By Richard Beale …..
Result : ESENTEPE U21 1 L. GENÇLER BIRLİĞİ 1
Saturday December 29 : K-Pet Super U21 League
Though not at their best the Esentepe youngsters created enough chances to secure all 3 points. A combination of good and sometimes desperate defending, good saves by the goalkeeper and wasteful finishing should have had L.Gençler Birliği dead and buried long before the final whistle Esentepe paid the price when the visitors equalised from a breakaway 3 minutes from time.
Esentepe were missing several players due to injuries, suspensions or unavailability but they should have been too good for lowly LGB who were 4th bottom placed team in the League.
Esentepe took the lead in the 27th minute when following an Emre corner from the left SEMIH ARSLAN rose high to head past the keeper. 1-0.
Sükrü was causing havoc to the visitors’ defence and he should have helped himself to a couple of goals but his finishing was poor.
Left SEMİH ARSLAN about to head Esentepe into the lead. Right Mustafa Günlü on the attack.
LGB were a strong physical team, they created little upfront, but they hung in there, due to Esentepe’s poor finishing, while the score remained 1-0 they were always in with a chance of stealing a point.
They did so in the 87th minute following an Esentepe corner, the ball was cleared upfield to MURAT DELİBAŞ who went on into the Esentepe area and shot low into the net.
For Esentepe it was 2 points lost rather than 1 point gained. FULL TIME SCORE :1-1
Esentepe finish the first half of the season next weekend when they face a daunting task away to the runaway and current unbeaten leaders Türk Ocak.
Details : Saturday January 5 : ko 11-00 at Karaoğlanoğlu Orhan Dural Stadi.
TÜRK OCAK U21 v ESENTEPE U21.