By Richard Beale ….

With the Group so tight a win for Bahçeli would have seen them “top of table”, instead they have slumped to the bottom of the table their season in disarray. Beaten by their bitter rivals Karadeniz, who now lead the table and beaten by a side who played with 10 men for 60 minutes.

Result : KARADENIZ 61 2 BAHÇELİ SK 1

Sunday June 3, 2018 : BTM League 2, Group 2 : Akova Eray Vudali Stadi

I came to watch a football game which as a match had everything you could wish for, a tense struggle with so much at stake the possibility of a ‘top spot’ prize for the winners.

However what I witnessed were disgraceful and disturbing scenes that I have never seen before at a football match. After Bahceli had pulled a goal back in the 70th minute trouble started between both sets of supporters as the Police struggled to keep the two warring factions apart. The last 20 minutes of the game should have been an exciting climax but was spoilt by the simmering tension and atmosphere. When the final whistle blew there was an incident on the pitch between some of the players which developed into skirmishes, that was all that was needed to ignite the blue touch paper as supporters clambered over the fence to join in the battles.

It was violent, sad and disgraceful, with both sets of players and supporters having let their Clubs and Villages down. I won’t dwell on it, but I expect both Clubs will face disciplinary action from the Football Federation, possibly points deduction.

Back to the football – Bahçeli paraded their 3 new signings this week, striker Ibrahim Çelik,(from Geçitkale), defenders Barış Yilmaz (Tatlisu) and ex Esentepe player Salih Yanmis.

These signing certainly made a difference to Bahçeli as they started playing their best football of the season. They attacked quickly using the speed of Ibrahim, with crisp passing and had a number of chances to take the lead, with Ibrahim, Umur and Uğurcan going close.

Karadeniz were no slouches either using the fast raiding widemen Ekrem and Reşat. In midfield the barrel chested and combative Mustafa Kaya was working prodigiously.

Karadeniz goalkeeper Yakin made a flying save to keep out a powerful shot from Umar in the 24th minute.

In the 30th minute Karadeniz was reduced to 10 men when defender Doğan was sent off after a horrendous tackle on Ibrahim Çelik which left the Bahçeli forward rolling in agony.

Bahceli continued to miss chances and were made to pay when Karadeniz against the run of play took the lead in the 43rd minute. Bahçeli defender Cafer brought down the Karadeniz Captain OGÜN DURSUN, who dusted himself down and put away the subsequent penalty. HALF TIME SCORE : 1-0.

ÖGUN scoring for Karadeniz from a penalty and right HALIL scoring for Bahçeli

Karadeniz completely shook Bahceli when they increased their lead in the 54th minute with a brilliant breakaway goal. Bahceli had players upfield for a free kick that was cleared to the halfway line to Karadeniz lone striker Türker who held the ball up well and took out a couple of defenders before squaring the ball across to YUSUF ALTINER a defender who broke from his own half to finish the move to send the Karadeniz supporters into raptures. 2-0

You could not tell that Karadeniz were down to 10 men urged on by their vociferous and partizan supporters they chased, closed down on everything. They have three giant defenders well over 6 foot tall, goalscorer Yusuf, Ibrahim and Gökan and Bahçeli attacks floundered against players as they desperately tried to get back into the game. Karadeniz Captain Ogün was leading by example, getting through a tremendous amount of work. The same can be said for Bahçeli’s Uğurcan who was trying his damnedest to find a break through for his team.

Bahceli at last reduced the deficit in the 70th minute, when substitute HALIL NEBİLOĞLU latched onto a through ball from Cemre to prod past Yakin. 2-1.

After that goal I don’t wish to remember what went on afterwards. FULL TIME SCORE : 2-1