Sunday, December 10, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Unbeaten in their last 8 league matches, Gencler was outplayed in the 2nd half tonight.    However, it could have been a different scenario if they hadn’t missed a penalty with the score at 0-0 and then having to play most of the 2nd half with 10 men   !!


Consequently, Gencler slip one league position to 7th, while Goztepe move up to 3rd, only 3 points behind 2nd top Kocaeli, and on this form are looking probable promotion contenders.


GENCLERBIRLIGI             0                    Goztepe           3


Team – Orkun, Ugur, Nzaba, Amilton, Yasin, M. Cagiran, Akabueze, Erturk, Kayode, Kemaloglu and M. Yatabare


Substitutes – Ortan, R. B. Cagiran, Ozturk and Enes


The 1st half was instantly forgettable, with Gencler registering zero shots on target (only one in the 2nd half   !!).


Goztepe only seriously troubled Orkun once near the half time whistle when he saved a long range goal bound free kick.


It looked like the tide had changed for Gencler when they were awarded a penalty 8 minutes into the 2nd half.     I have to say that it was a rather harsh decision when M. Cagiran made a meal of an innocuous tackle as he was facing the corner flag direction.


Amilton took responsibility and sent a weak shot to the left which was easily saved by the goalkeeper.


10 minutes later and Kayode received his 2nd yellow card for obviously saying something to the referee which he shouldn’t have   !!!


6 minutes later and the opening goal arrived, which on the balance of play, was not unexpected.      


A corner was sent over to the centre and Lasse came flying in to bullet his header inside the left post.


3 minutes later and Gencler equalised, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.


5 minutes later and an excellent 2nd goal when Goztepe made a fast break down the right.    The cut-back was made inside the box to Taore who rifled the ball in.


4 minutes to go and another piece of skill by Traore when he made himself available on the left.    He cut into the box, and his shot flew inside the left post to put the icing on the cake   !!


So, Gencler now has 5 days to prepare to put the show back on the road.     On paper, their next match shouldn’t be a problem, but as Gencler has discovered, there are no ‘easy’ matches in this league   !!


They will travel to 2nd bottom of the league Giresun on Friday 15 December.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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