North Cyprus Football : Bahçeli Lose Vital Match


By Richard Beale ……

This match, which both sides could not afford to lose,  ended with Bahçeli losing and therefore with one match left to play their chance of making it to the “play offs” this season are over. Iskele Trabzon finish their season on Sunday when they play leaders Karadeniz 61 at Famagusta, in a match that will decide who wıll go into the ”play offs”.


Wednesday June 13 : BTM League 2 Group 1 : Dortyöl Stadium.

A very good crowd were at Dortyöl on a balmy sultry evening. İskele dominated the first 30 minutes, leaving Bahçeli punch drunk and on the ropes. Iskele were two goals up in 15 minutes, a combination of poor finishing and some good saves by Bahçeli keeper Tuğrul, the score could well have been 4-0. Time and time again Bahçeli were caught on both flanks, their defence has been their “Achilles heel” all season.

Iskele took the lead after 9 minutes when Bahçeli gave away a free kick centrally just outside the box. UĞUR AKTAŞ took the kick, bending the ball pass the wall and beating a rooted Tugrul at the near post. 1-0.

With Bahçeli defender Mehmet, limping with a pulled hamstring injury, Iskele took advantage of this as they broke quickly down the right through Uğur his cross was swept home by DOĞAN GÜNEY in the 15th minute. 2-0.

Bahçeli defence under pressure

Mehmet, then limped off to be replaced by Eşref but the damage had been done.

Yasin Kurt had at least two golden opportunities to increase the lead, but failed to hit the target. When he did he was thwarted by a brilliant point-blank range save by Tuğrul.

After the first half hour, Bahçeli at last showed signs of waking from their slumber as Umar and Ibrahim Çelik, started to look dangerous, that combination provided the visitors with a lifeline when they pulled a goal back after 40 minutes. IBRAHIM ÇELIK started the move on the left, finding Umar, who with a delightful flick put in Ibrahim to beat Batuhan in the Iskele goal. 2-1.

Bahçeli then had their best spell of the match, it was a shame that the interval came as they were just building up a head of steam. HALF TIME SCORE : 2-1.

Bahçeli could not maintain the momentum they had before the break and it was Iskele who went close with Doğan Güney curling a shot wide and then heading over the bar from a good position.

After 60 minutes Bahçeli broke away led by Umar, he found Ibrahim who set up Halil with a chance, that brought a diving save from Batuhan.

The match ended as a competitive match when the home side caught the visitors cold in the 67th minute. Eşref lost possession to MEHMET ÇAVDAR who looked up and seeing Tuğrul slightly out of position, sent a shot from around 35 yards over the goalkeeper and into the net. Mehmet deserved his goal as he had been Iskele’s best player. 3-1.

With that goal a number of the Bahçeli supporters were seen heading for the exit.

With Bahçeli needing to score three times, the game lost its edge as Iskele were quite content to see out the final 20 minutes.

Bahçeli did pull a goal back in the 80th minute, through SONER SOYTÜRK who beat Batuhan with a curling shot after a corner had been cleared to him. 3-2.

The expectant onslaught by Bahçeli didn’t happen and their hopes for the season evaporated. FULL TIME SCORE ; 3-2

SUMMING UP : Iskele were worthy winners, they have some good players MEHMET ÇAVDAR was outstanding as he bossed the midfield. Ugur Aktaş and Yasin Kurt always provided a threat. In defence Captain and veteran defender Sekan Ögüt was rock solid.

For Bahçeli UMAR, their best player, closely followed by Çemre worked tirelessly to get their team going.

This season Bahçeli promised a lot and had on paper a strong team. But all season they have shipped goals with ease and that has been their downfall, so they must remain in the BTM League 2 for another season.