Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
It was a strong team performance by Gencler last night in Bolu and a well deserved victory. However, it has to be said that Bolu look like a work in progress and did very little to threaten Gencler’s dominance of the match.
Boluspor 1 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Adiyaman, Mert, Metehan, Gokhan, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Serdarcan, Muhammed, Aksel, Baris and Ilker
Substitutes – Ahmet and Altiparmak
There were no new faces in the Gencler line-up, which as I said last week, is probably due to financial reasons at the Club. However, it is still impressive that they manage to play as a team after so many ups and downs last season.
Gencler was straight into attack from the whistle and went ahead after only 10 minutes with and excellent solo goal by Ilker. The ball was passed to him near the half way line and he surged forward, brushed off a feeble challenge and sent a powerful shot inside the left post.
The match swung further Gencler’s way in the 27th minute when Kayamba received a straight RED card after the referee consulted the VAR. The action occurred near the half way line when an innocuous high ball was challenged by Kayamba and Metehan. As they both went for the ball, Kayamba put his elbow into Metehan’s face in what can only be described as an intentional violent act. The referee obviously missed it from his angle and was advised by the linesman of the action. Kayamba quite rightly went for an early bath !!!
Gencler deservedly went in ahead at half time after showing more purpose and attacking flair than Bolu. Even before the red card, Bolu was struggling to put passes together and didn’t trouble Adiyaman.
Gencler started the 2nd half in similar fashion to the 1st half in all out attack and almost increased their lead 7 minutes in when Baris sent a lobbed shot on goal which rebounded off the bar and was cleared.
However, 5 minutes later it duly arrived when Musa received a perfect pass on the left from Aksel, controlled the ball and shot powerfully inside the left post.
7 minutes later and Bolu put their 1st shot on target when Balde’s goal bound shot was well saved by Adiyaman.
10 minutes later and Gokhan of Bolu had a long range effort which hit the outside of the post and went out of play.
10 minutes to go and with Gencler still in control of the match Gokhan of Gencler was shown a 2nd yellow and a RED card for stupidly retaliating after a foul on another Gencler player.
Into time added on and Gencler’s defensive frailties from last season re-surfaced when 3 defenders surrounded Balde in the box but he still managed to control the ball and slot it in for a consolation goal.
Gencler will face much stiffer tasks than this in the weeks ahead and the fact that they almost let Bolu off the hook will be something that The Coach will be working on this week.
Gencler will be at home on Sunday 28th October against new boys to The Championship, Pendikspor. Another opportunity for Gencler to move into the top half of the league.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim