Sunday, April 07, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler missed a golden opportunity to move into the play-off zone today when their recent winning run came to an abrupt halt.


This should have been a ‘home banker’ on recent form, but all credit to Adana for refusing to capitulate after going a goal down, and their constant harrying of Gencler in the 2nd half when they refused to allow Gencler time on the ball to dictate play.   Adana’s confidence noticeably grew as the 2nd half unfolded.


However, there is still time for Gencler to impact the play-off group, and perhaps they received a reminder today that it is unwise to under-estimate any team in this league   !


GENCLERBIRLIGI           1                       Adanaspor              1


Team – Ertugrul, Nzaba, Yigit, Babacan, Yasin, Ensar, Oguzhan, Akabueze, Amilton, Bugra Cagiran and Melih


Substitutes – Jimmy Durmaz, M. Yatabare, Oltan and James


It was mostly all one-way traffic towards the Adana goal in the 1st half and Gencler missed a trick to go in with a commanding lead at the half time whistle.


Gencler almost opened the scoring after 17 minutes when a shot hit the bar and the ball went out of play.   


2 minutes later and this time the ball hit the back of the net when Melih surged into the box and let fly.    However, the linesman’s flag was up for offside.    VAR was called in and the goal was correctly given, but it was a hairline decision.


Approaching half time and Melih should have made it 2 when put through again, but his shot went whizzing narrowly past the post.


A few minutes later Nzaba saw his well struck long range shot well saved by the goalkeeper who was almost caught out when he strayed too far off his line.


Then, almost on the half time whistle came an audacious goal from Dabo after Gencler lost possession on the halfway line.    He took a few steps forward a sent a looping shot over Ertugrul’s head and in just under the bar.    Not an auspicious 1st half for Ertugrul who didn’t have anything to do apart from hiding his blushes   !!


Nothing much to say about the 2nd half which was all about Adana playing the possession game to obviously frustrate Gencler, and in that respect they achieved their aim   !!


Next up for Gencler is the Ankara Derby away to Keciorengucu on 13 April.    With Kecioren near the relegation zone Gencler can expect another tough match with both teams desperate for points.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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