Sunday, January 21, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler is back in contention for joining the scramble for a play-off position after picking up 3 points tonight which at one point in the match looked out of their reach.


It was a game of 2 halves, with Sakarya looking the likelier team to take all 3 points after their 1st half display, with 60% possession and fast flowing passing football, they looked unstoppable.    However, Sakarya lost their discipline in the 2nd half, especially after their RED card, and Gencler gradually took advantage and gained control.


GENCLERBIRLIGI             3                   Sakarya              1


Team – Orkan, Nzaba, M. Cagiran, Babacan, Yasin, Akabueze, Kemaloglu, Amilton, Kayode, Erturk and M. Yatabare


Substitutes – Aosman, Oguzkan, Yigit, Oltan and Melih


Both teams were intent on attack in the 1st half and had chances, but surprisingly they went in at half time  at 0-0.


Sakarya was first to threaten after 10 minutes when Orkun parried a point blank header to prevent a certain goal.     He then cleared the loose ball as an attacker was about to pounce.


At the other end, Amilton had 2 chances but in the first he screwed his shot past the post, and in the second his snatched shot was saved by the goalkeeper.


Near the half time whistle, and in a fluent passing movement, Sinan of Sakarya was set-up inside the box but his shot was just over the bar.


Into time added on in the 1st half and from yet another fast break by Sakarya, Orkun pulled off another crucial save when he got his fingertips to a shot a split second before a Sakarya attacker.


10 minutes into the 2nd half and Sakarya opened the scoring.     A mistake by Cagiran on the left gave possession to Sakarya and the ball was whipped into the centre to the unmarked Roshi who picked his spot to score easily.


5 minutes later the match swung in Gencler’s favour.      A Gencler player was needlessly brought down just inside the box on the left with no apparent immediate danger for Sakarya.   Notwithstanding, the referee quite rightly pointed to the spot for a penalty.


Aosman sent a fierce shot inside the left post which was too powerful for the goalkeeper to reach.


5 minutes later and Hasan of Sakarya saw RED when he was obviously arguing with the referee about a decision he made in favour of Gencler.    It looked like a yellow at first, but then he obviously said something ‘very naughty’ to the referee who then produced the RED card.    Hasan was incensed and was right into the referee’s face and it looked like he was almost about to head-butt him.     However, he was restrained by team-mates and officials before being escorted from the field by Sakarya officials.     No doubt The TFF will be giving Hasan Bey an extended holiday   !!!


It was all Gencler now as they went for the jugular   !


15 minutes to go and Yatabare had a shot on goal which the goalkeeper spilled for a corner.


From the resulting corner on the right, the ball was sent to the left and then back again to the right for Yasin to loop a header into the top corner.


5 minutes later and Gencler put the match to bed with No 3.    Similar to the previous goal, the ball was crossed from left to right and back to left for Yatabare to head in.


The final whistle went and still time for another RED when Murat of Sakarya obviously said something very nasty to the referee who firstly showed a yellow and then a RED.     He also had to be restrained by players and officials.      The referees were then surrounded by Police and escorted off the field   !!!


Next up for Gencler is a trip to Bodrum on Sunday 28 January.     Bodrum is also in the play-off mix so an extra competitive match is surely in prospect.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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