By Richard Beale ….

The TRNC National Football team took a big step in their bid to reach the Tournament’s Quarter Final stage with a convincing 3-1 win against Tibet.

Group B Second Match

Result : TRNC 3 TIBET 1

Saturday June 2nd: CONIFA CUP 2018: Enfield Queen Elizabeth Stadium, London.

The TRNC National Football team took a big step in their bid to reach the Tournament’s Quarter Final stage with a convincing 3-1 win against Tibet.

The large contingent of TRNC supporters did not have to wait long to see their team take an early lead in the second minute. HALIL TURAN scored with a hard shot from inside the penalty area. 1-0.

The Mağusa Türk Gücü striker almost scored again in the 6th minute but was denied by a good save from the Tibetan Goalkeeper Bhakbu.

Tibet equalised in the 41st minute following a goal direct from a free kick by TOPGYAL, despite a valiant attempt from the TRNC goalkeeper Hasan Piro to save it. 1-1.

Action photo and team celebrations from TRNC v Tibet match

62 minutes TRNC hit the bar from an effort from Tansel. However the National side did not have to wait much longer when HALIL TURAN scored his second goal in the 65th minute. The striker received the ball in the penalty area turned and shot past Bhakbu. 2-1.

The Super League’s leading goalscorer UĞUR GÖK wrapped the game up for the TRNC when he fastened onto a Firat through ball to slip the ball past Bhakbu. 

FULL TIME SCORE : 3-1

Group B third Match

Result : TRNC 2 ABKHAZIA 2

Sunday June 3rd; Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Enfield.

The final Group match saw the TRNC denied of a second victory when they conceded a penalty in injury time which subsequently was scored by Abkhazia Argyn to square the match. The TRNC still qualified as runners for the quarter finals behind Group winners Karpatalja. They will meet the host nation Barawa (Somalia), though the match will be played in London on Tuesday June 5th.

Abkhazia took the lead after 21 minutes when MAKASEVS scored with a powerful shot from outside the box.

TRNC equalised after 34 minutes when a long throw in from Kenan was headed in by ÜNAL

Action photo and team celebrations from TRNC v Abkhazia match

KENAN OSHAN scored after 77 minutes with a shot which looked like winning it for the Cypriot side only for them to concede an injury time equaliser.

WHO QUALIFIED ?

Group A Winners: BARAWA (Somalia), Runners up : Cascadia (USA/Canada)

Group B Winners: KARPATALJA (Hungary) Runners up : TRNC

Group C Winners: PADANIA (Holders, Italy) Runners up : Szekely Land (Romania)

Group D Winners: WESTERN ARMENIA Runners up : Punjab.

QUARTER FINAL MATCHES (to be played Tuesday June 5th)

TRNC v BARAWA (Gander Green Lane Sutton ko 5-00pm)

PADANIA v PUNJAB

KARPATALJA v CASCADIA

WESTERN ARMENIA v SZEKELY LAND.

WHAT IS THE CONIFA CUP ?

It is an International football tournament held every year for States, Minorities, Stateless people and regions unaffiliated with FIFA

Photos : Arena Sporkolk – Ahmet ÖZYAŞAR and Recep ÖZKAMALİ (KTSYD London)