Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler’s recent run of good form came to an end in Sivas tonight when they succumbed to an impressive Sivas team who play fast and attractive football.
However, having said that, Gencler were unfortunate to go in at half time 1-0 down when they scorned two good chances to go ahead.
Sivas stepped up a gear in the 2nd half and deservedly took all 3 points.
Sivasspor 3 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Nordfeldt, Pehivan, Polomat, Arda, Omurcan, Berat, Yildirim, Stancu, Candeias, Yilmaz and Sio
Substitutes - Furman, Ayike and Mustafa Seyhan
Sio had the first chance of the match after 15 minutes when Stancu was brought down just outside the box in the centre. His shot hit the wall and went out for a corner.
Then on the half hour mark Stancu was first to the ball from a left wing free kick, but his headed flick was past the right post.
Sivas was attacking too, but trying to walk the ball in and Gencler was sweeping up.
Into time added on, and I was just about to go and have my first ‘refreshment’ of the evening when there was a great move by Sivas on the right when the ball was played in to the left for Gradel who shot just outside the box and it went in just inside the left post with Nordfeldt unable to reach it. Great move and great goal.
Into the 2nd half and Sio should have equalised inside the 6 yard box but the goalkeeper made a great instinctive save. From the clearance, Sivas should have extended their lead, but an excellent saving tackle from Arda prevented a certain goal.
Half way through the 2nd half and there was a great surging run by Erdogan, but his goal bound shot was well saved by Nordfeldt.
It looked all over for Gencler one minute later when from a Sivas corner on the left, Hakan’s back-header deceived Nordfeldt and the game was up for Gencler.
5 minutes to go and Yatabare put the match well and truly beyond Gencler with a classic striker’s goal when he received the ball on the left just inside the box and sent a shot inside the right post.
However, Gencler grabbed a consolation goal in the 91st minute when Arda rose up highest in the penalty box to power in a header from a free kick on the right and inside the left post.
So to Monday, and the ‘6 Pointer’ against fellow strugglers Kayseri in what will be a crucial test of nerves before the winter break.
As always, watch this space for the outcome !!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim