Görneç Are Nearly There!

By Richard Beale ………

BTM Red Group leaders Görneç need really only one point from their last match of the season against Serdarlı next week to regain their place in the K-Pet League 1. Despite second place team Dörtyol hammering Serdarlı 7-1, Görneç lead them by 2 points with a better goal average.


Sunday March 18 : BTM League Red Group : Görneç Üç Şehitler Stadi.

On a beautiful warm spring morning, I decided to take the mountain road from Esentepe to Görneç to watch this vital match between the first and third place teams. With an 11-00am kick off this would be perfect to watch and have plenty of time to come back and have a few beers in my local bar.

The journey to Görneç was breathtaking, where else would you have to go to see a football match which took in such beautiful scenery of the sea, and mountains. After the wet winter there was greenery everywhere, the edges of the road were filled with yellow flowers and red poppies.

The Üç Şehitler Stadium which is nestled on the hillside overlooking the Mesarya plain was also shown off by the spring sunshine. 

Heads! – Vadili defenders clear the ball in front of Görneç

Match Notes :

5 mins : Vadili were indebted to their goalkeeper Ilhan who made a brilliant point blank save from Erkan after a good run and cross on the right by Hasan Akar.

22 mins : Another good run and cross from the right by Hasan Akar ended again with Erken shooting over the bar from a good position.

27 mins : A long cross/shot from Görneç right back Tahir had the Vadili goalkeeper Ilhan back-pedalling to his goal, only to see the ball clip the top of his crossbar.

34 mins ; Görneç deservedly took the lead following a corner from the right taken by 88, the ball was headed back at the far post by Rıfat Alpay to ERKEN ÖKTEN to poke in. 1-0

39 mins : Görneç top goalscorer Arda gave chase to a through ball, but shot wide of the post, where if he had known Levent was waiting unmarked in the area.

44 mins : Vadili best chance of the half came from a corner where 17 tried an overhead kick that was headed off the line just under the bar by Hacı Durlu. HALF TIME SCORE: 1-0

53 mins : Görneç continued to dominate Arda, Görneç’s burly striker found himself clear with only the keeper to beat, he lobbed the ball over Ilhan’s head and was just about to tap the ball into an empty net, when Can came racing back to clear the ball away for a corner.

73 mins : ARDA was not to be denied for long when he converted home a cross from the left from Yasar. 2-0.

At this stage Vadili were pushing men forward but were then left open at the back and they were further punished when Görneç sealed the match with a third goal.

80 mins : Great play on the right by Arda beating Umut before sending over a low cross that was met first time by YASAR DOĞU the ball hit the underside of the crossbar before crossing the line. 3-0

85 mins : Vadili scored what was only a consolation goal from the penalty spot converted by SERDER OZER after Ügur was brought down in the area. FULL TIME SCORE : 3-1


MAN OF THE MATCH ARDA (right) celebrating his goal