Sunday, September 18, 2011

It wasn't pretty but Gencler take the three points

It wasn't one of the big Istanbul teams and it wasn't the best football I've ever seen but last's nights win over Karabuk is quite a boost for Gencler. The game had flashes of brilliance but the severe problems we have at the back were there for all to see.

Genclerbirligi 2 - 1 Karabukspor

Lots of sport for me on Saturday. First up was Little Oz Kanka's football at Balgat, then off to the Red Lion Club for the 11:30 start of the Australia-Ireland rugby match (don't ask me about it), a quick nap at home and then off to the Beer Bus to find me all alone with just a beer and the paper to keep me company (Posta really is a crap newspaper).

Not to worry. Caught up with Ertank and we made our way into the stadium. Maraton was pretty much full but the depression that most Gencler fans have at the moment was evident in that there were about six people watching from the Gecekondu stand.

Gencler started out well. With Zec, Azofaifa and Harbuzi all on the pitch, much to our surprise they had all been left on the bench last week, Gencler coach Fuat Capa was obviously looking to attack. Attack they did with various half chances created right from the off. Karabuk was looking totally lost. In about the 19th Zec threaded a lovely ball through the centre to the young Yasin who smashed it in. 1-0 up and Gencler kept on attacking.

It wasn't brilliant football and no one had a brilliant game really. Stupid decisions were being made and Karabuk should really have been put to the sword. Still at least we were attacking and it paid off when Oktay Delibalti managed to get past two or three players close to the line, Hursut was waiting for it but Oktay's pass was crap. Luck was with us though as the ball came off a Karubuk player and Hursut got back quickly and scored.

Half-time and Gencler should have been up by more.

The half-time talk must have been pretty hopeless because Gencler came out and were rubbish for the first 15 minutes or so. Our defence had holes galore and it was only thanks to our keeper, the post at times and some rubbish shots from Karabuk that kept us in it, until the 50th when Karabuk scored after we failed to clear our lines.

We seemed to get back into rhythm not much longer after that and towards the end we had some decent chances. Match said and done and we were happy as were the Gencler players. I'm still not convinced we have a side that will trouble the big guys this season. A good team on its day would have put five or six past Karabuk. Gencler are clearly not a good team at the moment. Still, I'll take the three points any day.

By the way. Not once during the match did one of the medics have to come on to treat a player. So why the hell was five minutes of stoppage time played? Bloody hopeless.


  1. Anonymous6:04 pm

    The first win of the season is important, and not just for putting points on the table, but for the players confidence. So, well done to Gencler for taking their chances in the first half.

    Next weekend will be the acid test for the Ankara teams with the local derby. If I was a betting man, I honestly wouldn't know where to put my money !!

    Just what the league table will look like tomorrow night at 9.45pm doesn't bear thinking about as far as I'm concerned.

    However, if Istanbul BBS can go to all conquering (Inter Milan) Trabzon and take 3 points then why can't Ankaragucu take 3 points in Istan...spit...bul ??!! ..... and the answer ????

    All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

  2. I see ahmet gokcek was at the game cheering on gencler, he has a cheek to set foot in the 19 mayis again.

    Jim - i hope your right but Ankaragucu havent won at Besiktas in years and with our current team its hard to see.

    ps great win for Rangers hahahaha

  3. Anonymous7:21 pm

    Aye, true enough Nadeem. That's why I suggested to Damon and Harun to come early to The Chopin at 7pm for some 'pain relieving liquid' !!!

    Wow ! 6 goals in an Auld Firm match. Aye, looks like Rangers are on fire in Scotland, but isn't it a pity that they canny dae the biz in YooRo ??!!

    The Tims got a 'get outta jail free' card wi Sion, but it remain to be seen if they can overturn a 0-2 deficit against Madrid. Sorry to say that my money is on ....... Madrid !!!

    All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

  4. I had no idea that Gokcek was at the match. Neither did any of the other fans. I assure you that if we had known our displeasure would have been heard!

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