Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
It was almost another surprise win for Gencler tonight after Kayseri dictated play in the first half and went in 1-0 up. In actual fact, the Kayseri build-up play in the first half was impressive but the final pass in the final 3rd and the poor finishing did not really trouble the Gencler defence and Adiyaman in goal.
However, Kayseri was given a wake-up call within 5 minutes of the re-start when Gencler scored two quick goals, but they responded near the end of the match to claim one point.
Kayseri 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Adiyaman, Pehlivan, Mert, Diego, Polomat, Piris, Soner, Berisbek, Candeias, Stancu and Lima
Substitutes – Ayite, Sio and Ilker
There were only 2 moments of excitement in the first half. In the 8th minute Gencler had a great chance to open the scoring when they broke out fast from defence which caught the Kayseri defence unawares. The ball was played to Candeias just inside the box on the right and his angled shot was just past the left post.
Then, 5 minutes before the half time whistle and a smart piece of football by Kayseri with Henrique opening the scoring. It was a fast move and when the through ball was played to Henrique on the right, the linesman’s flag went up for offside just as he was rounding Adiyamn and firing in from a tight angle. However, before awarding the goal, the referee received a message in his earpiece. After a delay and VAR, the goal was confirmed.
Into the 2nd half and straight from the kick-off Gencler went into the attack and some inter-passing took the ball to Piris just inside the box on the right and he shot across the goalkeeper just inside the left post.
Kayseri was obviously still in shock 4 minutes later when Gencler went ahead. A fast attack was mounted down the left and the ball was played to Stancu who skilfully flicked the ball with the outside of his boot from the left post to just inside the right post.
It was looking like an unlikely win for Gencler with only 10 minutes of the match remaining, when ‘old Ankaragucu boy’, Ilhan, equalised. He had only come off the bench a few minutes before his moment of glory. A cross came in from the right to the near post and his shot crept inside the left post past the despairing hand of Adiyaman.
The statistics from Gencler’s last 18 matches don’t make for encouraging reading –
Won – 3
Drawn – 4
Lost – 11
Also, with only 6 matches left, optimism in the Gencler camp will probably not be on the menu, especially as 3 of them will be against Hatay, Galatasaray and Trabzon !
However, first things first, and on Friday they are at home to fast improving Rize who will come to Ankara buoyed by their 5-3 win against Konya today. Gencler are still stuck in 3rd bottom position in the league, so the pressure is beginning to mount !!!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim