By Richard Beale …..
Esentepe Under 21 team put in a good battling performance to gain a well deserved point against 5th place Küçük Kaymaklı in a thoroughly entertaining match.
Result : ESENTEPE KKSK U21 0 KÜÇUK KAYMAKLI U21 0
Saturday 17th Nov : K-Pet Super League Under 21 : Esentepe Erdal Barut.
Some 0-0 matches are boring as the scoreline suggests, this match did not fall into this category as both teams entertained the crowd in this thrilling match.
On a cold November afternoon, it was the visiting team from Lefkoşa that dominated the first half, the football was scrappy but the visitors showed that they had the more skilful players. Esentepe were working hard and making up for any difference in skill levels by dogged and determined defence. Chances for both sides were at a premium, K.Kaymaklı best opportunity to take the lead came in the 40th minute when Eran headed over a Mehmet Özsoy corner from a good position.
Just before the break Esentepe had an appeal for a penalty turned downed when striker Hürkan seemed to be brought down by goalkeeper Salih. HALF TIME SCORE : 0-0
K.Kaymaklı might have been the slightly better team in the first half, but it was Esentepe who started the second half on top, as for the first time in the match they exerted pressure on the visitors defence.
Esentepe had their best chance in the 67th minute when Efe picked up on a stray pass and made a run past defenders into the K.Kaymaklı area only to see his effort blocked by the advancing goalkeeper .
Esentepe striker Hürkan Görneçli was becoming a growing menace to the K.Kaymaklı defenders twice bringing goalkeeper Salih into action with shots.
81 minutes Hürkan’s free kick from outside the box was fumbled by Salih who was relieved to see the ball bounce over the bar for a corner.
It was end to end stuff now the match could go either way as both sets of teams gave it their all for their respective teams to try to take all 3 points.
Both teams had their chances in the closing minutes Hürkan rounded the goalkeeper only to see his effort cleared off the line by defender Barkın.
88 minutes Esentepe’s Efe fastened onto a poor clearance and was through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat but winger shot wide with the goal at his mercy.
90 minutes K. Kaymaklı could have snatched a last minute winner when following a free kick Asım shot just wide of Esentepe’s right hand post. FULL TIME SCORE : 0-0
SUMMING UP : Thank you to both sets of teams for a thoroughly entertaining match, a draw was a fair and correct result, no side deserved to lose this game.
For the visitors Mehmet Özkoy, Emre, and Arda took the eye for me.
Esentepe players worked hard as a team with substitute İzzet impressive, striker Hürkan led the line well. In defence central defenders Burak and my “man of the match” Captain ALI SOYTÜRK were strong, determined and undefeated..