December 8, 2022

 Northern Cyprus Football

It’s The Late Late Show Again For Esentepe!


News report from Rich’s Sport………

By Graham Brown and Richard Beale…….

Esentepe for the third consecutive match scored in injury time, this occasion in form Karşiyaka were the victims as Esentepe came away with a shock win. Karşiyaka, who have won their last 4 matches, succumbed to a 92nd minute goal from substitute Başak.

Details : Karşiyaka ASK 0 Esentepe KKSK 1.

Saturday February 27th 2016: K-Pet League 1 : Venue Karşiyaka Stadi.

Weather : Dry and sunny.

Karşiyaka Colours : Green/white stripe shirts, white shorts/socks.

Esentepe Colours : Red shirts, black shorts/socks.

Karşiyaka ASK ve Esentepe KKSK 2

Esentepe produced a gutsy performance with the defence producing a superb rear guard action. Both teams’ defences were on top as clear cut chances were few and far between. It was not a boring match though, as both teams produced a very competitive match at times some robust challenges came in.

In form Karşiyaka were let down by some wild and poor finishing, though to be fair, Tuğrul in the Esentepe goal was rarely troubled, protected by a strong defensive shield around him.

Karşiyaka ASK ve Esentepe KKSK 4

The first half Esentepe were the slightly better team, and Kemal in the Karşiyaka goal was the busier of the 2 goalkeepers. In the 13th minute Esentepe front men Emrah and Eser combined well together ending in an Eser shot that was parried by Kemal.

Karşiyaka first half chances all came at once in the 37th minute their winger Bayram cut inside and crossed to the near post where it took a brilliant interception by Esentepe’s Captain Berkan, sliding the ball away for a corner. From that corner an almighty scramble took place in the goal area, before the ball was finally scrambled away for another corner. From that corner from the left, a header went across the Esentepe goal and just past the far post.

Karşiyaka ASK ve Esentepe KKSK 1

In the second half Esentepe came under increasing pressure though Karşiyaka didn’t really create anything apart from a couple of free kicks that went over the bar.

In the 53rd minute Emek stung Kemal’s hands with a 25 yard free kick, which the goalkeeper was unable to catch, but the ball was hacked away. Esentepe’s Mahmut who was having a fine game in midfield, drove a couple of efforts wide.

Karşiyaka ASK ve Esentepe KKSK 3

Esentepe were working hard for each other, and it looked like the game would end in a 0-0 draw, until the 4th Official held up the board showing 3 minutes of injury time to be played, where Esentepe had other ideas. Muhammed was first to the ball in midfield clearing the ball upfield where it landed nicely for substitute Başak, who looked up and seeing the Karşiyaka keeper Kemal was slightly off his line produced an exquisite lob, which went over the keeper’s outstretched hand, the ball hit the crossbar and went back into play. Two Karşiyaka defenders made a hash of clearing the ball, which fell invitingly back to BAŞAK who volleyed home from close range. Once again for the 3rd match running this resulted in wild and jubilant celebrations from the players and the small band of supporters which had travelled from Esentepe. FULL TIME result : 0-1.


Who needs to play for 90 minutes when Esentepe Communittee presentsyou can win a game in injury time, which is becoming a habit! The last 3 matches have produced 3 injury time goals 7 out of 9 points have now considerably eased our relegation worries. Karşiyaka were a good, tough and uncompromising team, but Esentepe equalled them, and delivered the killer punch right at the end. Every one of the team contributed something, but it was the defence which took the honours. They blocked, tackled and threw their bodies in the way of anything that Karşiyaka threw at them. Bariş was the best just pipping Berkan and Nersin for the “man of the match“. Mahmut in midfield gave another energetic performance.

ESENTEPE TEAM (4-4-2 , sub appearances in brackets, marks out of 10 )

Tuğrul (gk) 7 : BARİŞ 8.5, Nersin 8, Berkan 8, Emek 8 : Mehmet 6 ( Emre Soytürk 55mins), Mahmut 8, Muhammed 6, Umar 7 (Eşref 88 mins) : Emrah 6 (Başak 67 mins), Eser 6 :

Esentepe subs not used :

Serkan (gk), Burak, Emre Mutlu, Asil Arif :

LEAGUE APPEARANCES (sub appearances in brackets, max 17 games ).

16 : Emek, Nersin, Mahmut : 14 : Umar (2), Berkan (2) : 12 : Burak, Kaan : 11 : Eser (5), İlyas (1)

10 : Serkan (2) : 9: Bariş (2), : 8 : Salih (3), Vurkan : 7 : Başak (4), Tuğrul, : 5: Emrah (8), Mehmet (6) : 2 : Emre Mutlu (1), Muhammed (7), : 1: Emre Soytürk (3), Eşref (2), : 0 : Aziz (2), Tugay (1), Aras (1), Arif (1).


5 ; Eser : 4 : Kaan : 3 : Başak : 2 : Emek (2 pens), Emrah : 1 : Umar, Burak, Nersin, Mehmet ,plus 1 own goal = 21


26-09-15 : Gençlik Gücü A2-2 Başak, Emek (pen)

03-10-15 : DENIZLI H0-0

10-10-15 : Hamitköy A2-2 Kaan, Eser

17-10-15: KARŞIYAKA H0-3

25-10-15 : Düzkaya A1-2 Kaan

31-10-15 : GIRNE HALK EVI H0-0

07-11-15 : Göçmenköy A1-2 Eser

14-11-15 : GÖRNEÇ H3-2 Firat og, Eser, Emrah

21-11-15 : Gönyeli A1-2 Emek (pen)

28-11-15 : LAPTA H 2-1 Umar, Kaan

06-12-15 : Yalova A 3-1 Başak, Burak, Kaan

12-12-15 : Baf Ülkü Yurdu A 1-0 Eser

20-12-15 : DUMLUPINAR H 0-1

26-12-15 : KÜÇÜK KAYMAKLI H 0-2

(Kibris Cup)


06-02-16 ; GENÇLIK GÜCÜ H 0-2

14-02-16 : Denizli A 2-2 Nersin, Emrah

21-02-16 : HAMİTKÖY H 2-1 Mehmet Eser

27-02-16 : Karşıyaka A 1-0 Başak



A very very inexperienced Esentepe team went down to a late 76th minute penalty. Earlier TUĞRULSAN GUNY had equalised for Esentepe in the 36th minute.


Sat March 5th : HOME: v Düzkaya KOSK @ Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.

Sun March 13th : Away : v Girne Halk Evi @ Girne 20 Temmuz Stadi (near HSBC Bank )

Sat March 19th:HOME: v Göçmenköy IYSK @ Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.

Sat March 26th : Away : v Görneç KSK @ Göçmenköy Stadi, Lefkoşa (next to Atatürk Stadium)

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