By Richard Beale ……
This vital “6 pointer” match was decided by an early Küçük Kaymaklı goal with Esentepe once again failing to find the opposition net and slipped to their sixth successive defeat to leave them firmly anchored in the bottom two.
Result : ESENTEPE KKSK 0 KÜÇÜK KAYMAKLI TSK 1
Saturday November 18: K-Pet Super League : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.
On a cold, grey cloudy afternoon the crowd was very disappointing being Esentepe’s lowest home gate of the season.
Like the weather the Esentepe performance was gloomy and for the first time this season heads began to drop and some of the self belief that the team had, showed signs of evaporating.
ESENTEPE KKSK v KÜCÜK KAYMAKLI TSK
Küçük Kaymaklı fired an early warning shot with their first attack in the first minute when African right winger Asare fastening onto a Ramadan pass only to hit the outside of the Esentepe post with his shot.
The warning went unheeded after 5 minutes, when an identical move Ramadan found ASARE who outstripped Uğurcan before firing in a shot that beat goalkeeper Ali at his near post. 0-1.
Esentepe immediately hit back when Sane sent Ahmet away on the right and his cross was knocked back by Odi into the path of Burak who fired over the bar.
The Sane and Ahmet combination were in action again in the 16th minute this time Ahmet’s low shot was pounced on by the diving Raıf.
Esentepe were having plenty of possession, another low Ahmet cross in the 39th minute saw San’s shot parried by goalkeeper Raıf with a K. Kaymaklı defender completing the clearance. HALF TIME SCORE : 0-1
48 mins : K. Kaymaklı attacked early on, with an Osman cross from the right saw Yağis in a great position but luckily for Esentepe his shot was deflected for a corner.
Esentepe were creating a couple of half chances Kaan collecting the ball on his left, cut inside and brought a low diving save from Raıf with his shot.
53 mins; Ahmet whipped in a dangerous cross from the right just failing to find the onrushing Mehmet Çil and Odi.
Esentepe Sane was becoming a more and more influential figure and most of the Esentepe moves were orchestrated by him.
With Esentepe committing men forward this left them vulnerable to the quick counter attack with the visitors spurning two great scoring opportunities to sew the game up within 3 minutes of each other.
76 mins : Substitute Evor John Bello beat both Hasan and Moses down the right before sending a low cross over finding Yağis in a great position, his volley being brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Ali.
79 mins : Rifat Hacıarifoğlu was clean through with only Ali to beat but the K. Kaymaklı player put his shot wide of the goal.
Esentepe were now becoming desperate and big central defender Zady Moses was pushed upfront to add his height and strength to Esentepe’s impotent attack.
K. Kaymaklı continued to look dangerous on the break and Asare spurned another great chance by shooting over the bar. FULL TIME SCORE : 0-1
SUMMING UP : I don’t think Esentepe would have scored as the saying goes “in a month of Sundays”. Küçük Kaymaklı were not in the same class as some of the previous teams we have played but they were still too good for Esentepe.
As I said previously this was a disappointing, demoralising defeat we should beat or at least have got something against a team of this standard.
Still with over 60 points still to play for there is time and hope but things must change sooner rather than later.
Video highlights of the match courtesy of Graham Procter-Brown