Greeting Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler is firmly rooted to the bottom of the league and is now 9 points adrift of the safety net, and with only 2 more ‘difficult’ matches left before the mini-Winter Break and the half way point in the league, it is looking ominous !!
Yesterday in Ankara, and the 1st half summed up Gencler’s recent performances, ie, 60% possession and zero shots on target. In the 2nd half they stepped-up a gear, but it was not enough against an efficient Erzurum team who always looked the more dangerous going forward, but they too were guilty at times of being shot-shy.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Erzurum FC 2
Team – Adiyaman, Abdullah, Gokhan, Metehan, Baris, Serdarcan, Hrechyshkin, Byelyayev, Altiparmak and Ilker
Substitutes – Aksel, Muhammed, Ataberk and Kagan
Gencler’s recent habit of conceding early goals almost occurred again, but thanks to a great save by Adiyaman from a goal bound shot inside the box after only 5 minutes of play by Aaron, their blushes were spared !
However, Erzurum did open the scoring 8 minutes later after a calamity by Serdarcan in midfield when he was easily dispossessed by an Erzurum attacker who drove forward into the box and sent a pass to the unmarked Suleyman on the right. He quickly controlled the ball and clipped his shot inside the left post to punish Gencler’s defensive frailty.
Gencler did have a chance to grab the equaliser near the half time whistle, but Ilker, having turned his defender brilliantly inside the box on the right, scuffed his shot past the left post.
10 minutes into the 2nd half and Erzurum almost made it 2 when an attacker was sent clear near the halfway line. He surged forward and lobbed the ball over Adiyaman who had rushed out to try and intercept, but just as the ball was about to cross the line, Gokhan, who had sprinted back, cleared it to safety.
Then, half way through the 2nd half, Gencler produced a goal out of nothing. Gokhan received a pass about 25 yards out from the Erzurum goal and sent a speculative shot to the top left which the goalkeeper should have saved, but he was late to react and Gencler was back in the match.
However, 5 minutes later and Erzurum was back in front after the Gencler defence went to sleep !! A free kick was sent into the Gencler box from left to right. It was headed back into the centre where Metehan should have dealt with it, but Aaron was allowed to swivel and poke the ball in with the Gencler defenders static.
10 minutes later Erzurum almost made it 3 when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box in the centre, but the free kick was sent into the wall and then cleared.
Herolind did score the 3rd goal in time added on, but it was correctly ruled offside after the referee checked the VAR.
In the last action before the final whistle Metehan’s header was easily saved by the Erzurum goalkeeper.
Gencler will be away to mid-table Sakarya next Saturday 17 December with Sakarya looking to move into the play-off spots before the break. Yet another tricky match for Gencler to negotiate !!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim