North Cyprus Football : Bahçeli Battered


By Richard Beale ….

Bahcelı suffered a demoralising defeat, their second consecutive defeat where they have conceded four goals. If Iskele finishing would have been more clinical then the margin of defeat would have been greater.


Sunday 13 May : BTM League 2 : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.


On a warm beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon what better than to witness this BTM League 2 match which attracted a crowd of around 125.

Bahçeli were ripped apart in the first half as every time Iskele attacked they look like they would score every time. Bahçeli had no answers to the quick thrusts on both wings and down the middle and they could easily have gone into the interval 4-1 down.

6 mins : Iskele first goal was scored by HASAN KİRMİZİ who connected with a powerful header from Mehmet Cavdar corner giving Bahçeli keeper Murat no chance. 0-1.

13 mins : Another through ball again split the Bahçeli defence where Iskele Captain TANJU KARAKAŞ latched onto it and lobbed the ball over Murat as he came out. 0-2.

Iskele continued to cut through Bahçeli’s defence and goalkeeper Murat was forced to pull off a couple of good saves.

Nothing was seen of the Bahçeli attack until in the space of around 3 minutes both sides could have scored.

Umar cross, appeared to hit a Iskele defender’s hand, but no penalty was given, the ball rebounded to Emrah who brought a diving save from Goalkeeper Tayfun. Iskele immediately launched a counter attack with Murat Delibaş clean through his shot beat Murat but hit the left hand post and rebounded into play. Bahçeli sent that ball upfield where Halil got a shot in that brought another diving save from Tayfan. HALF TIME SCORE : 0-2

Cemre had the ball into the Iskele net immediately from the kick off but was ruled offside.

This led to a sustained spell of Bahçeli pressure as they desperately tried to get back into the game.

But Bahçeli were caught by a sucker punch counter attack in the 57th minute when the dangerous Tanju created an opening to get in a shot which Murat did well to parry, only to see DOĞAN GÜNEY to score from the loose ball, with Bahçeli appealing for offside but to no avail. 0-3

65 mins : Bahçeli did eventually pulled a goal back when a good run and cross from the right by Mehmet was finished by CEMRE beating goalkeeper Tayfun with a good shot 1-3.

The fightback didn’t last long in the 72nd minute when “Man of the Match TANJU KARAKAŞ finished cooly.


SUMMING UP : A very entertaining match with both teams putting in a lot of effort. Iskele looked a class above Bahçeli, with striker TANJU looking that he could comfortably play at a higher level of football. The ammunition for him to feed on was provided in midfield by Mehmet Cavadar who looked classy. At the back Serkan, Uğur and Hasan were very solid.

For Bahçeli their problems are a leaky defence, and they folded at the back like a wet paper bag. You can’t fault them for the effort they put in. Pick of their players were Cemre, Umar and Ertan.