Tuesday, October 24, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler gained a valuable 3 points last night against a poor Altay side who are propping up the league, and on their performance last night, it could be a lengthy period in this position.


Gencler move up into the top 5 again and look quite capable of challenging for promotion this season.


GENCLERBIRLIGI             3                         Altay             0


Team – Orkun, Erturk, Babacan, M. Cagiran, Yasin, Enes, Kemaloglu, Amilton, R.B. Cagiran, Kayode and M. Yatabare


Substitutes – Rodrigues, Ugur, S. Yatabare, Cek and Akabueze


Gencler took control of the match from the outset and made the breakthrough in the 10th minute.


The move began on the half way line and the ball was passed between M. Yatabare and Enes to the left.     The cross was made into the centre where R. B. Cagiran ghosted in between two defenders to fire in the opening goal.


Gencler had 2 more opportunities to add a 2nd goal before the half time whistle.     Firstly, Amilton saw his header hit the post, and secondly, an impressive sweeping inter-passing move saw M. Yatabare’s shot go unluckily inches wide on the wrong side of the post.


The 2nd half was one big yawn and the match had 1-0 written all over it until suddenly it exploded into life in the final 15 minutes   !


M. Yatabare and Kayote went close with goal bound efforts, until with only 5 minutes to go, the 2nd goal arrived.


The move started near the half way line and the ball was carried down the right wing, crossed into the box where S. Yatabare was ideally positioned to bullet in a header to put the match beyond Altay.


It was all one-way traffic at this point with Akabueze and Enes almost finding the 3rd goal, but it did arrive deep into time added on.


M. Yatabare received a pass on the 18 yard line and struck a fierce shot with the goalkeeper having no chance.


Next up for Gencler is the ‘acid test’ when they travel to 2nd top of the league Kocaeli next Saturday who are only 2 points above Gencler.     So, this will surely test their mettle   !!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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