Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler suffered their 4th straight defeat in Ankara today against Trabzon who are now back in the hunt for a Europa Cup place after a poor start to the season.
Mustafa Kaplan will be scratching his bead and wondering what to do next with no other strikers on the bench to shake things up !!
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Trabzonspor 2
Team – Adiyaman, Arda, Toure, Polomat, Piris, Furman, Soner, Artan, Yilmaz, Candeias and
Substitutes – Stancu, Yildirim, Ilker and Ayite
The first half hour of the match was riddled with basic errors from both teams. However, with Trabzon having 73% possession, they looked the more threatening without actually testing Adiyaman.
Then a boring match burst into life in the 35th minute when Trabzon finally put their possession into something tangible. Some skilful inter-passing between Nwakaeme and Djaniay resulted in Djaniay rounding Adiyaman and slotting in for the opening goal.
Into the 2nd half and it was still Trabzon showing the more urgency and a fierce shot from Djaniay just outside the box was well saved by Adiyaman.
The 2nd goal arrived after 53 minutes from a Trabzon breakaway on the left. The cross came in and went over Toure’s head to the unmarked Ekuban lurking behind him and he had the easiest of task’s to lash the ball in with Adiyaman stranded.
Into the last 10 minutes and Trabzon took their foot off the gas. Gencler probably sensing this, started to put pressure on the Trabzon defence. However, they were punished in the 84th minute when Gencler made an impressive attack which resulted in a panic in the defence with a hand-ball in Trabzon’s attempt to clear their lines.
Not for the 1st time this season, Piris stepped up and sent in a perfect penalty just inside the right post with the goalkeeper diving in the opposite direction.
Nwakaeme had a great chance to put the match to bed in the 90th minute when he was one on one with Adiyaman inside the 6 yard box, but he sent his weak shot straight into the arms of a grateful Adiyaman.
Into time added on and Gencler had a chance to draw level when they were awarded a free kick on the left goal line. It was well taken, but equally, well saved by the goalkeeper.
So, too little too late by Gencler. Having said that, Trabzon was well worth their lead with their African players in particular causing all sort of problems for the Gencler defence.
Next up for Gencler is another home match against mid-table Antalyaspor next Sunday 31 January. If Gencler lose this one, the alarm bells will be sounding !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim