Sunday, February 05, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler’s resurgence is not a fluke   !       Over the past few weeks they have dragged themselves off the bottom of the league and are now only 2 points below the safety net.


They saw-off the challenge of Goztepe today and fully deserved their slim, but important  victory.


Of course, sterner tests await in the weeks ahead, but for now the players confidence is high and they can only take one match at a time to climb out of the relegation zone.


GENCLERBIRLIGI               1                      Goztepe           0


Team – Nurullah, Ugur, Alperen, Thomas, Abdullah, Erkan, Enes, Jaime, Mete, Moha and Gabriel


Substitutes – Tiago, Souleymane, Altiparkak and Ozkan


The match was a typical end-to-end affair until the 25th minute when Gencler scored the all important goal.


A fast passing movement on the left and the ball was played into the centre where Ugur was waiting on the 18 yard line .......... and unmarked.     He picked his spot as all the Goztepe defenders rushed out to close him down, but too late, and he shot high into the right.


Gencler should have scored two more before the break, but the Goztepe goalkeeper pulled off two outstanding saves as the half time whistle beckoned.


Not much to report about the 2nd half except to say that Goztepe never really looked like snatching the equaliser with their continuing habit of pumping balls into the centre from mid-field and the wings.      However, the Gencler defence was never really stretched.


Near the end in time added on, Goztepe’s only real chance of grabbing the equaliser was well saved by Nurullah who pushed a header round the post.


So, another good chance for 3 points arises next Saturday when Gencler visit mid-table Tuzla.     Win this one and Gencler can start to exert pressure on the clubs in the bottom half of the league.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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