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Dec 4, 2019, 4:31 PM
Location: North London
Team(s): Oxford United / Groundhopper
Turkey, 3.Lig (Group 2) 1 pm
Yeni Orduspor 1 Alibeykoyspor 0 (H/T 0-0)
Entry – 10 TL for main stand
Crowd – c. 1,600 (my estimate, not from a media report)
I got up early on Sunday morning for the flight to Ordu-Giresun, the relatively new airport that is situated halfway between the two cities. This was not the first time I had been to this airport, as I had used it to tick Giresunspor earlier in the year (see WDYG for Sunday 11Th March 2018) The flight arrived on time and, as with the trip to Giresunspor the previous season, there were minibuses waiting outside the airport to take passengers to either town. Ordu is slightly closer to the airport than Giresun is, and as the bus approached Ordu I could just about see the silvery roof of the new stadium above the rooftops of buildings to the north, near the seafront. Despite the amount of time that has passed since construction began, there have still been considerable delays in completing the new stadiums at Ordu and Giresun, and a look at the fixtures on the TFF website shows that both clubs appear to still be using their current grounds at least until the end of this season, so you still have a chance to visit either if you wish.
Orduspor’s current ground, the 19 Eylul Stadi is close to the city centre but I had some difficulty in finding it as it is quite well hidden in side streets. The ticket office was not easy to find either, being located at the back of a car park behind the north end of the ground. Unlike Pendik the day before, this was a ground with stands and terracing on all four sides. It is a very characterful venue and has covered stands along both sides, plus uncovered terracing behind both goals. Like most older Turkish stadiums, this one is in the shape of an athletics venue, but without a usable running track.
The visitors, who are from Istanbul, had hardly any noteworthy chances in the entire game. Despite their domination, the home side did not create many chances and the closest chance in the first half coming in stoppage time when Orduspor put a superb dipping shot narrowly over the bar. The second half also did not see anything of note until near the end. In the 89th minute, when the home side again went close with a header that hit the post. By this time I was resigned to seeing a goalless draw when Orduspor then scored well into stoppage time to send the home crowd ecstatic. After the game, I had a walk around the town centre for a short while before catching a minibus back to the airport before it got dark, even though I had around four hours to spare before my flight back to Istanbul. Having now used this airport twice in 2018 to tick the existing grounds of Orduspor and Giresunspor, it remains to be seen how long it will take for me to tick the new stadiums of both clubs.