December 8, 2023

By Richard Beale……..

Result: Bahçeli SK 1 Görneç SK 3.

Saturday May 20th: BTM League Group 3: Venue : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.

On a windswept chilly afternoon Bahçeli were blown away by a competent Görneç team and now really their chances of reaching the qualifying stages look remote.

Being a local “Derby” match a largish crowd was attracted to this fixture despite a gale force wind blowing around the ground.

Bahçeli won the toss and had the benefit of the wind behind them but failed to capitalise on it and it proved a hindrance rather than a benefit. Their “dead ball” attempts were feeble and they produced only one shot on goal from distance.

Bahçeli SK in White and Görneç SK in Green and White and action by the Görneç goalkeeper

Görneç looked useful up front with the burly Arda linking up well with his fellow striker Hüseyin.

The striker who is a “man mountain” gave the Bahçeli defence a really hard time. ARDA opened the scoring in the 9th minute when Levent did well to keep the ball in on the right passed to Hüseyin who in turn passed it to his striking partner Arda who fired a shot past Tuğrul. 0-1.

For the remainder of the half Bahçeli “huffed and puffed” but could not blow the Görneç house down.

That man ARDA did damage again in the 54th minute when good work by Levent who sent in a low cross where it was met by the Görneç striker who turned it past Tuğrul.

Battle for control of the ball

Bahçeli then had a “purple patch” led by substitute Aydın and made a spirited attempt to get back in the game. They were rewarded in the 59th minute when they managed to pull a goal back.  From a free kick just outside the area, taken by Sınan, who put in a good shot which rebounded down off the Görneç crossbar to AYDIN who prodded it in.   1-2.

This gave Bahçeli heart, but having got back into the game they were caught cold by sloppy defending in the 63rd minute. A long ball glanced off the top of Bahçeli defender Abdullah’s head and straight into the path of LEVENT who sent in a low shot past a badly positioned Tuğrul.


Görneç who were playing in the same League as Esentepe 2 seasons ago looked like a team who desperately want to regain their League status. They played as a team whereas Bahçeli relied on individuals. ARDA for Görneç was my “man of the match”, for a “big unit” he was surprisingly very mobile on the floor and would be a very useful signing for Esentepe.

For Bahçeli there were a number of useful performers, notably youngsters Emrah and Sınan, Substitute Aydın after coming on also made a difference in midfield.

BAHÇELI TEAM: Tuğrul (gk). Serdal, Emrah, Hasan, Raşit (Soner 56), Sınan (Yakup 71), Cafer (Aydın 27), Kazım, Abdullah, Uğurcan, Cemre.

Bahçeli SK team line up
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