Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The final score yesterday was probably a fair reflection on the balance of play, with neither team dominating proceedings.
Gencler is fast becoming the draw specialists of this league with them registering their 6th draw of the season, however on the plus side, they remain unbeaten in their last 8 league matches.
Erzurumspor 1 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Orkun, Yasin, M. Cagiran, Nzaba, Ugur, Akabueze, Wu, Erturk, Enes. M. Yatabare and Kayode
Substitutes – Ozturk, Bugra, Oltan, Rodrigues and Yigit
The match didn’t ‘wake up’ until the 25th minute when Erzurum almost took advantage of a Gencler defensive error. A weak back pass by a Gencler defender was pounced on and the goal bound shot was well saved by Orkun. From the resulting corner, Orkun again made a good save from a shot on target.
Gencler had a chance to open the scoring on the half hour mark when Yatabare’s goal bound header was well saved for a corner.
Then shortly before the half time whistle came a piece of individual skill from Eren when he received a pass on the right. He was forced almost to the goal line but managed to round the out rushing Orkun to send his angled shot inside the far post.
Into the 2nd half and Erzurum almost found their 2nd goal when Wu cleared a shot off the line with Orkun beaten.
15 minutes to go and again Erzurum almost scored when Sefa sent in a bullet of a shot which rebounded off the post to safety.
Gencler’s persistence paid off 5 minutes later when they found the equaliser and it was a well worked goal. From a corner on the right, Cagiran was not picked-up and was allowed to ghost in unchallenged to glance his header inside the left post.
Inside time added on and Gencler had a golden opportunity to sneak all 3 points when Kayode’s shot from inside the 6 yard box was blasted over the bar.
Gencler remain in a challenging position in the league but slip to 6th.
Next up is a crucial home match on Sunday 10 December against fellow promotion hopefuls Goztepe who are just above Gencler in 4th position.
However, prior to that the focus returns to the 4th Round of The Turkish Cup. Gencler will play Bornova at home on Wednesday 6 December.
As always, watch this space for the outcome of both matches.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim