By Richard Beale….
Despite being a goalless draw this was no way boring, with plenty of endeavor and effort all that was missing was a goal.
Result: DÖRTYOL SK 0 v KARŞIYAKA ASK 0
Sunday October 13, 2019 : K-Pet League 1 : Dörtyol Stadı.
With sport on the TV being a little scarce I decided this would be an ideal opportunity in taking in another local football match. Dörtyol that name will seem familiar, yes you go through it if you are heading for the border crossing at Beyarmudu/Pyla, if you turn right at the bend then you will come across a nice newish football stadium on the left. Dörtyol village is football mad, everywhere you go you see kids playing soccer, no electronic games here! They have a thriving soccer academy catering for all ages, they love their football.
I must admit for having a soft spot for them after seeing them get promotion from the BTM League into the K-Pet League 1 during the summer. They have the most enthusiastic supporters on the island, noisy yes, but they create a unique atmosphere in the Stadium. Never a hint of trouble they always make you feel welcome.
Dörtyol are holding their own in the higher standard of football currently 9th place as compared with Karşıyaka in 8th position, so probably a draw would have been inevitable.
Karşıyaka are a big powerful team most of their players are built like tanks! The only player who is not is their midfield player TAHIR SOUVUKOLLIK, who I thought was their best player only a “will of a wisp of a lad” he is hard to knock off the ball, very skilful and has a good engine on him. He came the closest to scoring for Karşıyaka earlier in the second half and it was a surprises that he was replaced later in the half.
Match action, Dörtyol are in the green strip.
Karşıyaka in the first half had 3 goals disallowed one for a push, one for offside and one an own goal that was erased because of a foul.
The closet Dörtyol came to scoring was in the 17th minute following a corner that was partially cleared to the edge of the box where Mustafa Ali Arslan cut in the area before sending a shot against the post. HALF TIME SCORE 0-0
Karşıyaka penned Dörtyol inside their own half for the first 20 minutes and in that period they should have been in front.
In the 51st minute Tahir starting the move in midfield passed to Eyüp and kept on running into the box where he received the return pass, but with only the goalkeeper to beat the diminutive midfield player shot over the bar.
A couple of minutes later Tahir was through on goal again only to see his shot beat the goalkeeper and hit the inside of the far post to be frantically cleared for a corner.
Dörtyol fans suspecting that Karşıyaka were tiring and had “shot their bolt” came to life urging their team on. This got the right response as Dörtyol started putting pressure on, a nice free kick routine in the 73rd minute saw Mustafa Celiç header held by the Karşıyaka goalkeeper Siho.
A sad ending to the match came in injury time when Dörtyol winger Osman Sanverdi, who had worked his socks off was shown a second yellow card and was given his marching orders. FULL TIME SCORE : 0-0
SUMMING UP.. A very enjoyable experience on a warm afternoon. Dörtyol are a hardworking team, have a dependable defence and I really think they will survive in this League.
Karşıyaka have seen it all before they know what to expect, because of their physical strength they will be awkward to play against and will be hard to beat.