By Richard Beale……..
Report from : Our Special Correspondent.
Thankfully I was still in the UK and our “special correspondent” who was at the match, covering the game said I didn’t miss much as it was lack lustre with most of the action confined to the middle third of the pitch.
Result : Esentepe KKSK 0 Doğanci SK 0
Saturday 30 December 2017 : K-Pet League 1: Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.
There was no evidence of any New Year spirit as both teams fought out a drab goalless draw, which will be quickly forgotten by those who attended the match.
It will be seen on paper that joint leaders Esentepe dropped 2 points against struggling Doğancı, who would have been very happy with a point. Perhaps we should be reminded that last season with both teams in similar positions Doğancı came away with all 3 points in a 2-0 win, so maybe for Esentepe it was a case of a point gained.
On a sunny afternoon the pitch was “tacky” in places after the recent rain.
A through ball from Doğancı from Salih Oyal aimed for striker Mehmet Kum was quickly dealt with by Esentepe keeper Kemal who came out quickly to thwart any danger.
The only other action of a dreadful first half saw Kemal field a low shot. HALF TIME SCORE : 0-0
Kemal continued to be the busier of the two keepers, diving to save a low shot from Mehmet Kum after good work on the left by Hakan in the 60th minute.
Emre Soytürk produced one of the rare highlights for Esentepe in the 79th minute with a characteristic run from the promising teenager. He found Başak on the right, continued running to receive the Captain’s return pass, before bombing on into the area only to be forced to shoot wide, as Doğancı defenders closed him down.
Other than a late strike from outside the box from Esentepe’s Hasan Özçelik that was easily fielded by keeper Adnan, that was it for any more action. FULL TIME SCORE : 0-0.
SUMMING UP : Esentepe now go into the “winter break”, unbeaten on 9 matches and in second place in the League. A fantastic effort by the team and Coaching staff considering the limited squad and resources we have. The players can take a well earned rest and to enable some of those niggling injuries to heal, content with their work in the first half of the season.
ESENTEPE TEAM : KEMAL (gk): Emre, Nersin, Hasan Sungur, Onur : Ahmet, Ismaıl (Yakup 66), Mahmut, Burak (Muhammed 80): Başak (c) : Hasan Özçelik
Replacements not used : Hüseyin Ikinci (gk) Hüseyin Ermiş, Asil Arif.
DOĞANCI TEAM: Adnan (gk), Cemal (c), Emre, Necip, Muhammet, Salih Oyal, Mehmet, Salih Düzbeyaz (Yilmaz 85), Ersen, Azmi (Hakan 45, Civan 55), Huseyin..
Referee : Ozal Kel.
Yellow Cards : Esentepe : Hasan Özçelik. Doğancı : Cemal.
NEXT ESENTEPE MATCH : At the end of January AWAY to AKOVA details to follow.
I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY 2018.
Video highlights of the Esentepe KKSK v Doğanci SK match by Graham Procter-Brown