Sunday, September 19, 2021




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


This was and end-to-end match in the 1st half and a fair result with both teams scorning chances and scoring one goal each.


Samsunspor             2                      GENCLERBIRLIGI            2


Team – Adiyaman, Kerem, Mert, Arda, Omurcan, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Lima, LuaLua, Baris and Eleke


Substitutes – Berisbek, Ilker, Salall and Metehan


Gencler should have gone ahead in the 11th minute when Eleke was put through one-on-one with the Samsun goalkeeper Ozer, but he shot narrowly past the left post.


8 minutes later and Samsun should have gone ahead when a great sweeping pass from inside his own half was made by Fofana to Okutan, but he shot weakly at Adiyaman.


3 minutes later and another chance for Gencler when Lima fired in a screamer of a shot from well outside the penalty box, but Ozer made a great save at the left post.


6 minutes later and it was Tomane of Samsun who received a pass from the right on the 18 yard line, swivelled and sent a shot just past the left post.


On the half hour mark, and Gencler almost snatched the opener, but a goal bound shot was cleared off the line by full back Taskin.


However, the opening goal arrived 10 minutes later when a cross came in from Yasin on the left and Fofana nipped in between two defenders and shot inside the right post.


2 minutes later and Lima was one-on-one with Ozer but his shot was saved for a corner.


Almost on the half time whistle and the equaliser arrived from a Gencler corner on the left.   Baris was first to the ball and back-headed to Lima at the back post for a simple tap-in.


15 minutes into the 2nd half and Gencler almost snatched the lead when Lima made a run off the ball and received a pinpoint pass, but his shot was past the post.


However, it arrived 1 minute later from a Gencler corner on the left.   Arda send in a glancing header inside the right post when unchallenged in the centre.


20 minutes to go and Kilic sent in a fierce shot on the 18 yard line which whistled just over the bar.


Gencler should have wrapped the match up with 10 minutes to go when Baris broke free on the right and passed unselfishly to Eleke in the centre who shot weakly at Ozer.


That was it with 3 minutes of time added on (I thought), but Samsun refused to concede and it was all down to Man of the Match, Fofana.   He beat off 2 tackles on the right and sent over a deep cross to the left which was headed back into the centre for Tomane to bullet in a header for the equaliser.


A similar pattern of play emerged in the 2nd half, but I have to say that the Samsun defence was shocking and often caught out by Gencler breakaways.    Also, their crosses into the box were woeful and generally cleared by the Gencler defenders.      Luckily for them that Gencler wasn’t clinical in their finishing otherwise the score line could have been different  !!


Next up for Gencler is a home match against Boluspor next Sunday.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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