Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Genclerbirligi is sinking deeper into the relegation zone after another home defeat last night !
10 matches into the season and only ONE win speaks volumes for Gencler’s woes, and to be honest, I can’t see a ray of sunshine on the horizon.
As we all know from past experience, this is a league with some really good teams and the competition is fierce with the reward of greater fortunes in the Super League after promotion.. At the other end of the scale, relegation to the 2nd League is like a ‘kick in the nuts’ and a shock for the Club finances. Bursa is a classic example of the stigma attached to playing in the 2nd League !!
As for last night, the result was a fair reflection on the balance of play.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Manisa 3
Team – Adiyaman, Zafer, Metehan, Gokhan, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Aksel, Byelyayev, Ahmet and Serdarcan
Substitutes – Mert, Ilker and Seyit
Both teams started in attacking mode and it was Gencler who threatened first in the 18th minute when a Manisa defender lost the ball to Serdercan who was then one on one with the goalkeeper, but he made a great save to block the shot.
One minute later and Manisa took the lead with a well constructed goal. A cross came in from the left to Adem in the centre. He swivelled and sent a deft pass to Burak who stroked the ball in. There was a VAR call for the build up to the goal, but it was correctly given.
4 minutes later and Gencler was level. A cross was sent over from the right towards Ahmet in the centre and he sent his angled header over a defender and the goalkeeper and into the top left.
Gencler’s defence was their undoing on the half hour mark when a cross coming in from the left was not dealt with. Adem picked up the pieces and sent his shot from the centre of the box to the top right with Adiyaman too far off his line to attempt a save.
Into the 2nd half and it seemed that the match was drifting to an anti-climax when another comedy of errors in the Gencler defence gifted Manisa the cushion of a 3rd goal. A pass was made from the centre of the box to just inside the box on the left. Adiyaman made the decision to come out and intercept but was beaten to the ball by an attacker who crossed for another attacker to shoot. His shot was blocked on the goal line and the rebound went to Nizametin in the centre who fired in off the despairing legs of a defender !
Manisa always looked the more dangerous of the two teams, especially going forward. They always looked like they were going to score. Gencler on the other hand, although they played some good football, always lacked the firepower in the final 3rd.
It is going to be a long and difficult season for Gencler on this performance and it won’t get any easier on Saturday when they travel to 3rd bottom Malatya in the relegation dog-fight. Gencler’s fighting qualities will surely be put to the test.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim