By Richard Beale ……
Esentepe returned home from Güzelyurt on Sunday evening with a very valuable point after holding third place Yalova to a draw. At the end Esentepe could have snatched a victory if they were more ruthless in their finishing.
Details: YALOVA SK 1 ESENTEPE KKSK 1
Sunday November 24, 2019: K-Pet League 1: Bostancı Tashin Mertekçi Stadı
A new dawn, a new beginning for Esentepe with new Coaches taking the helm and in the end a satisfactory result for their first game in charge. Last Monday saw Hüseyin Çağer leave the Club and his replacements Under 21 Team Coach Ali Kanli and Salih Özbir were installed as first team Coaches.
Ali Kanli is the figurehead of the duo, it was Salih (dressed in a smart Jose Mourinho suit!) who was mostly giving out instructions from the touchlines. Certainly noticeable was more encouragement instructions and appreciation of the players efforts coming from the bench.
In the end probably a draw was a fair result, Esentepe dominated the first half and their possession should have warranted more than the one goal they scored. Yalova were very poor and it was hard to see how they have only been beaten once this season and were third in the table.. In the opening minute of the second half Esentepe missed a glorious opportunity to increase their lead. Yalova gradually came out of their slumber, equalised and put Esentepe under pressure. Esentepe relying on breakaways had further chances but wasted them.
The opening 20 minutes was very quiet with Esentepe enjoying the majority of the possession, midfielder Vurkan had a shot from outside the area, pushed around the post by the Yalova Goalkeeper Kivanç and the same player headed over the bar from a good position following a Hüseyin free kick.
THE GOALS !, Esentepe ERAY turns away after scoring , and right MITHAT hidden in a crowd of players heads the equaliser.
Esentepe did take the lead in the 25th minute when a ball upfield caught the Yalova defence napping and ERAY ERGİN stole in behind them and fired past Kivanç. 0-1
All Yalova had to offer was a shot by Selçuk that got deflected for a corner. HALF TIME SCORE : 0-1
In the opening minute Esentepe should have increased their lead when Şükrü was put through with only Kivanç to beat. However the giant of a goalkeeper rescued his side by flinging himself to his right to push away Şükrü’s shot – Esentepe would live to regret that miss.
Yalova gradually started turning the screw pushing Esentepe back without really testing Onur in the Esentepe goal.
In the 64th minute Yalova’s pressure finally paid dividends when following an Ahmet Hasan corner, MİTHAT KÜÇÜKAKÇALI rose high above a group of players to head firmly past Onur. 1-1
Esentepe “Man of the Match” UĞURCAN in red in action.
A couple of minutes later Yalova should have increased their lead when Ahmet Hasan screwed his shot helplessly wide from a good position.
The highlight of the match came in the 68th minute when Yalova winger Hakan Demir went on a run taking him past three defenders before unleashing a fierce shot that Onur spectacularly sprung himself to his right to push the ball away.
Esentepe in the final 20 minutes restored their composure and could have come home with all 3 points from breakaways, but the end product let them down. FULL TIME SCORE: 1-1
SUMMING UP : A hard working team performance, that will give encouragement to the new Coaching duo. The defence was pretty solid, and in the first half the midfield trio of Vurkan, Furkan and Hüseyin dominated until they tired in the second half. I thought Esentepe’s best player was defender UĞURCAN, who started at right back, finished at left back but in both positions he gave his usual energetic performance.