By Richard Beale……………

The meeting of League Leaders Esentepe and second place Karşıyaka, resulted in close and hard fought encounter with not a lot separating the teams.

Result : ESENTEPE A2 YOUNG TEAM 2 KARŞIYAKA SK A2 YOUNG TEAM 1.

Saturday 18 February 2017. A2 League Beyaz Group : Venue : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.

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ESENTEPE KKSK YOUNG A2 TEAM- KARŞIYAKA YOUNG A2 TEAM

Esentepe won a close fought encounter to extend their lead as League leaders to 5 points. The match was not a classic but both teams can be commended in producing a tense and very competitive match.

Karşıyaka took the lead in the 15th minute through a harshly given penalty converted by Berken Keles, sending Esentepe keeper Kurşat the wrong way with his kick. Score 0-1

Karşıyaka were the more impressive team in the opening exchanges as Esentepe struggled to keep in check their lively opponents.

Esentepe eventually they equalised in the 31st minute following good work by Mehmet on the left who managed to get in a low cross to the far post where KURTLUŞ KAYA managed to prod the ball in off a post to equalise. Score 1-1

Karşıyaka continued to look the more dangerous team and Esentepe keeper Kurşat was the busier of the two keepers. Half Time Score 1-1.

Esentepe in the second half came to grips with the opposition and deservedly took the lead in the 58th minute through a goal from their Captain TUĞRULŞAN GUNAY. Ali Soytürk free kick from the right was fumbled by Karşıyaka goalkeeper Abdullah and fell obligingly to Tuğrulşan to prod home. Score 2-1.

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Karsiyaka were unlucky not to equalise in the 65th minute when Emrecan hit the Esentepe bar with a fierce volley.

Esentepe after a slow start, gradually gained control and just about deserved to win against a very useful Karşıyaka team who were very competitive and their diminutive midfielder Neçat looks a promising footballer in the making.

İsset and Hüseyin for Esentepe gradually gained control of the midfield and look fine prospects for future Esentepe teams. Captain Tuğrulşan coming back from a serious injury again showed fine leadership qualities and is a future Esentepe first team Captain in the making. However Esentepe Man of the Match for me was ONUR ÖZBİLGÜL who was outstanding in the heart of the Esentepe defence. Onur for an Esentepe player is unusually very tall and has played in goal and attack in past matches, and reverted to a central defender for this match and had a fine match.

ESENTEPE TEAM :

Kurşat (gk) : Ali Soytürk, ONUR, Tuğrulşan ©, Semih : Doğukan (Şukrü 60, Izzet, Hüseyin, Mehmet ( Selahattin 89) : Kurtluş( Doğukan Erdogan ), Hüsrkan.