Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Goztepe 0 GENCLERBIRLIGI 0
Team – Adiyaman, Musa, Merti, Gokhan, Metehan, Hrechyshkin, Ahmet, Aksel, Serdarcan, Baris and Ilker
Substitutes – Ulusoy, Altiparmak and Byelyayev
Goztepe came out the traps looking for the early goal and pinned Gencler back into their own half for the first 10 minutes or so.
There was no threat to Adiyaman and so Gencler gradually worked their way back into the match, but they were also guilty of posing no serious threat.
The 1st half was mostly end to end with neither team looking likely to score.
I hesitate to say it, but it was boring !!!
Into the 2nd half and Adiyaman made his first meaningful save from a shot just outside the box on the left which he pushed around the left post for a corner.
The first serious effort of the match occurred in the 64th minute when Baris worked his way into the box from the right and his shot hit the underside of the bar and was cleared.
6 minutes later it was Baris again who set-up a team mate for a shot on goal which was saved.
I think the Goztepe Coach was probably contemplating the ‘hair dryer speech’ in the dressing room at the end of the match with 5 minutes to go. With Goztepe seeking to score a late winner they were awarded a corner after some pressure in the Gencler box. The ball was sent over from the left, sailed well over the players in the box and went out for a throw-in near the right corner flag. That just about sums up the match !!!
Gencler looked the likelier team to score in the 2nd half, but to be honest, neither team deserved to win this one and on this performance both teams will struggle this season.
Next up for Gencler in a home match on Saturday 10 September against struggling Tuzla. Win this and they could again challenge for a top 5 position.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim