By Richard Beale ….
Fifth placed Çetinkaya had a comfortable win over a disappointing Esentepe team. They were leading 4-0 with 10 minutes left to play, which maybe was a little flattering to them. Esentepe rallied and scored two late goals in the last 10 minutes to make the score more respectable which in the end was a fair score.
Result: CETINKAYA TSK 4 ESENTEPE KKSK 2
Saturday 13 April, 2019 : K-Pet Super League : Lefkoşa Atatürk Stadium.
The Atatürk Stadium remains a “bogey” ground for Esentepe, in the last 10 seasons they have never won or even drawn here and in Saturday’s match they never looked like breaking that “voodoo”. Three matches ago after winning two consecutive matches, morale and confidence were high, now after losing their last two matches and conceding 10 goals, that has deserted them and they are not looking like a team that can escape relegation through the Play Offs.
They only have themselves to blame they should have gone into the interval leading, missing a couple of glorious chances. Like Brit-exit hopes Esentepe defence then disappeared for 30 minutes allowing Çetinkaya to take a comfortable 4-0 lead. This was mainly due to the efforts of Çetinkaya’s “foreign imports” Africans Faye Bapiste, Ugochukwu and Herve Amoni who as a trio were very impressive and they were the main difference between the two teams.
In fairness to Esentepe, they rallied in the last 10 minutes, pulling the score back to a more respectable 4-2, and it could have been closer when they had a penalty appeal turned down after an Ahmet cross had struck a defenders hand.
A week ago the Atatürk Stadium was an arena full of noise a great atmosphere created by a large crowd as leaders Yenicamı and second placed Mağusa Türk Gücü clashed.
For Saturday’s match there were barely a 100 spectators in the ground (capacity 26000), there was no noise nor atmosphere it was more like a morgue. With the weather being warm and muggy this probably was the reason for such a lethargic start to the match.
Match action Esentepe in red
22 MINS : Esentepe had a great chance to take the lead following a long free kick on the right by Mahmut, central defender Mustafa Kiliç rose unchallenged but sent a poor header wide from a good position.
25 mins : Çetinkaya had a great opportunity themselves to open the score, when Esentepe goalkeeper Onur made a hash of clearing a back pass, he miss kicked the ball straight to Ugochukwu who, presented with an open goal, shot wide.
31 mins ; UGOCHUKWU did get on the scoresheet eventually when Onur could only parry a dangerous cross from the left by Herve straight into the path of the African striker to score easily. 1-0
45 mins : Esentepe wasted another opportunity to equalise when good work on the left by Efosa beating a couple of players, setting up Yakup in a great position. The young midfielder was forced wide by goalkeeper Cenk and saw his shot blocked by a defender on the line, the ball rebounded to Yakup but he blasted a cross/shot wide. HALF TIME SCORE : 1-0.
46 mins : A great cross by Çetinkaya right back Tunç saw Herve head weakly wide.
47 mins ; Junior did well winning the ball back from an opponent on the right, he cut inside the box and hit a left footed shot that was saved by the diving Cenk.
50 mins : Herve had another chance after being put through but sent his shot high over the bar.
51 mins ; Esentepe goalkeeper Onur made a good diving save from a header from Ugochukwu following a Çağdaş cross.
55 mins : Çetinkaya increased their lead with another simple goal. Herve crossed to the far post from the left where an unmarked UGOCHUKWU scored his second goal of the match. 2-0
64 mins : Esentepe’s Junior lost possession of the ball to Herve on the left who outstripped Vurkan before sending over a cross for FAYE to score easily. 3-0
70 mins : A cross from the right by Ugochukwu was missed by Faye and Onur leaving HERVE AMANI a free diving header at the far post. 4-0.
This meant all of the Çetinkaya’s goals not only were scored by their African players they also provided the assistance for their colleagues to score as well.
82 mins : A good goal by Esentepe’s UĞURCAN who cut inside the area from the right and sent an unstoppable shot past Cenk that hit the far post before nestling into the net. 4-1.
86 mins: Good work on the right by Uğurcan and substitute Emre set up EFOSA FRANCIS to score with a shot that took a deflection off a defender and into the net. 4-2
87 mins : another one of Esentepe replacements Ahmet had a left wing cross that appeared to hit the hand of a defender, but referee Osman and his linesman were having none of it despite Esentepe appeals. FULL TIME SCORE: 4-2