Un­de­feated Yeni­cami stay top of K-Pet league

Cyprus Today - - SPORT - By KEREM HASAN Chief Re­porter

DE­FEND­ING cham­pi­ons Yeni­cami re­main on top of the K-Pet Su­per League ta­ble again as the only side with three wins out of three at the start of the sea­son.

The Le­fkoşa side brought their points tally to nine with a 2-1 win away to İskele’s Gençler Bir­liği last Satur­day, with the goals com­ing from Emin Atabek af­ter a cor­ner kick in the 11th minute and a John Ebuka penalty in the 56th minute.

İbrahim Köse net­ted the hosts’ con­so­la­tion goal eight min­utes later from the spot af­ter Yeni­cami’s Ken­neth Ng­woke had fouled Mustafa Tekpı­nar in the penalty area, but the re­sult left them in 15th, one from bot­tom, with two losses and one draw so far.

Mağusa Türk Gücü held on to sec­ond place, on seven points, by beat­ing Türk Ocağı 2-1 away last Fri­day, goal king Halil Tu­ran scor­ing the vic­tors’ two within 18 min­utes ei­ther side of half time and Turgut Kaan pulling one back for the hosts in the fi­nal minute’s play.

The third week’s ac­tion saw Baf Ülkü Yurdu romp from sev­enth in the ta­ble to third, with six points, fol­low­ing a 4-1 away de­mo­li­tion of Bi­natlı on Mon­day, while newly pro­moted Gönyeli stormed six places up the ta­ble into fourth, de­stroy­ing vis­i­tors Doğan Türk Bir­liği (DTB) by the same score­line at Le­fkoşa’s Atatürk Sta­dium on Sun­day. Mağusa Türk Gücü v Bi­natlı Doğan Türk Bir­liği v Gençler Bir­liği Küçük Kay­maklı v Çetinkaya

Yeni­cami v Esen­tepe Girne Halk Evi v Genç­lik Gücü Ci­hangir v Türk Ocağı Baf Ülkü Yurdu v Gönyeli

Azat Ber­han Tip scored twice for Baf and Solomon­son Izuchuk­wuka and Chuk­wudi Joseph Obidi­aso net­ted one apiece, with Hüseyin Taşçı the sole scorer for Bi­natlı.

Sabri Selden gave Gönyeli their lead in the 13th minute and man-of-the-match John Okoli scored a sec­ond in the 56th minute, go­ing to com­plete his hat­trick af­ter Lua Lua had scored for DTB from the penalty spot in the 61st minute. DTB’s third de­feat of the sea­son left them rooted to the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Sun­day also saw a “tense” 1-1 draw be­tween Genç­lik Gücü and Le­fke to see them both slip one place in the ta­ble to fifth and sixth re­spec­tively.

A Ci­hangir come­back at Le­fkoşa’s Atatürk Sta­dium last Satur­day gave the team its first vic­tory of the sea­son, 2-0 over hosts Çetinkaya, to leapfrog their op­po­nents from 12th to sev­enth place, while Çetinkaya slipped from fifth to eighth.

Esen­tepe also seized their first win of the cam­paign, stun­ning Girne Halk Evi with two goals in as many first-half min­utes be­fore the vis­i­tors net­ted a 90th-minute con­so­la­tion for a 2-1 score­line that saw Esen­tepe rise from 14th to 10th.

Halk Evi, who ended the en­counter with nine men af­ter Lawrence Ogbe was shown a red card in the 54th minute and Wil­liam Ha­madou in the 85th minute, crashed from sixth to 11th.

El­swe­here, there was dis­ap­point­ment for home side Merit Al­san­cak Yeşilova, whose dull en­counter with win­less Küçük Kay­maklı ended 0-0 on Sun­day, leav­ing the sides ninth and 14th re­spec­tively.

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