By Richard Beale ….
Esentepe had a controversial 94th minute equaliser disallowed in this Super League match played at Guzelyurt. It was a much improved hard working performance from Esentepe, but for all their effort they have nothing to show for it.
Result : BAF ÜLKÜ YURDU 3 ESENTEPE KKSK 2
Sunday October 28, : K-PET Super League: Güzelyurt Üner Berkalp Stadium.
A glorious sunny afternoon in Güzelyurt attracted a reasonable sized crowd.
The crowd almost had a goal to cheer about in the first minute when Baf Ülkü Yurdu (BUY) Ahmet took a free kick some 35 yards out which had the Esentepe goalkeeper Ali springing to his left to push the ball away for a corner.
9 mins : Kaan had a shot on right which fizzled just over the BUY crossbar.
16 mins : A cross/cum shot from BUY Göktaş caused Ali some concern as the ball struck his crossbar and rebounded to Joseph who from a good position ballooned his shot over the bar.
Esentepe were working hard as a team, as BUY attacked they defended in numbers and it looked like they would go into the break on level terms. Unfortunately they conceded a goal at a crucial time a minute from the interval.
In an attack left winger Azat did well to control the ball slipped past Uğurcan challenge and put in a low cross to the near post where Esentepe’s Salih and BUY Joseph contested the ball, it appeared that the ball went in off the Esentepe defender but later JOSEPH would claim the goal. HALF TIME SCORE : 1-0
55 mins : BUY almost scored again through that man Joseph getting the better of a hard challenge with Salih, the Nigerian striker sped on into the Esentepe area with only goalkeeper Ali to beat, however Ali managed to block Joseph’s effort with his foot for a corner.
Salih was unable to return after that challenge and he was about to be replaced by Şahin with Esentepe down to 10 men when BUY increased their lead in the 59th minute. Esentepe Mahmut who had just come on to replace Edis with his first touch of the ball tried to pass the ball back to Ali. The ball was played horribly short, where JOSEPH nipped in and rounded Ali to score easily – a very soft goal to give away. 2-0.
To be fair Esentepe heads did not drop and in the 62nd minute they got themselves back into the game with a goal from midfielder SANE. A Kaan free kick from the right was missed by Esentepe’s Odi and his marker fell obligingly to Sane to shoot past Erodğan. 2-1
From the restart Esentepe scored again in the 63rd minute when an innocent looking cross from Kaan was headed into his net by substitute FIKRI. 2-2
BUY should have taken the lead in the 73rd minute when Sane lost the ball to Erdinç who found Azat on the left, he passed to Hüseyin with the goal at his mercy, but he shot hastily and his effort clipped the top of the Esentepe bar.
BUY didn’t have long to wait when they took the lead in the 79th minute again JOSEPH being the scorer, as he leapt high at the near post to head in a Berk corner. 3-2
Esentepe bravely took the game to BUY without creating any real chances, their cause was helped when BUY were reduced to 10 men in the 91st minute, when substitute Fikri who had already been booked was sent off for bringing down Uğurcan.
Esentepe kept pressing and virtually with the last kick of the game they had a goal disallowed. Mahmut pumped a high ball into the area aimed at Şahin who was in an offside position, but the Esentepe player made no effort to challenge for the ball, Kaan who had read the situation ran on to score. The linesman had already raised his flag, presumably thinking that Şahin had touched the ball and goal was disallowed. Strong protest from the Esentepe players and bench to the referee and linesman went unheeded and there was no reversal of the decision. FULL TIME SCORE : 3-2
Video highlights of this match by Graham Procter-Brown