Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The Ankaragucu Kankas returned to The Alerta Pub to watch our first Genclerbirligi match of the season. Having just watched Ankaragucu go down 2-0 to Konyaspor in The Sumer Cafe, we were in need of an uplifting result to put the smiles back on our ugly mugs ! Unfortunately, we were to be disappointed as Gencler contrived to lose their first league match of the season.
Note for Oz Kanka Chris down-under in Ozland ............... sorry to put the kiss of death on your team !!!
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Gencler started brightly enough and almost scored after 15 minutes, but the swerving goalbound shot from the Gencler No8 was brilliantly saved in the top corner.
It was not all Gencler with Balikesir also in attacking mode, and they opened the scoring with a breakaway attack on the left after 25 minutes. The Gencler defence was all at sea as two cut-backs inside the box allowed the Balikesir attacker to tap-in.
They almost scored a second 3 minutes later but a good save from the Gencler goalkeeper deflected the ball for a corner.
Almost on the half time whistle and the Gencler No77 should have equalised, but he dragged his shot across the goal area and out.
Gencler came out for the 2nd half in full-on attacking mode and we felt the equaliser was coming, and it did, but not as we expected.
The Gencler No10 was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped Nobre who sent his effort to the right with the goalkeeper diving to the left.
Instead of Gencler moving up a gear in search of the winner, it was Balikesir taking the game to Gencler.
With only 3 minutes to go it was looking like a share of the spoils, especially after the Gencler goalkeeper made an incrediblc save to push the ball around the post for a corner to save a certain goal. Then, from that corner, a header from the near post was sent to the back post for another header, but the goalkeeper had it covered, or so we thought. However, he somehow fumbled the ball and allowed it to trickle over the line !
What a bummer !
Into time added-on and the Balikesir goalkeeper sent his clearance over the half way line where a Balikesir attacker latched onto it with the Gencler defenders trailing in his wake. With only the goalkeeper to beat, he had no trouble picking his spot and sending the home fans delirious.
My similar quote on the Ankaragucu v Konya report applies to Gencler ......... ie, ‘A bad day at the office’ !
All credit to Balikesir though. They didn’t appear over-awed by the visit of the league leaders and refused to give up.
On a happy note, at least Bolu lost too, when Denizli beat them 2-1 in Bolu. After a miserable two seasons fighting relegation, Denizli seem to have re-discovered winning ways, and they look to be in ominous form.
Time for Gencler to re-group and get the express train back on the tracks !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim