Saturday, December 23, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Santa Claus came early to Ankara today  but decided not to leave any presents for Gencler.   He’s probably on his way to the Pendik district of Istanbul now to deliver his presents to Ankaragucu on Monday   !!!


GENCLERBIRLIGI          0                    Tuzlaspor             2


Team – Orkun, R. B. Cagiran, Yasin, Nzaba, Wu, Enes, Kemaloglu, M. Cagiran, Karakullukcu, Kayode and Amilton


Substitutes – Akabueze, Ugur, Erturk and Bostan


Yet another poor boring Gencler 1st half against an equally poor Tuzla team who failed to put one shot on target in the first 45 minutes.   Both goalkeepers were untroubled with some wayward shots on goal by Gencler.


However, it was a different story in the 2nd half   !


4 minutes in and the Tuzla goalkeeper had to make an instinctive save from a corner on the right which almost sneaked in.


A few minutes later Orkun made 2 crucial saves to deny Tuzla.   


Tuzla was a different team in the 2nd half and they finally broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute.    A long range shot looked to have found the target, but the ball rebounded off the bar straight to Umar who shrugged off an attempted tackle and slid the ball in.


7 minutes later and Gencler almost found the equaliser when R. B. Cagiran’s goal bound header was cleared off the line by a well placed defender.


The match was finally put to bed one minute before the final whistle and what a fantastic goal it was too.     A Tuzla attack originated on the left and the ball played into the unmarked Cinar in the centre about 25 yards out.    He took aim and sent a swerving shot into the top right with Orkun well beaten.


There was still time for Tuzla to add a 3rd when Yasin brought down an attacker in the box as he was about to cross the ball.    However, the penalty kick was well saved by Orkun.


On the balance of play I suppose it was a well deserved 3 points for Tuzla and a result which moves them out of the bottom three.


As for Gencler, they remain in 6th position in the league but the ‘vultures are circling’ in readiness to claim their play-off position   !


The league now enters a 2 weeks winter break and Gencler will be in action away to Umraniye on 13/14 January.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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