Published: 10:53, 06 February 2013 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
A bumper Princes Park crowd watched England C knocked out of the International Challenge Trophy by a late Turkey goal on Tuesday night.
Galatasaray winger Aydin Yilmaz, one of three full internationals in the Turkey team, scored past Ebbsfleet keeper Preston Edwards with just three minutes remaining.
The semi-final looked to be heading for extra-time after England’s non-league players had matched their top flight opponents on a noisy evening in Dartford.
Turkey’s supporters were vocal from the first whistle and they even lit a flare on the terrace behind Edwards’ goal during the first-half.
At that point, the visitors were on top. Edwards had to be on top form to deny Yilmaz, Murat Duruer and Cenk Tosun and the Fleet stopper was almost caught out when Soner Aydogdu shot just over from the halfway line.
Emre Colak, another Galatasaray man, played at Old Trafford in the Champions League earlier this season and the playmaker was peerless in the first-half.
However, his influence waned after the interval as England started to assert themselves.
Luton striker Andre Gray turned one shot wide and fired a second at goalkeeper Ertugrul Taskiran as the home crowd started to sense an opening goal could be on its way.
It needed a perfectly-timed challenge from Simon Ainge to deny substitute Serdar Gurler at the other end, before England missed a golden opportunity to book their place in the final.
Mansfield midfielder Lindon Meikle, the best outfield player on show, met another Gillies cross but lifted his shot over the crossbar.
That miss was punished when Turkey broke on 87 minutes. Ainge was off the field receiving treatment and the visitors exploited the space as Yilmaz ran in unchallenged to sweep the ball high beyond Edwards.
England: Edwards, Turley, Thomas, Ainge (Jackson 88mins), Wedgbury, Oshodi, Gillies, Forbes, Gray (Spencer 82mins), Davis (Jolley 89mins), Meikle. Subs not used: Mott, Jarvis.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.