By Richard Beale ……
Esentepe’s third drawn match in succession, another 2 points dropped but in fairness they will be grateful to have come away with a draw as Mormeneşke were the better team in this poor match.
Result : ESENTEPE KKSK 1 MORMENEŞKE GBSK 1
Sunday December 1, 2019 : K-Pet League 1 : Erdal Barut Stadium
The month of December is supposed to be the start of the season to be jolly, but there was none in evidence in this match as both teams gave the spectators little to cheer about.
Esentepe were guilty of far too many poor passes and giving the ball away too often. It was the Esentepe Goalkeeper Onur who was busier than his counterpart Mehmetsalıh who had a quiet afternoon.
On a grey drab afternoon this is about what summed up the match especially in the first half.
The closest Esentepe came to scoring was in the 15th minute when Mustafa Günlü on the left did well to cut inside the box, before squaring the ball back to Şükrü whose low shot crept pass Mormeneşke right hand post.
Mormeneşke, a team mostly of short people but very fast when they have the ball, made quick breaks and from one of them Gökay blazed widely over the bar from a good position.
Then Berhan blazed over the bar as well after cutting in from the left.
Match Action, Esentepe in black strip
In injury time of a forgettable first half, Esentepe were indebted to their goalkeeper Onur who made a good instinctive save. Berhan again cut inside before squaring the ball over to the far post where Burak shot goalwards, only to see Onur get across his line and stick out a hefty left leg to deflect the ball away. HALF TIME SCORE : 0-0
The deadlock was finally broken in the 46th minute, when a ball upfield was fastened onto by Aykut who got the better of Nersin and despite the left back putting a hefty challenge the Mormeneşke player got in a cross to the far post that was put away by IRFAN BOŞNAK. 0-1. Aykut needed lengthy treatment before he could continue.
Esentepe replied almost immediately with Eray screwing his shot wide from a good position.
The equaliser did come in the 53rd minute following good work by Şükrü on the left cutting inside, finding Eray who in turn set up MUSTAFA GÜNLÜ at the far post, where the youngster finished with a well struck shot. 1-1
Esentepe were playing better now from a breakaway just inside their box led by Mahmut, and carried on by Yakup, who in turn passed to Eray running on into the box, the striker’s low shot just flashing wide of the Mormeneşke right hand post.
66 minutes Mormeneşke might have had a penalty when Burak collided with Kaan Arsu and went to ground, but the referee was not impressed, nor were some of the many Mormeneşke travelling fans.
Esentepe once again in injury time were thankful to their Goalkeeper Onur, who flung himself to his left to pull off a magnificent save from a well struck Gökay free kick just outside the area. FULL TIME SCORE : 1-1
SUMMING UP : Not a great match, both teams remain unbeaten under their relevantly new Coaches (Mormeneşke Batu, 2 wins and a draw ) and Esentepe’s Salih now with 2 draws from his matches in charge.
I am sure Salih will come good in time, certainly the team are happier, even the replacements are smiling, new training techniques have been introduced, he is a young Coach I think he will make things happen. What he needs is some funds being made available to buy two strikers when the January transfer window opens. Once again Esentepe’s lack of a proven goalscorer was evident.
Again no faulting the team on effort, we are just lacking in certain areas which I am sure the Coach will address in time.