A Sting in the Tail for Geçitkale!

By Richard Beale…..

An injury time penalty from Hasan Bahıtkara, saw Geçitkale knocked off their top spot, enabling them to be overtaken by new leaders Valdiılı and also Incirli.


Saturday November 9th : BTM League Red Group: Akdoğan Özgürlük Stadı

With Esentepe having a “bye” this weekend, it enabled us to look elsewhere for our weekly dose of local football. We eventually decided on the Incirli v Geçitkale game in the BTM League 1 red group. The BTM League is the third tier of football in the TRNC, and the beauty of it is that most of the matches kick off at 11-00am. An ideal kick off time, watch the match, then have a beer, Pide or Kebab afterwards, and return home to watch Chelsea v Crystal Palace match, what more can you want!

On a glorious very warm November morning, the Özgürlük Stadi attracted a reasonable crowd, the only bugbear being no refreshment canteen opened to quench ones thirst!

To make us feel at home 2 ex-Esentepe players were on show, Mustafa Kiliç for İncirli and on the bench for Geçitkale defender Firat Kulle.

The Third division tends to be more “agriculture” with the big “biff” being more commonly used!. This match was no different, plenty of effort and endeavour but little in the way of footballing skills. Two very strong defences cancelled each other out and it was no surprise that the deadlock was broken with a penalty.

Match Action Photos İncirli in Red and Blue.

The then current leaders Geçitkale started the opening 15 minutes brightly having a succession of shots going wide. Gradually the home team came more and more into the match, without causing too much concern to the Geçitkale goalkeeper Gürcan.

It was Incirli’s turn to dominate the opening 15 minutes of the second half, and Gecitkale were indebted to their goalkeeper for keeping them in the game. Gürcan pulled off two brilliant saves in quick succession, and from the rebound of his second save Bekir squirmed his shot wide from a great position.

Hasan Bahıtkara put in a great shot that had Gürcan scrambling across his goal to tip the ball over for a corner.

Geçitkale reasserted themselves and had strong appeals for a penalty when Vedat seemed to have gone down just inside the area, but referee Fatih was unmoved.

The match was simmering, but hadn’t boiled over in the hot sun, the referee was working very hard to keep a lid on rising tempers.

In injury time the deadlock was finally broken when Incirli striker Mehmet Turgut appeared to be pushed just inside the area and went down, this time referee Fatih pointed to the spot much to the annoyance of the Geçitkale players and coaching staff. HASAN BAHITKARA converted the penalty sending Gürcan the wrong way. FULL TİME SCORE 1-0.

Right photo HASAN BAHITKARA injury time penalty seals it for İncirli.

When the final whistle did blow there were some unhappy and grumpy people from Geçitkale as they tried to make their feelings known to the referee.

Incirli back three of Mustafa Kilic, Mert and their Captain Ramadan formed an impregnable barrier, resulting in Goalkeeper Cengiz having little to do. Though the match was dominated by defences, Incirli striker Mehmet Turgut worked tirelessly up front.

For Geçitkale again it was defenders that impressed, notably centre back Koray, who was basic but very effective, alongside Tanju who had a solid game

All in all it was worth the effort going, afterwards we went to ALI BATMAZ Restaurant in Akdoğan had some some lovely and unusual Pide’s and of course washed down with an ice cool beer!.