Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
As I have said many times here, there are no ‘easy’ matches in The Championship League (Division 1) and Gencler was given a reminder of that last night.
Gencler had only 3 players on show who were part of last season’s relegated team. There were glimpses of skill from the ‘new boys’, but it will obviously take time for them to operate as ‘a team’.
I lost count of how many Coaches Gencler had last season (4 ?) but they have retained Diyadin, but for how long ??!!
Pre-match surprise was old Ankaragucu favourite and Turkish International, Umut Bulut, lining up at No9 for Eyupspor.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 2 Eyupspor 4
Team – Ramazan, Artan, Arda, Kula, Kerem Akyuz, Hrechyshkia, Sallalli, Berisbek, Kerim Avci, Lualua and Lima
Substitutes – Baris and Huseyin
Not many supporters in The Eryaman Stadium, but situation normal for Gencler who have a poor support base.
It took until the 13th minute for Eyup break the Gencler defiance and it was a well constructed goal. A fast attack down the right and an astute pass to Umut who had timed his run to perfection, and the ball was stroked in with Ramazan exposed and helpless.
The 2nd goal on the half hour mark was probably goal of the match. An Eyup throw-in on the right was taken and the ball taken to the goal line. The attacker looked up, spotted Umut near the penalty spot unmarked and sent in the classic cut-back for Umut to bury the ball in the top left.
Gencler only had one realistic chance in the 1st half when Arda sent in a powerful header from a corner, but the goalkeeper parried and gathered the ball before Arda could pounce on the rebound.
Eyup were well worth their half time lead but Gencler came out for the 2nd half in more determined fashion and started to threaten. Their persistence paid off in the 62nd minute when Kerim scored a scorcher into the top right from just outside the box.
Eyup didn’t fold and Umut was unlucky not to have bagged his 3rd goal 10 minutes later when Arda headed his shot off the line with Ramazan out of position.
However, the 3rd goal arrived 5 minutes later even if there was some luck and comedy about it ! From a free kick on the right, a shot was made which was deflected off a Gencler attacker straight to the unmarked Taskin on the left who shot in from a tight angle.
Gencler continued to attack and were rewarded with an excellent headed goal by Lima from a right wing cross.
However, any hopes Gencler had of finding the equaliser were dashed 1 minute later when Eyup attacked straight down the other end and Cenk lobbed the ball over Ramazan who had strayed too far off his line.
Gencler have another difficult match next Saturday when they travel to take on Adanaspor. They will need to work on tightening their defence for this match !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim