Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The Gencler defence was torn to shreds last night in Kadikoy by a resurgent Fenerbahce team who attacked from start to finish. As much as I hate to say it, this Fener team look strong favourites to overtake current leaders Sivas, and on this form could also be pencilled-in as League Champions.
Fenerbahce 5 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Ertac, Candeias, Flavio, Toure, Halil, Baiano, Berat, Sessegnon, Sio, Polomat and Stancu
Substitutes – Nadir, Rahmetullah and Sefa
I was fortunate enough to see the match in snatches in the Red Lion Club when I was joined by two Gencler supporters (Steve and Oguz) for a darts match.
When Sio opened the scoring after only 8 minutes we were hoping for an upset and for Fener to engage panic mode. However, our optimism was soon dashed when Fener settled and hit 3 goals through Muric (2) and the impressive Gustavo before the half time whistle.
On the resumption, Fener continued to dictate matters and it was unsurprising when they extended their lead through Ferdi with 15 minutes of the match remaining.
Gencler, to their credit, never gave up their efforts to penetrate the Fener defence and were rewarded with a 2nd goal with a slick attack on the right. The ball was played into Stancu just outside the box and he fired in an angled shot beyond the reach of Altay in goal. A just reward for their efforts.
Fener was in no mood to extend their generosity further and Kruse added the 5th near the end when Fener split the Gencler defence open and Kruse had the easiest of tasks to tap-in with Ertac left exposed.
Gencler have another difficult match next Saturday at home against Goztepe who are Ankaragucu’s opponents tonight. Irrespective of that result, Goztepe will be a difficult nut to crack.
As always, watch this space for the details.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim