Tuesday, February 13, 2024



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler missed a golden opportunity last night to make a statement of intent in their bid for promotion.   Sitting in 9th position in the league they are still not out of the play-off picture, but they will need to make a move soon to pick-up points otherwise they will be dragged down into mid-table oblivion.


True enough, they were up against the league leaders, but Eyup were off the pace in the 2nd half and Gencler failed to take advantage of it.


There are more mountains looming for Gencler, and as I have said here many times over the years, there are no ‘easy’ matches in The Championship League.


Eyupspor              1                         GENCLERBIRLIGI               0


Team – Ertugrul, Yasin, Nzaba, Babacan, Oguzhan, Kemaloglu, Jimmy Durmaz, Wu, M. Yatabare, Kayode and Amilton


Substitutes – Bostan, R. B. Cagiran, Oltan and Elias Durmaz


Gencler made a bright start making the Eyup goalkeeper make 2 good saves in the first 10 minutes before fading as the 1st half wore on.


Eyup gradually upped the pace and were rewarded in the 20th minute with a well constructed goal.     From a throw-in on the right, the ball was then chipped over a defender for the Eyup attacker to collect.    Almost at the goal line, he looked up and sent in a perfect cut-back for Bruno to fire in.


From that point, Eyup always looked the likelier team to add another goal, but their final efforts on goal were not on target.


The pace of the match slowed considerably in the 2nd half by both teams, and going into the last 10 minutes Eyup seemed happy to keep possession to run the match down.


Gencler took advantage of this tactic and threatened to equalise twice, but the Eyup goalkeeper was in fine form to deny the equaliser.


Taking everything into account, it’s clear to see why Eyup are top of the league and 7 points clear of 2nd top Goztepe   !!


Next up for Gencler is a home match against Bandirma next Monday, who are also in the play-off area, so yet another chance for Gencler to move into a stronger league position.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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