Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
At half time, I was wondering if Gencler would punish Manisa’s profligacy after going in 1-0 up, but Manisa came out with all guns blazing in the 2nd half to stun Gencler and consign them to yet another defeat.
Manisa 3 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Ramazan, Musa, Metehan, Arda, Muhammed, Gokhan, Hrechyshkin, Lima, Tshibola, Baris and Altiparmak
Substitutes – Omurcan, Byelyayer, Serdarcan, Baran and Sallallich
It was mostly all Manisa in the 1st half as they sent wave after wave of attacks towards the Gencler goal, but the Gencler defence held firm. Ramazan in particular pulled off some great saves to thwart the Manisa forwards. Three goal bound shots were saved in the 22nd, 35th and 45th minute mark.
However, against the run of play, Gencler went in 1-0 up at half time when they were quite rightly awarded a penalty in the 38th minute. A Gencler free kick just outside the box was well saved by the Manisa goalkeeper who deflected the ball onto the bar, but the rebound was pushed away by a Manisa hand and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Gokhan sent his shot inside the left post with the goalkeeper diving in the opposite direction.
It was mostly all Manisa again in the 2nd half when they attacked relentlessly, but the Gencler defence was holding firm. However, the deserved equaliser came in the 63rd minute after a fluid sweeping move down the right with clever inter-passing. The final pass was played into Erhan who sent his shot into the top left for a great team goal.
10 minutes later and it was Gencler’s turn to be punished for handball when Arda connected with the ball by hand in his attempt to clear a cut-back. Marvin sent the penalty inside the left post with Ramazan diving the wrong way.
10 minutes from the end and Okan made it 3 with an exquisite individual goal. He received the ball near the half way line, surged forward avoiding tackles and curled the ball around Metehan into the top right with Ramazan static and probably expecting the ball to go out of play.
An inspired 2nd half by Manisa, but things are looking a bit grim for Gencler as they stay in the bottom half looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.
It doesn’t bode well when they have the Ankara Derby coming up next. They will take on Ankaragucu on Sunday 6th February with no matches next weekend.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim