as GHE struggled to up their game. However, they did just that in the 59th minute when Eren struck the outside of Ali’s near post with a ferociously hit shot.
Again Tacettin should have increased Esentepe’s lead in the 63rd minute finding himself in the clear on the right, he shot past the advancing Hasan only to see his shot hit the post and rebound to safety.
Tacettin missed an easier chance to score in the 76th minute following a bad mistake by the GHE Captain Talıp, who gave the ball away to the Esentepe striker with a one on one situation with the keeper, but Tacettin’s first touch was poor and the ball trickled into the grateful hands of the keeper.
In the 85th UĞURCAN capped an outstanding game by slotting in Esentepe’s third, after good work by Tacettin on the right, finding Uğurcan at the near post to score. FT : 0-3.
SUMMING UP : An outstanding game by the team who are growing in confidence each game under the calm guidance of Coach Davut Kansu. Esentepe should have won by at least 5-0, with striker Tacettin having a frustrating game. He missed three glorious gilt edged chances, but saying that took his goal well and set up Uğurcan for Esentepe’s third goal. He always works hard playing the loan striker role upfront and he will eventually convert those chances into goals soon. Ali in the Esentepe goal again for the third match running had very little to do, and was well shielded by a strong Esentepe back four. Of that back four utility player UĞURCAN filling in for the injured Mahmut was outstanding and deservedly capped his “ man of the match” display by scoring Esentepe’s last goal. These are heady times for Esentepe, top of the table and full of confidence.
Happy Esentepe team leaving the pitch
ESENTEPE TEAM (4-4-1-1 system :replacements in brackets, marks out of 10)
Ali (gk) 6 : Muhammed 8, Firat 8, Nersin 7, UĞURCAN 9: Umar 7, Hüseyin 6 (Emrah 80), Iİyas 6 (Mehmet Bebek 85), Eser 6 : Başak 6 (Emre Soytürk 71) : Tacettin 6 :
Replacements not used : Tuğrul (gk), Reşat, Asil Arif, Burak.
ESENTEPE YOUNG TEAM A2 white Group
Result : GIRNE HALK EVI 0 ESENTEPE KKSK 7.
To make it a great day for Esentepe the young team emphatically beat their GHE counterparts. Fielding a strong XI they ran in 7 goals scored by Ege Can Açikportakali (20,35 &83), Hurkan Görneçli (45), Onur Özbilgul (50), Mustafa Günlü(54) and Hüseyin Bahçeci (85).
ESENTEPE NEXT MATCH:
Saturday November 12th : Kick off : 2-30pm : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.
ESENTEPE KKSK v TATLISU HOSK .
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