North Cyprus Football : Great start for Bahçeli


By Richard Beale …..

Bahçeli first match of the season ended in a win over Karadeniz in this robust “Derby” match played at a packed Esentepe Stadium.


Saturday April 28 : BTM League 2 Group 1


Yes it is correct another football season beginning, nearly into May and the hot summer not far away. The BTM League 2 is a short season there are 6 Groups with 5-6 teams in each group. The winners of each Group play a mini League then to decide who gets promoted to BTM League 1 next season. It is strictly amateur, though it does contain players who have played at a good level of football. Also evident are a number of players with grey hair and slightly rounded stomachs. But there are also some decent and talented players who will be comfortable playing in a higher standard of football.

On a warm, humid afternoon the Esentepe Stadium was packed with a noisy and boisterous crowd.

Karadeniz from Kaplica,  one of the favorites in Group 1, are expected to win the League, but Bahçeli had other ideas and produced a gutsy performance to pull off a shock win.

Action pics from the match 

The match was fast and frantic as both teams went at it like hammer and tongs. There was little skill on show but you couldn’t fault both teams who put a tremendous amount of effort into the match.

Bahçeli Coach Aras was worried before the match that he had concerns over his defence as his attack is the stronger suit. This was the opposite of what happened, the defence was strong, robust and they put in some full blooded tackles. If the defence was breached then they found the Bahçeli Goalkeeper Tuğrul Denkler in commanding form. He pulled off a number of great saves and his handling was excellent as well.

Bahçeli containing a number of Ex Esentepe players scored the only goal of the match in the 18th minute. UMAR took a free kick in a dangerous position, which looked like it would cause the Karadeniz goalkeeper İsmail no problems, unfortunately he fumbled the ball and could only help it into the net. 1-0.

BAHÇELI goal scored by UMAR – mıddle and right Man of the Match Bahçeli Goalkeeper TUĞRUL DENKLER

Other than that there were very few clear cut chances, İsmaıl made amends in the 87th minute flinging himself to his right to palm over the bar a powerful free kick from Soner.

Soner, Mehmet, Cafer, Emrah and Eşref had very good games in defence for Bahçeli so did Soner Soytürk in midfield and upfront Ali Ökan was full of running.


BAHÇELİ NEXT MATCH Sunday May 6th  ko 11-00am AWAY v YARKÖY (near Iskele)