By Richard Beale ……
Before this match Dörtyol young team were in 4th place and Esentepe in 5th place, as expected the match was very even with Esentepe just shading it in the end.
Result: ESENTEPE KKSK U21 2 DÖRTYOL SK U21 1
The warm up to the main event, provided good entertainment as with only one place separating the teams, as expected this was always going to be a very close fought affair.
Both teams served up a first class support act, played very competitively, with not a lot between the two sides but in the end Esentepe did just about enough to leapfrog their opponents in the League.
Esentepe took the lead in the 22nd minute with a goal from SEMIH ARSLAN, returning from a long lay off through injury. The tall midfielder was on hand to flick on an İsmet free kick, which crept in at the Dörtyol far post. 1-0.
Two minutes later Semih returned the compliment setting up İshmet whose shot went over the bar.
in the 40th minute Dörtyol almost levelled the score when a long free kick from Ahmet Can struck the Esentepe cross bar before being scrambled away for a corner.
In injury time of the first half Ege Can held the ball up well before putting in GÖKDENIZ KOL to finish past the keeper 2-0.
The same combination with the last kick of the match nearly scored again, but goalkeeper Velihan managed to block Gökdeniz shot. HALF TIME SCORE : 2-0
Both teams on the attack, Dörtyol in the green strip.
Following slack defending from Esentepe Gürkan Fidan, despite being challenged by three Esentepe defenders, got in a shot that hit the post before rebounding to safely.
Ege Can Açikportali was proving a handful to Dörtyol as the young forward went on a run past three defenders before seeing his shot blocked by goalkeeper Velihan.
53 minutes in Semih went on a run on the left and saw his cross shot pushed onto the bar by Velihan and rebounding to Gökdeniz Kol who shot wide from a good position.
63 minutes Esentepe should have made the game safe when Gökdeniz was brought down by goalkeeper Velihan. The goalkeeper made amends by brilliantly diving to his right to block Semih penalty and did amazingly well in blocking the Esentepe midfielder follow up shot.
Esentepe would pay dearly for this miss as Gürkan Fidan on the left outstripped Devran before sending over a low cross which was put away by KENAN. 2-1
It was all Dörtyol now but eventually Esentepe weathered the storm and came away with 3 thoroughly deserved points. FULL TIME SCORE : 2-1