The triumph was a huge relief for veteran Antalyaspor coach Mehmet Özdilek, whose team was beaten 3-1 away at Ankara's 19 Mayıs Stadium in the opening week.
After a scoreless first half, the goals flowed freely in the second. Brazilian-Turkish center forward Sidney Cristiano Dos Santos, aka Tita, opened the scoring for Antalyaspor in the 48th minute. The diminutive 1.65-meter striker made no mistake in whacking the ball into the back of the net after receiving a perfect pass from 28-year-old Senegal striker Lamine Diarra.
Striker Emrah Başsan doubled the score for Antalyaspor in the 75th minute. The 20-year-old rising star carefully hit the ball past desperate Kayserispor keeper Ertuğrul Taşkıran, whose surname means “stonebreaker,” after a quick one-two with Nigeria striker Isaac Promise.
And Tita was again on target in the 86th, dribbling past hapless Kayserispor and putting the ball into an empty net after receiving a good pass from Netherlands-born Morocco winger İsmail Aissati.
This was the second defeat in as many Super League matches for Georgian coach Shota Arveladze and his Kayserispor, which lost 1-0 in the opener at home to 2009-10 champion Bursaspor.
Kayserispor must start winning because Shota, a former Trabzonspor striker and league goal king, has no more excuses. In other words, Shota's days at Kayserispor may be numbered.
So if Kayserispor loses at home in week three to newcomer Akhisar Belediye this weekend, then Shota could well pack his luggage and walk across the Trabzon border into his native Georgia because he might be declared persona non grata.