By Richard Beale……..
Esentepe are now 8 matches unbeaten, winning in the end against a plucky 10 man Mehmetçik team. The home side lost defender Hasan Aktas after a bad foul in the 35th minute just when they were enjoying their best spell of the match. Metmekçik remain firmly anchored to the bottom having now lost 7 games on the trot.
Result: MEHMETÇİK TCB 0 ESENTEPE KKSK 3
Saturday December 23rd 2017: K-Pet League 1 : Mehmetçık Stadi
Esentepe took the lead as early as the 2nd minute, when Esentepe Captain Başak put pressure on Mehmetçik defender Stelios the Greek Cypriot midfielder that unfortunately he headed into his own net 0-1
After this the game sank into stalemate with Esentepe trying to boss the match but were thwarted by a plucky and determined home side.
After prolonged pressure by the home team it was finally relieved by Esentepe defender NERSIN making a timely clearance.
Esentepe keeper Kemal was brought into action making a fine save in the 32nd minute. The Mehmetçik momentum was halted in the 35th minute when defender Hasan Aktas tripped Eser in an off the ball incident and was sent off.
Nersin was having a fine match for Esentepe again he put his body on the line making a fine clearance from a free kick. HALF TIME SCORE: 0-1
Esentepe must have had a good talking to at half time as they came out from the break a different team and were rewarded with a goal in the 46th minute from their leading goal scorer HASAN ÖZÇELİK who netted from close range from an Eser short cross. Mehmetçik, despite being down to 10 men, continued to battle on with the dangerous Mehmet Çil heading just wide from a Ridvan cross.
Mehmetçik keeper Firki made a fine save from a great cross ball,
Back came the home side with Kemal tipping a good shot over bar and Mehmet Çil headed straight into Kemal’s arms.
Esentepe finally wrapped the game up in the 79th minute with HASAN ÖZÇELİK scoring with a header at the far post from a Mahmut corner, for his second goal of the match and his 10th of the season. FULL TIME SCORE: 0-3
MEHMETÇİK TEAM : Firki (gk) , Murat, Emir (Ridvan 46 ), Hasan, Uğürcan, Stelios,Mehmet, (Mahmut 70), Halıl(Hasan 60),Uğür, Ali, Barış
ESENTEPE TEAM : Kemal (gk): Emre, Hasan Songur, NERSIN (Asil Arif 84), Onur : Ahmet ( Muhammed 80), Ismail ( Hüseyin Ermiş 65), Eser,:Başak: Hasan Özçelik
Esentepe replacements not used: Hüseyin Ikinci (gk), Burak, Yakup
MAN OF THE MATCH: NERSİN
Red card: Hasan Aktas (35), Yellow cards : Mehmet Çil,Uğür(Mehmetçik) Emre (Esentepe)
ESENTEPE NEXT MATCH: Home v Doğancı, Saturday December 30, Kick off 2-00pm
Video highlights of the MEHMETÇİK TCB ve ESENTEPE KKSK match by Graham Procter-Brown