February 6, 2023

By Richard Beale…..

The Mesarya bandwagon continues, another 3 points, 8 wins on the trot, the runaway leaders of League 1 are on an unstoppable run.


Saturday November 2, 2019 : K-Pet League 1 : Erdal Barut Stadium.

Mesarya continue to dominate this League, it was no disgrace for Esentepe to lose against them, they “huffed and puffed” but they could not blow the leaders house down. At least Esentepe scored a goal which is more than 6 teams have failed to do against Mesarya.

Mesarya are ambitious, they are backed by rich sponsors they want Super League football, they have assembled a very experience and talented squad. Though we are only 8 games into the season, İ can’t see how they can fail to get promotion to the Super League.

Esentepe tried their best, but they gifted 2 goals to Mesarya, through sloppy defensive play and they were punished on both occasions.

When Esentepe equalised Mesarya opening goal on the half hour the leaders became “rattled”, they started arguing amongst themselves, I really thought that the home team could cause an upset. However it was not to be, Esentepe best period of the match leading up to the half time break ended tragically for them when they gave away a goal with virtually the last kick of the half.

The second half was pretty even, Mesarya had the best chances as opposed to Esentepe half chances. It was inevitable with Esentepe pushing men upfield looking for an equaliser that they would concede a breakaway killer goal 5 minutes from the end.

A warmish Autumn afternoon failed to attract the expected large crowd, which was very disappointing.


10 mins : Calamitous defending by Esentepe lead to Mesarya’s opening goal, Mustafa Günlü sideways header was chested by Uğurcan back to fellow defender Nersin. However the Esentepe player lost his footing, HALIL TURAN nipped in, rounded goalkeeper Onur and despite Mustafa coming back to defend the goal-line, the Leagues leading goalscorer made no mistake. 0-1.

HALIL TURAN left photo scoring Mesarya’s first goal.

It was all Mesarya in the opening minutes, as the leaders dominated play but could not add to their tally.

30 mins: Out of the blue and against the run of play Esentepe equalised. Kaan did brilliantly to win the ball off Orhan and sent the overlapping Mahmut away on the right. The full back’s low cross was put into his own net by OKAN, under pressure from Eray. The Football Federation, newspapers have all credited Kaan as the goalscorer – look on Graham’s video – the camera never lies!. 1-1

42 mins : Esentepe were enjoying a “purple patch” Kaan had a low drive saved by the TRNC International Goalkeeper Hasan Piro diving to his right.

45 mins : Esentepe had the “rug taken from beneath them” on the stroke of half time. Halil Turan was again involved drawing defenders Kaan Arsu and Nersin out from the middle, before firing in a low cross to the near post that goalkeeper Onur dived and could only palm the ball into the path of FERHAT ARAZ to put Mesarya in the lead. HALF TIME SCORE : 1-2

52 mins : Mesarya had appeals for a penalty turned down, when Ferhat was put in with only goalkeeper Onur to beat. The winger appeared to trip over Onur’s outstretched leg and went tumbling to the floor, only for Referee Mustafa to wave play on.

The remainder of the match was pretty even, Esentepe had lots of possession but were unable to break down a resolute Mesarya defence in which the tall Yusuf and Okan prevented Esentepe lone striker Eray a sniff on goal.

Mesarya goalscorers HALIL TURAN (left) and FERHAT ARAZ getting in their shots.

85 mins : It was no surprise with Esentepe committing men forward that they were susceptible to a fast breakaway goal. Ferhat found HALIL TURAN on the left he left leaving Nersin in his trail, before carrying on and beating the advancing Onur. FULL TIME SCORE : 1-3

SUMMING UP : Believe it or not there wasn’t a lot to choose between the two sides. What Esentepe lacked in skill they made up for it working hard for each other. The difference is Mesarya have a proven goalscorer in Halil Turan, he notched his 13th goal of the season, justifying his hefty transfer fee. He also has midfielders that can provide the ammunition for him. Esentepe have no midfielder that can unlock defences, consequently they are mostly firing blanks.

Video Highlights of this match courtesy of Graham Procter-Brown

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