Northern Cyprus Football – Esentepe Lambs To the Slaughter?

News report from Rich’s Sport………

By Graham Brown and Richard Beale…….


Lambs To the Slaughter?, Maybe, But The Kids Did Alright.

The final match of the season saw Dumlupınar crowned as Champions, this was their celebration day, their party day and they were in no mood to let Esentepe be “party poopers” . However Esentepe fielding their youngest line up ever, can hold their heads high and gave a good account of themselves.

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Friday 29 April 2016 : K-Pet League 1 : Venue : Gazimağusa Dr Fazil Küçük Stadi.

Weather : Dry/sunny.

Esentepe line up and ages were:

  • Kursat Çil (GK). Age 16.                   Asil Arif Engin. age 19.
  • Emek Kirilmaz (Capt). age 28.         Nersin Osman age 28
  • Tuğrulşan Gunay age 17.                 Mehmet Aşikzadeler age 18.
  • İlyas Niyazi age 26.                          Mahmut Izoğlu age 20.
  • Burak Tumkan age 25.                     Emrah Alevkayalı age 28.
  • Emre Soytürk age 16.

Replacements :

  • Emre Mutlu age 15 for Burak after 60 mins.
  • Hürkan Görneçli age 16 for Asil Arif after 60 minutes.
  • Abdullah Şengün age 19 for Emrah after 80 minutes.


Dr Fazil Küçük Stadi was a mass of yellow and red, the Dumlupınar colours, balloons, flags, every supporter seemed to have a Dumlupınar shirt or t-shirt on. Queen’s “We are the Champions” reverberated around the stadium as the home supporters prepared to party. Not only had Dumlupınar won the K-Pet League 1, but their Under 19 and Under 15 teams had won their respective Leagues. In all they have had a fantastic Season, the Club in the doldrums for so long has had life breathed back into it by a progressive Football president, who put in place a 5 year plan that is now bringing its rewards. Good luck to them in the “Supa League” next season they will need it, but let them enjoy their moment now.

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By contrast, on this Friday afternoon Esentepe supporters totalled 12, 6 Locals which included recently retired players Berkan and Barış and Vurkan, injured and 6 Ex-Pats, a poor showing from the people of Esentepe.

With the retirement of Captain Berkan, Emek put on the Captain’s arm band and led his team out to form a “guard of honour”, as the Champions emerged from the dressing room.

Esentepe held their own for the opening 30 minutes before the goals started flowing as follows :

32 mins : Adem Ertem scoring following a long free kick by Hasan, which headed down to Adem at the far post by Turgut. Score 1-0.

38 mins : Esentepe shocked the leaders when they scored a goal out of the blue, a long free kick on the left by Emek was retrieved at the far post by Mehmet, who found EMRAH, the striker was looking for somebody to lay the ball off to, couldn’t find anybody cut across the area, before unleashing a superb left foot shot that crashed into the net at the far post. Score 1-1

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41 mins : A cross from the right from Hasan. was brilliantly headed in by the Dumlupınar Captain Coşkun (a mountain of a man). Score 2-1.

45 mins : A long ball saw Coşkun outstrip his marker, with Esentepe keeper Kurşat going to ground too early, the striker simply lobbed the ball over the grounded keeper. Score 3-1 HT.

The kids had done well, but at the interval we were hoping that it would not turn out to be a mauling by the “lions” of Famağusta.

49 mins : Esentepe got right back into the game with a well worked goal, İlyas did well to win the ball in midfield and strove towards the Dumlupınar area, before releasing Burak on the left, whose cross was met at the far post by MEHMET who beat substitute keeper Oguzhan with a good downward header that bounced into the net. Score 3-2.

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50 mins : Hopes of a comeback didn’t last long, when Burak failed to clear a bouncing ball Turgut crossed to the unmarked Coşkun to send a glancing header past Kurşat to complete his hat trick. Score 4-2.

53 mins : Esentepe’s İlyas tried to send a back pass to his keeper but only succeeded in passing to Dumlupınar leading goalscorer Turgut who accepted the gift to score. Score 5-2.

59 mins : Dumlupınar midfield genius and talisman Ridvan got on to the scoring act, all he had to do was to tap the ball in after Turgut was put through and rounded Kurşat before squaring the ball across goal to Ridvan. We were now fearing a slaughter. Score 6-2.

In the meantime Esentepe had introduced teenager Hürkan for his first ever appearance for the senior team and teenager Emre Mutlu.

Esentepe heads did not drop as they ought to have and they had several chances to reduce the lead before they in eventually did.

77 mins : İLYAS making amends for his earlier error, sweeping in a long cross from the overlapping Mahmut to make the score a more respectable. 6-3

80 minutes : Esentepe sent on Abdullah Şengün for his first taste of senior action.

The final whistle went and the curtain came down on Season 2015-16. Dumlupınar celebrated wildly as they were presented with the League Trophy, fireworks, party poppers, bangers, even a”drone” overhead happened. A tour of Famağusta on a open-topped double decker bus would follow a big party night ahead for the Club.

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No disgrace, the youngsters did not throw in the towel, I hope that when they look back on Dumlupınar celebrations, they think to themselves that could be me with Esentepe, not next season that’s too early, but maybe the season after.

I thought EMRAH was Esentepe’s best player, scoring a superb goal, coming close to a second, worked and chased well. Ilyas apart from his error for Dumlupınar’s 5th goal, had a good game and was always behind Esentepe’s attacks. Other notable contributions came from Mahmut, Mehmet and Emre Soytürk.


Having at the start of the season losing players of the calibre of Deniz, Ali, Hüseyin the backbone of the side, then losing Vurkan injured for the rest of the season after only 8 matches, and finally Kaan transferred at the half way stage of the season, the Club has done well to finish in mid table. Full marks to Coach Gokan Kim, he has had very limited options to choose from, he has managed to get the best out of the players that were left with him. It has been a tough and very exhausting season but the coach has had no option but to give ”youth a fling“, and the experience gained from the many youngsters introduced is “priceless” to those players who will mature over the next couple of years. Without the retired “Legends” Berkan and Barış, youth will be at the forefront for the next couple of seasons, there are some exciting times ahead for Esentepe. With the right man running the Club who knows what we can achieve.


I would like firstly to thank Esentepe Football Club, their players and management who without them I would be unable to write this dribble. The Kuzey Kibris Türk Futbol Federasyonu, especially Mertan for his help with our Press Passes. My “generous” boss Graham for all of his filming. My travelling companions for the season Mel, Kevin and the two Peter’s. Local Esentepe supporters and Ex-Pats who have attended the matches, sadly both sets much less this Season. Lastly, I have lost many years ago my only reader, YOU if you are reading this, enjoy your summer, hopefully we, god willing, will be back again for Season 2016-17.




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) 2016

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

05-03-16 : DÜZKAYA H 1-3 Emek(pen)

13-03-16 : Girne Halk Evi A 1-1 Emek(pen)

19-03-16 : GÖÇMENKÖY H 0-0

26-.3-16 : Görneç A 1-1 İlyas

03-04-16 GONYELI H 1-3 Emek (pen)

09-04-16 Lapta A 2-1 Eser 2

17-04-16 YALOVA H 0-1

24-04-16 BAF ÜLKÜ YURDU H1-3 Emrah

29-04-16 dumlupinar A 3-6 Emrah, Mehmet, İlyas

ESENTEPE LEAGUE APPEARANCES SEASON 2015-16 : (max 26 games, replacement appearances in brackets).

24 : Emek, Nersin, Mahmut.

21: Berkan (2).

20 : Umar(4).

19 : İlyas (2).

17 : Eser (6).

15: Burak (4).

12 : Mehmet (7), Barış (4), Serkan (2), Kaan, Tuğrul.

11: Başak (7).

10: Emrah (10).

8: Muhammed (7), Salih (3), Vurkan.

5: Emre Soytürk (7).

3: Tuğrulşan.

2: Eşref (4), Emre Mutlu (3), Asil Arif (1), Kurşat.

1: Tugay (1).

0: Aziz (2), Aras (1), Hürkan (1), Abdullah Şengün (1).


7 : Eser : 5: Emek (all pens) : 4: Kaan , Emrah : 3:Başak :2: Mehmet , İlyas : 1: Umar, Burak, Nersin, plus 1 own goal.


1: Serkan, Barış, Berkan, Nersin, Eşref, Tugay, İlyas, Mahmut, Kaan, Eser, Emek.

0 : Umar (1), Emrah (1), Mehmet (1).

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