By Richard Beale …….
Nigerian CANDY AUGUSTINE AGBANE Lefke’s winger tore Esentepe apart in a dazzling display of skill and trickery. Esentepe had no answer to him and they could have well came away from their longest away trip with an even greater margin of defeat.
Result : LEFKE TSK 4 ESENTEPE KKSK 0
Saturday February 2, 2019 : K-Pet Super League : Lefke 16 Ağustos Stadı
Esentepe new Coach Hasan Cagler’s first League match in charge ended in defeat as they were thrashed by a rampant Lefke side.
His plans were disrupted before the match with the “unavailability” of first team goalkeeper Ali Karal, he was forced to give a Super League debut to Ali’s understudy 21 year old Onur Özbilgul. Last season Onur was part of Esentepe promotion winning team but playing as a defender, has now been converted into a goalkeeper. Onur did not let his team down, maybe he could have done a little better with Lefke’s first goal but he made a number of important saves to keep the score down.
Esentepe Debutant Goalkeeper ONUR ÖZBİLGUL in action
Lefke’s magnificent Stadium was looking resplendent in the early spring sunshine after all the recent rains, the playing surface was lush and immaculate.
13 mins : Lefke first goal came from a wickedly taken corner on the left taken by Yilmaz, Goalkeeper Onur could only palm the ball from underneath his own crossbar to KASIM who rocketed the ball in. 1-0.
Esentepe first half display was not good enough, their passing was poor and they gave the ball away too often, or were easily knocked off the ball by an enterprising Lefke team. Yilmaz, Kaan and Kasım controlled the midfield giving plenty of ammunition supplying the lively Candy who was tormenting Esentepe defence.
Esentepe Cameroon International Junior was getting poor service from his midfielders and was often a lone wolf upfront having to contend with two strong defenders in Yakup and Aykut. However in the 50th minute Kaan sent over a cross which Sane headed into the path of the Esentepe striker who tried a speculative scissor kick that went over the Lefke bar.
Junior then brought the Lefke keeper Mehmet into action when he controlled a long ball from Yakup and let fly with a shot that had the Lefke keeper leaping to his left to push the shot away for a corner.
52 mins : Esentepe were punished for some poor defending when a corner from the left taken by Yilmaz saw Esentepe defence static and MEHMET VOLKAN prodded the ball home. 2-0.
61 mins : Lefke should have increased their lead when Candy went on a mazy dribble past 3 Esentepe defenders before sending over a cross to the near post to Nnameka Uzur his close range shot hit the post and rebounded across goal to the Lefke winger but Onur managed to scramble the ball away for a corner.
73 mins : Lefke were not to be kept waiting long for their third goal which was deservedly scored by “Man of the Match” CANDY. From an Esentepe corner the ball was cleared upfield to Kasim who put Candy away, the Nigerian went on unchallenged and beat the advancing Onur 3-0.
90+2 mins : Lefke rubbed salt into Esentepe wounds with another simple goal when Yusuf brushing aside some weak challenges put in KASIM who scored his second goal. FULL TIME SCORE : 4-0.
“The Candyman ” Nigerian CANDY AUGUSTINE AGBANE
SUMMING UP : Lefke are a mid table team who were made to look like potential Champions by Esentepe who were outfought, outplayed and looked like a League 1 team.
To be fair to them though they never gave up, they put the effort in, you can see on the players faces that it’s hurting to lose, they just simply haven’t the resources or squad to compete. Even though they conceded 4 goals Esentepe defenders Şahin and Hasan had reasonable games and upfront Junior did try to create something out of nothing.
The transfer window is now closed Coach Hasan has been dealt the cards, there will be no more additions, he has been given the smallest squad in the League he faces a huge task of keeping Esentepe in the Super League.
Video highlights of the match courtesy of Graham Procter-Brown