Northern Cyprus Football, Tacettin Leaves Bostanci In “Tatters”

By Richard Beale…….

Result : Bostanci Bağil Sk 0 Esentepe Sk 2

Saturday October 22nd 2016. K-Pet League 1 White Group at Bostancı Yakup Özorun Stadı.

New signing striker Tacettin Köse helped himself to a brace of goals as Esentepe impressively won their opening League match of the season. Coach Davut Kansu should be very happy in his first game in charge of Esentepe with the team’s performance as they dominated the game for lengthy periods and could easily have added to their total.

On a lovely autumn afternoon Esentepe brought with them decent support and they almost had a goal to cheer about after only 2 minutes. From a long Firat free kick the ball fell invitingly to Tacettin, whose flick was deflected for a corner by Halil in the Bostancı goal. Then the Esentepe striker who was looking lively created a chance for himself but shot over the bar.


Tacettin was involved again chasing a long kick in the 22nd minute. Goalkeeper Halil came racing out of his area to meet the Esentepe striker and appeared to handle the ball as Tacettin tried to flick the ball past him, but referee, Serdar, appeared to have not seen the incident and the ball was cleared despite Esentepe’s appeals.

Tacettin would not be denied for long as Esentepe took a deserved lead in the 30th minute. Bostancı lost the ball in midfield to Hüseyin and the midfielder provided a superb pass picking out Başak who in turn set up TACETTİN to shoot past Halil. 0-1

42 minutes Esentepe should have had a penalty following a cross from Mahmut which appeared to have struck a defender’s hand but again unnoticed by the officials. Esentepe were given a rousing cheer by their noisy supporters as they left the field for the half time break. Half Time score:0-1.


During the break Bostancı must have had a roasting from their Coach as they started the second half in determined fashion, but without troubling goalkeeper Ali. They would be makers of their own downfall as they gave away a gift of a goal to Esentepe in the 49th minute. The ball was played across the Bostancı area by a home player to David who lost possession to TACETTIN who couldn’t believe his luck and slotted the ball past Halil. 0-2.

This took the wind out of the Bostancı sails as Esentepe were dominating the game with Hüseyin and Uğurcan in midfield behind a lot of Esentepe moves.


Bostancı at last managed to stir themselves and should have at least reduced the arrears when they squandered two chances within a minute of each other. In the 74th minute Bilal played a through ball behind the Esentepe defence to their African striker Justice who looked certain to score but somehow he shot wide. A minute later Bilal was involved again as Esentepe had another let off as a Bilal cross found Bahri who cracked his shot against the post and rebounded safely back into play.

Esentepe were now playing a containing game but were still dangerous on breakaways, with Tacettin in search of his hat trick coming close on two occasions just failing to latch onto through balls. Full Time score 0-2.


One swallow doesn’t make a summer they say, so we won’t get carried away too much yet. This was almost a perfect performance against a team that were playing “Supa League“ football last season, Bostancı were very disappointing. An impressive start by the new Coach and team, who all played their part and contributed to a fine team performance. Tacettin quite rightly stole the plaudits by scoring both goals, as I said before this guy looks to have lots of goals in him. He reminds me in the way he plays and even looks like Paul Randall, a prolific goalscorer for my team Bristol Rovers in the 70s and 80s. Hüseyin and Uğurcan were outstanding in midfield and Firat Kulle in defence had a very strong game. Can’t find fault with anyone, bravo team let’s build on this good start.


ESENTEPE TEAM (replacement in brackets, merit marks out of 10, 4-4-1-1 system)
Ali (gk) 7 : Muhammed 7, Nersin 7, Firat 8, Mahmut 7 : Umar 7 (Emre Soytürk 65), Hüseyin 8, Uğurcan 8, Eser 7 (Reşat 85) : Başak 7 (İlyas 75 ) : TACETTIN 8.5.
Replacements not used : Tuğrul (gk), Emrah, Asil, Mehmet Bebek.


A2 League 1 white Group.

The youngsters went down after taking
the lead in the 22nd minute through OZUR ÖZBİLGÜL to three second half goals.



Saturday October 29th :Kick off : 3-30pm : Home : at Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.


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