Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
As we all know, it isn’t easy to travel to Malatya and return with all 3 points and that was a bridge too far for Gencler yesterday.
Gencler has two excellent forwards in Stancu and Candeias, but both were out of luck yesterday with Gencler mustering only ONE shot on target in the whole match ! Their approach play was pretty to watch at times, but when they entered the final 3rd they seem to have a mental block or a death wish to concede possession.
Malatya on the other hand was threatening throughout and always looked like the team who would take all 3 points.
Yeni Malatyaspor 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Nordfeldt, Diego, Toure, Arda, Berat, Polomat, Piris, Johansson, Murat, Candeias and Stancu
Substitutes – Soner, Ayite, Yilmaz, Furman and Pehlivan
Malatya was straight into attack from the off and scored after only 45 seconds, however, it was rightly chalked off for offside.
10 minutes later and Gencler was ahead against the run of play. It was great play by Stancu on the left wing when he cut in, looked up, and crossed to the far post where Candeias was lurking. He controlled the ball and sent a perfect cut-back to Murat who stroked the ball in for a well constructed goal.
Malatya equalised 10 minutes later and Mert Bey will not be pleased with the marking by his defenders at corners. A corner on the left was swung over, and with Gencler defenders around him, Semih was allowed to attack it and send in an angled header to the top right.
There was one more scare before the half time whistle, but Nordfeldt saved well from a goal bound shot at the right post.
The 2nd half was only 7 minutes old when Malatya went deservedly into the lead from another corner. The ball was sent in on the right to the impressive Kubilay who was unmarked on the 6 yard line, and he bulleted in a header between Nordfeldt and Polomat.
10 minutes to go and Malatya scored another offside goal but again it was rightly chalked off.
Into time added on and Ankaragucu ‘old boy’ Umut Bulut was introduced, but of course, that was purely a time wasting tactic and he didn’t have time to show us if he had lost any of his predatory powers.
The final action was Nordfeldt pulling off another good save when a Malatya forward tried a cheeky chip over him.
So, Gencler are now keeping Ankaragucu company at the bottom of the league !!
Next Saturday Gencler will be at home against Gaziantep for what will surely be another difficult match and one which Gencler must take something from.
I will be in Izmir this weekend and will put up a mini-report early next week at some stage.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim