By Richard Beale …..
Geçitkale kept the pressure on League leaders Yeniboğaziçi with an emphatic victory over Mehmetçik in as you can imagine a very entertaining game.
Result: GEÇİTKALE GSK 7 MEHMETÇİK TCBSK 2
Saturday December 7 : BTM League Red Group : Geçitkale Stadium.
Another opportunity of a “Super Saturday”, a pint and a kebab in Iskele before tottering off to Geçitkale to take in this 2.00pm kick off. Match finished and back home in time to watch Bournemouth/Liverpool and course later in the evening the Manchester Derby, not bad this retirement lark!
A very pleasant sunny December afternoon greeted me and I was rewarded with a very open and entertaining match. Geçitkale turned in their best performance of the season, but Mehmetçik played their part as well. Both teams a few seasons ago were playing in the K-Pet League 1 football, but have fallen on hard times in recent years, though Geçitkale are making a good fist of trying to get promotion in a very hard and competitive league.
Match action Geçitkale are in the white
Geçitkale were 3-0 up at half time, though Mehmetçik were unlucky on a couple of occasions with the home Goalkeeper Gurcan pulling off a couple of fine saves. The Mehmetçik Goalkeeper Yasin was no slouch either making some good saves himself.
Mehmetcik in the first half had good appeals for a hand ball and in the second half another strong penalty appeal turned down by Referee Hüseyin Özaşık.
Fair play to Mehmetçik they pulled two goals back within 10 minutes of the restart of the second half, and you were thinking “aye, aye” then! However their comeback was short lived when Müjat scored within 2 minutes of the Mehmetçik goal to knock the stuffing out of them.
Their resistance finally crumbled when they conceded 3 goals in the last 30 minutes.
There were many fine performances from the Geçitkale players, two outstanding individuals were their Captain RIFAT EMİRHAN, who had a fine game in midfield and was the architect behind many of the home team’s moves. In the Geçitkale defence strongman TANJU KAYA had an outstanding game as well.
For Mehmetçik I was very impressed by their midfielder BARKIN KÖSE, the midfielder ran his socks off for his team.
GEÇİTKALE SCORERS : NAZIMCAM (13), OSMAN (27), TANJU (30), MÜJAT (57), ONURHAN (62 & 89), VEDAT (87)
MEHMETÇİK SCORERS : MUSTAFA KELEŞ (pen, 47), FUATCAN (55).