North Cyprus Football : Draw Was A Fair Result For A Young Team

By Richard Beale….


Result : Esentepe A2 Takim 2 Tatlisu Hosk A2 Takim 2.

Saturday November 12th 2016 : A2 Beyaz Group : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.


Esentepe A2 Takim youth team

Before the first team match started, the youngsters of Esentepe and Tatlisu entertained us in a very competitive match. In the end a draw was a fair result, Tatlisu will be the far happier of the teams as Esentepe fielded a side containing 5 players who have had first team experience.

Esentepe took the lead in the 7th minute with a header from ONUR ÖZBİLGÜL, who kept up his record of scoring in every match this season. Onur is not like a normal Esentepe player, being well over 6 feet tall at still only 18 years old he is still growing, definitely one for the future. Esentepe fell behind conceding two sloppy goals.


It was left to the “mayor’s son” substitute Şukru Hilmi Erdoğan to rescue a point for Esentepe in the 71st minute.

Emre Mutlu in midfield had a fine match prompting and controlling the midfield. Hüseyin Bahçeci, before he was replaced also in defence, also played well. Outstanding in defence for me was ALI SOYTÜRK, who was Esentepe’s “Man of the Match”. Always first to the ball tackled very strongly but fairly, looks a fine prospect.


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