Teams open up gap at the top
Mağusa Türk Gücü and Miracle Değirmenlik go four points clear in the Super League
MAĞUSA Türk Gücü (MTG) and Miracle Değirmenlik opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Aksa Super League table last weekend following wins during week seven of the season.
MTG, champions for the last three seasons in a row, were the biggest winners, crushing once mighty Çetinkaya 5-0 at home last Saturday.
Despite the impressive scoreline, MTG did not stamp their authority on the game until the last moments of the first half, when Emre Kuvvetlişahin headed in the opener.
The hosts wasted no time doubling their lead after the break, however, with Mustafa Salk scoring in the 49th minute.
Further goals from Arif Uysal, Emre Özsin and Eray Vudalı wrapped up the victory that took MTG on to 19 points and kept them at the top of the standings on goal difference.
Miracle Değirmenlik remain second, but had to come from behind to beat Lefke 3-1 at home on Sunday.
Zekai Serdar gave the visitors a shock lead in the 11th minute, but Miracle Değirmenlik fought back to record their fifth consecutive win.
Cihangir also came from behind, and climbed one spot in the table to third, with a 3-1 away to Türk Ocağı Limasol in last Friday night’s game at the Girne 20 Temmuz Mete Adanır Stadium.
Yenicami slipped to fourth as they lost 1-0 at home to Mesarya last Saturday, their first defeat of the league season.
There were six goals and eight yellow cards as Yonpaş Dumlupınar beat Merit Alsancak Yeşilova 4-2 away to move up to fifth spot in the standings.
Doğan Türk Birliği’s rise up the table after losing their first three matches continued as they won 3-0 away to China Bazaar Gençlik Gücü to record their fourth consecutive win.
All the goals came in the second half, including two from Tansel Ekingen, while the home side ended the encounter with 10 men thanks to the sending off of Rifat Kanıöz.
Gönyeli slipped to 16th and last place in the Super League table after conceding a last-minute goal at home to Küçük Kaymaklı to lose 2-1.
Hamitköy moved off bottom spot and up to 13th with an ill-tempered 2-1 victory at home to fellow strugglers Göçmenköy.
Hamitköy opened the scoring with a penalty in the 18th minute and doubled their lead shortly before the break.
Göçmenköy pulled a goal back in the second half with a penalty of their own but their hopes of equalising were dealt a blow when Malik Yakubu was red-carded in the 81st minute.
Göçmenköy were due to take on Yenicami in the first of the week eight games yesterday evening as Cyprus Today went to press.