Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Genclerbirligi was blown away last Friday night in Istan.....spit.....bul in the 2nd half after they received TWO red cards in the 1st half. I am unaware of the circumstances leading to the red cards, but the referee, Firat Aydinus, received the maximum 3 stars for his performance from that well known ‘lover of Ankara teams’ newspaper, The Hurriyet (cough cough cough !!!).
Besiktas 4 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Ertac, Erdem, Bjarsmyr, Toure, Polomat, Yasin, Sessegnon, Candeias, Ayite, Sefa and Nadir
Substitutes – Ilker, Rahmetullah and Seuntjens.
The first to go was Nadir in the 11 minute, followed by Yasin in the 36th minute. Sandwiched in between was the opening goal by Ayite in the 23rd minute. Miraculously, that’s how it stayed until half time, but Coach, Hamza Bey, was given a headache of how to set out their stall for the 2nd half playing with only 9 players !
It was a mountain to climb for Gencler, and unfortunately a bridge too far !
Vida equalised 5 minutes from the resumption and the writing was on the wall when BJK went ahead through Nkoudou half way through the 2nd half. Oguzhan killed the match off with 15 minutes to go, before Atiba (Man of the Match with 3 assists) added the 4th in time-added-on.
I don’t suppose there will be an inquisition, since it was clear enough that you must have 11 players on the field to have any chance of challenging BJK when they are at home. Gencler also had 4 yellow cards, so it goes without saying that Hamza will need to work on their indiscipline in the 2nd half of the season.
So, going into the winter break, Gencler remain in 13th place and still 4 points ahead of the relegation zone.
For their first match after the winter break, Gencler will be away to Rize. Never an easy place to go when you desperately need points.
A Happy New Year to all the Gencler supporters who follow this blog !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim