Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
As I’ve said many times writing Gencler reports, they are full of surprises and today was no exception.
Mustafa Kaplaor has them well drilled to chase every ball and harry their opponents for 90 plus, and coupled with the fact that Alanya may have under-estimated a team sitting 2nd bottom of the league, that was probably all the motivation Gencler needed.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 2 Alanyaspor 1
Team – Nordfeldt, Johanssen, Arda, Toure, Polomat, Piris, Berat, Candeias, Soner, Sio and Stancu
Substitutes – Altiparmak, Yildirim, Yilmaz and Pehlivan
There was little to separate the teams in the 1st half with both teams only having one serious attempt on target until 5 minutes before the break.
Berat surprised the Alanya defence when he picked up a loose ball just outside the box on the left and sent in a fierce shot which went in just inside the left post with Marafona unable to reach it.
I fully expected Alanya to come out for the 2nd half in a more determined fashion, but they allowed Gencler to take the initiative and Gencler continued to chase everything and not allow Alanya time on the ball.
Gencler’s 2nd goal came 15 minutes before the final whistle from a fast breakaway on the left when Sio picked the ball up and drove forward down the left wing. He looked up and cut the ball back between 2 defenders for Candeias to tap in.
Alanya was awarded a lifeline back into the game with 10 minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty. Bakasetas sent the ball high into the centre with Nordfeldt diving to his right. A perfect penalty.
Gencler was under pressure now as Alanya searched for the equaliser and again they were given a lifeline almost at the end when Arda struck an attacker’s face while challenging for a ball in the box. Nordfeldt was the hero this time as he pulled off a fantastic save with the ball struck cleanly and destined for inside the right post.
The last action was in the 96th minute when the Alanya Coach was shown a Red Card for something he said to the 4th Official.
So, Gencler can celebrate their 2nd win of the season and in the process move up to 3rd bottom above Denizli, at least until tomorrow when Denizli take on Fener.....spit....bahce.
Gencler are again in action next Sunday when they travel to Erzurum, which could in effect be another of those 6 pointers if Erzurum lose to Konya today.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim