A variety of reasons meant I couldn't go to the 19 Mayis for Monday night's Genclerbirligi - Fenerbahce match. Listening to it at first on the radio and then on a pirated stream (which Digiturk, wasn't on a blogspot blog!) at times I was very glad to be at home and then I wanted to be there, then it was back to being happy at home. It was that sort of match.
And Flying Dutchman Kanka makes 37. Photo via Dan the Man.
Genclerbirligi 2 - 4 Fenerbahce
Why can't radio commentators count? Sure, Sir Eski and Maniac Kanka can only count to 37 but why did the TRT radio commentator say "as usual there are very few Gencler fans". I half believed him. It was a snowy cold Monday night, but then when I killed the radio and started watching a stream of the match I saw that Maraton was full. Surely more than 37.
It all started out badly for Gencler. Fener scored in the 14th, replays showed it was a clear offside, and then in the 20th or so a very dodgy penalty was given to Fenerbahce.
Depression setting in at the Oz Kanka household.
I was still listening to the radio at this point, waiting for @ironturk to twitter me a secret link to the match when Gencler went into all out attack mode. Shot after shot and the match was on. Orhan Sam opened the scoring for us with a nice kick across the face of the goal that snuck in.
Fener seemed out of sorts but then had the ball in the back of the net, luckily the ref had blown for a foul. The "very few" Gencler fans were in good voice at this stage with the game pretty much Gencler's, including one nice chant of "sahtekar Emre" as the little cheat rolled around on the ground.
Then came the equaliser. Azofeifa took a corner which bounced out of the box where Hursut volleyed it into the net. 2-2 at half time and this was looking like a hell of a match.
The snow started tumbling down and it was almost impossible to see what was going on. At various times stadium officials had to clear the lines in order for us to have any idea and at some stage they changed to an orange ball.
In fact I could hardly tell what was happening. All I know is that our midfield seemed to lose it completely and Fener were hitting their groove.
The two goals that Fener then scored were both legitimate and heart breaking.
We didn't really show much at all in the second half. A few shots, a some good keeping from Fener, but the second half was definitely Fener's.
All up it was fun match but still disappointing we couldn't get a point.