By Richard Beale ……

The BTM League season opened last weekend and I attended this opening fixture played on Saturday morning between these two fierce rivals.

BTM League 1
Result : GEÇİTKALE GSK 3 SERDARLI GB 0

Played at Tatlısu Rauf Raif Denktaş Stadı, December 1

In this local “Derby” match Geçitkale were convincing winners despite finishing the match with 10 men after goalkeeper Gürcan was sent off for handling inside his box in the 62nd minute.

In a tight first half the football was a ‘little agriculture”, lots of effort and passion as these two neighbouring teams fought out a goalless first half.

In the second half Geçitkale scored early on in the 47th minute when ONURHAN slotted home following a good move.

Geçitkale’s second goal was scored following a breakaway a minute after they lost their goalkeeper sent off in the 63rd minute scored by MÜDJAT.

Serdarlı never recovered from that and despite Geçitkale having another player in goal, the visitors lacked a cutting edge.

MEHMET ERGÜN added a third in the 90th minute from the penalty spot after the Serdarlı keeper İbrahim brought down a Geçitkale player in the box.

Geçitkale were the more skilful team and created the better chances and deserved their win. Serdarli “huffed and puffed” but only created a few half chances.

Action from Geçitkale v Serdarlı match, Geçitkale are in white.

BTM League Results for Saturday December 1.

RED GROUP                                                                              WHITE GROUP

Dıpkarpaz 3 Gazıköy 0                                                               Karaoğlanoğlu 2 Yılmazköy 0

Geçitkale 3 Serdarlı 0                                                                 Lapta 3 Aydınköy 1

Görneç 1 Dörtyol 1                                                                     Tatlısu HOSK 1 Ortaköy 0

Mehmetçik 1 Valdili 2                                                                  Zümrütköy 3 Denızlı 2