Phew! Esentepe just shade it

By Richard Beale …..

A tough match with little to choose between the two sides finished with a solitary goal victory for Esentepe thanks to a strike from Eray Ergin following up after a Kaan penalty had been saved. In a very competitive, but not a dirty match both sides finished the match with 10 men.


Sunday October 20, 2019 : K- Pet League 1 : Esentepe Erdal Barut Stadium

A warm sunny October afternoon attracted a large crowd with quite a number making their way over from Lapta. For the first time this season a number of Expats also made the numbers up.

This was a much welcomed win for Esentepe, who have plummeted to the lower half of the table. The only downside was they had another sending off, this time striker Eray needlessly red carded in injury time. Eray scorer of the only goal is the only fit recognised striker on the books, so once again an already limited squad will face an uphill task over the next 2 weeks.

Esentepe go on the attack, in the red and white strip.


17 mins : A well worked Esentepe move saw Eray offloading the ball to Kaan, who held the ball up well before passing back to Mahmut whose shot went over the bar.

22 mins: Mahmut tried his luck again, this time on the left hand side with a shot that just went wide of the post.

Midway through the first half Lapta appeared to be getting back into the match, but Esentepe central defenders Kaan Arsu and Nersin were keeping a close eye on Lapta’s tall powerful leading goalscorer Ömer Kayusız. 

42 mins : Mahmut was certainly shooting on sight, just before the break he caused Lapta’s keeper Emrah an anxious moment firing a right wing cross shot which went just past the post. HALF TIME SCORE 0-0.

48 mins : Esentepe took the lead following a Mustafa Günlü corner from the right which was completely misjudged by a Lapta defender who handled the ball. Kaan’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Emrah diving to his left. The  ball went to ERAY ERGIN showing great awareness quickly latching onto the loose ball to fire the ball into the net. 1-0.

52 mins : Onur the Esentepe goalkeeper who had been having a relatively quiet afternoon was brought into action, diving to his left to parry a Kemal shot for a corner.

64 mins : A quick breakaway by Esentepe saw Eray square the ball across to Kaan whose low shot was saved by the diving Emrah.

67 mins : Kaan went even closer scraping the Lapta crossbar with a shot from outside the area.

78 mins : One of Lapta’s twins Göksel Soyer was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for holding onto an Esentepe player.

Full credit to Lapta down to 10 men, they took the game to Esentepe causing Onur and the Esentepe defence some anxious moments.

Esentepe were desperately looking for a second killer goal, but found themselves pinned back in their own half.

Lapta pushed their big central defender Yusuf upfront as an axillary striker, as Esentepe clung on.

90 + 1 mins : Esentepe were down to 10 men when Eray who had previously been booked, came back to help out his defence but only succeeding in scything down Doğukan and was dismissed. FULL TIME SCORE :1-0

SUMMING UP : A tough match between two evenly matched teams, both sides were crying out for a “midfield general” to unlock two tight defences.

Esentepe down to their “bare bones” following all their red cards worked tirelessly for each other. There are no “slackers” in this team, if they lose possession of the ball, they close down their opponents quickly.

Special mention for young “emergency” right back Emre Mutlu playing out of position had a very sound match. ‘Man of the Match” for Esentepe for me was Captain and defender NERSIN OSMAN, who used all of his experience to marshal his defence and keep Lapta striker Ömer quiet.

Match video highlights by Graham Procter Brown