Thursday, April 13, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.      


At times, Gencler never cease to amaze, and last night was a classic example of how they can turn things around when you least expect it   !


In the relegation zone and playing away against the team challenging Samsun for top spot in the league, and only a foolish man would have bet on a Gencler victory.     However, Gencler fully deserved to take all 3 points after making it quite clear from the outset that they intended to attack and were not there to make up the numbers   !


Eyup on the other hand did little to impress and I have to say that their lofty league position flatters them.    In fact, they now find themselves under pressure for that 2nd top spot from Sakarya, Rize and Pendik who all ‘smell blood’   !!


Eyupspor             0                             GENCLERBIRLIGI           2


Team – Philipp, Yasin, Thomas, Alperen, Muhammed, Abdullah, Khadfi, Erkan, Enes, Mete Kaan and Souleymane


Substitutes – Jaime, Tiago, Ivan, Hayrullah and Emmanuel


Gencler received the reward for their attacking play in the 12th minute when Yasin broke with the attackers and received the ball just inside the box on the left.     He struck the ball first time sending in what was obviously a cross to the back post, but the ball flew over the goalkeeper’s head and into the top right corner.     Unintentional it may have been, but a goal is a goal   !!!


Gencler almost made it 2 approaching half time when a shot was made just outside the box but the ball hit the post and was cleared.


Gencler went in 1-0 at half time looking the more purposeful team and fully justified their lead with Eyup having zero shots on target.      In fact, I have to be honest and say that it was Gencler who looked like the team in 2nd top position in the league and certainly not a team in the relegation zone   !!


The 2nd half was only 5 minutes old when Gencler increased their lead when the Eyup defenders went to sleep.     A goal kick from Philipp was sent to inside the Eyup half and was latched onto by Mete Kaan who left 3 defenders in his wake before surging into the box and giving the goalkeeper no chance with a well directed shot.


10 minutes later Eyup had two great chances to score within 2 minutes of each other but both were skied over when it looked easier to ground the ball and score.


Then with about 20 minutes to go till the final whistle, and it looked like the 3rd Gencler goal.     The Eyup goalkeeper was out of his area in the centre circle to head the ball clear from a Gencler breakaway, but misdirected his header straight to Tiago who raced off towards the goal with defenders unable to catch him.      He then stroked the ball into the net, but the goal was ruled out when VAR was used to inform the referee that Tiago had used his arm to control the ball at the outset of the move.


Eyup was unable to trouble Philipp as the match played out and Gencler quite rightly celebrated in front of the small group of travelling supporters.


Gencler now have 6 matches left (2 of which are against teams in the relegation zone) to perform another magical escape  from the relegation zone and if they can replicate last night’s performance, it is game-on   !!


They will have the perfect opportunity on Monday 17 April at home against Altay, who are now only 4 points ahead of Gencler, to show that last night’s result was not a ‘one off’   !!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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