North Cyprus Football : Showdown at Lapta on 1st April

By Richard Beale………..

The final round of League matches sees a “humdinger” of a match being played at Lapta this Saturday.


Saturday April 1st : K-Pet League 1 White Group : ko 3-00pm : Şht Şevet Kadır Stadı- Lapta.



No its is not an April Fool there will be a showdown this weekend at Lapta. The final promotion “Play off”” place is at stake in what will be a nail biting encounter.

Esentepe in 3rd place in the League requires just 1 point to get Into the that play offs, whereas Lapta must win at all costs to steal that exlusive place from Esentepe.

For Esentepe to go all defensive and shut up shop could prove fatal. We all have seen teams in the past try this and come unstuck. I think it will be far better for Esentepe to play their normal game and if they carry on in their current form they could snatch all three points.

Esentepe are in better form of the two teams having won their last 3 games and they have rediscovered their confidence and their team spirit is very good. They will have a full squad to choose from, with defenders Firat Kulle and Emre Soytürk available for selection after serving one match bans. I expect both to reclaim their places in the line up.

Lapta on the other hand have hit a spell of indifferent form and have lost vital players through suspension. They have lost their last 2 League matches including the vital match last weekend against play off rivals Gönyeli 3-1. The previous match before that they suffered a shock 1-2 defeat at home against lowly Karşıyaka. They have lost key defender Suleyman Batuk serving a 3 match ban and also will be without their Captain Yasın Kansu who picked up a fourth yellow card last weekend.

This could tip the odds in Esentepe’s favour but it will be foolish to underestimate Lapta, I sure we won’t and they will be properly prepared by Coach Davut Kansu.

Dangerman for Lapta is their top scorer Ertuü Erçin who is the League’s second top marksman on 12 goals. Though Esentepe have their own dangermen in Tacettin and Eser both on 9 goals.

That combination were both on target earlier in the season when Esentepe overcame Lapta 2-1, the visitors having taken the lead in the 28th minute through Osman.

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE (last meeting at Lapta).


A great win by Esentepe, as coach Gokan Kim got his tactics spot on to enable Esentepe to claim 3 points and climb out of the relegation zone. Striker Eser Kan scored 2 first half goals as Esentepe played some exciting football. In the second half Lapta came back into the game with a late goal from Selçuk following a mistake from goalkeeper Serkan. Lapta would finish bottom of the League, normally relegated, but as the Leagues were being restructured they were given a lifeline and were reprevied. The match played on 9/4/2016.

ESENTEPE TEAM : Serkan (gk) : Eşref, Nersin, Berkan (c), Emek (Barış 75) : Emre, İlyas, Muhammed(Umar 60), Burak : Emrah (Başak 70 ), Eser :


Graham “2jags” 2-1 Esentepe win : Burl Ives ; 2-1 Lapta win : Devon pixie : 1-1 draw. Sabrerich 2-2 draw enough to see Esentepe in the “play offs”.