By Richard Beale……….

Sunday December 18th : kick off 2-30pm : K-Pet League 1-white Group : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.


A rare migrant to Esentepe shores are Doğancı SK, who this Sunday are flying in from Lefke. Trawling through the TRNC Football Handbook the only time that Esentepe have played Doğanci was in Season 1997-98 in League 3 and it is not mentioned what the scores were between the two Clubs. That season Esentepe would gain promotion as League Champions and also they would gain a further promotion into League 1 the following season.

What do I know about Doğancı, not a lot so I must waffle. They were formed in 1956 and have spent the majority of their playing seasons in Leagues 2 and 3. Last season they finished in 7th place in League 2 and crept into the “Play Offs”, where they qualified for promotion finishing top of the group. Helped by top scorer Serdar Özer with 15 goals, who I believe has since been transferred. This follows the previous season 2014-15 when they were promoted from League 3 to 2. The Club has shown little faith in those players who have got Doğancı two successive promotions, by entering the transfer market heavily in the summer. Shifting out a lot of those players and bringing in at least 14 new players. These players have appeared to have settled down well as Doğancı have made a decent start to the campaign. They currently lie in 5th place having won 3 games, lost 4 and drawn 1 of their matches. So analysing that, they either win or lose, goalscoring appears to be no problem either, having put 12 goals into opposition nets, but they also concede goals, 14 in all. They appear therefore to be an attacking team which may suit Esentepe who often rely on breakaways. Top scorer for Doğancı is Cemre Paşa, signed from Yalova on 3 goals.

After drawing their last 2 games, Esentepe must get back to winning ways, though they are still unbeaten they have slipped to 2nd place, behind Ozanköy. Incidentally Doğancı are the only team to have beaten Ozanköy 2-1 earlier in the season.

I would imagine Esentepe will remain unchanged following a hard fought draw with Denizli last match. Key utility player Uğurcan returning from a hamstring injury was an unused replacement last week. With a further weeks rest, he must be close to full fitness but undoubtedly will play some part in this weeks proceedings. There may be some doubt with central defender Firat Kulle, who I understand broke his nose in last week’s match. He sat out Thursday’s practice match and was seen training alone sporting a protective facial mask.


PREDICTIONS : Experts : 2 jags 2-1 Esentepe win : Don’t tell ’em Pike : 1-1 Burl Ives : 2-0 Esentepe win : Corporal Jones : 0-1 Doğancı win.

Sabrerich : I think Doğancı are capable of scoring, but Esentepe, to be back to winning ways 3-1 win.


CHRISTMAS DAY : away : Serdarli GB : ko 2-30pm : Turnçlu Hasan Bardakko Stadi*

* please book EARLY already 25x 50 seater coaches have been booked by Ex-Pats. I am having difficulties in finding anymore coaches, may struggle to get on one myself!

Friday December 30 : HOME : v Lapta TBSK. Ko 2-30pm : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.**

** last League match of the season before the winter break.


Admission 20tl , ladies and children no charge : Good refreshment and toilet facilities.