By Richard Beale ……
A 94th minute goal from new signing JUNIOR ATHONY MFEDE was his first competitive goal for the Club which enabled Esentepe to progress into the second round of the Kıbrıs Cup for the first time in many a season.
Result : ESENTEPE KKSK 1 KARŞIYAKA ASK 0
Sunday 27 January 2019 : Kıbrıs Cup First Round : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium.
Free admission meant a healthy crowd were in attendance as Super League Club Esentepe made hard work of dispatching their League 1 opponents.
For the first 35 minutes of the game both sides had chances as the match was very open with some delightful moves from both teams and provided good entertainment value. After that defences gradually got on top and the second half in particular was very poor.
New signing Cameroon International Junior was very prominent in the opening half-hour and should probably have opened his account for the Club earlier
5 mins : Junior had a half chance but his shot was blocked by the Karşıyaka keeper Şiho Yaşaroğlu.
7 mins : Esentepe Uğurcan was robbed of the ball in his own goal area by Eyüp who looked certain to score with only goalkeeper Onur to beat but the winger shot wide.
8 mins : Uğurcan made amends a minute later bursting up on the right before sending over a cross that Junior managed to get a head to only to be denied by a good diving save by Şiho.
44 mins : New signing Ahmet Çağer put over a cross from the left and Junior headed the ball just wide.
23 mins : A great Esentepe move involving all three of their African players Sane, Efosa and Junior ended with the latter having a shot deflected by a defender and goalkeeper Şiho completed the save by pushing the ball away for a corner.
Esentepe defence (in black) strongly defending
Esentepe probably created more chances in the opening period than they had in all of their previous 15 matches this season!.
34 mins : The all action Junior was a handful for the Karşıyaka defence, he outstripped Ertu before screwing his shot just wide of goal as Şiho advanced on him.
35 mins : Karşıyaka came close themselves when Eyup sent in a lob from the left which beat goalkeeper Onur only for the ball to hit the top of the Esentepe crossbar.
HALF TIME : 0-0
50 mins : Another good move by Esentepe started by Kaan ended with Yakup putting Kaan through on the right but goalkeeper Şiho was alert and managed to block the Esentepe player shot with his feet.
After that incident the game really went off the boil, there were plenty of possessions from Esentepe but the final ball was poor.
It looked like the match would go into extra time and after that the possibility of a penalty shoot out as the fifth official signalled 5 minutes of added on time to be played.
94 mins : Esentepe at last scored when a quality cross from the right from Uğurcan found JUNIOR on the edge of the area, this time the forward hit his shot powerfully past the diving Şiho to see Esentepe through to the next round. FULL TIME SCORE 1-0
Esentepe “Man of the Match” UĞURCAN in action
SUMMING UP : A good work out for the team before the League action starts next week. It is noticeable that Esentepe are playing with more freedom under new Coach Hasan Çağer.
But also noticeable is Esentepe lack of forwards, if Junior gets injured who will replace him?