Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Rize had most of the possession in the 1st half and should have put the match beyond Gencler after all the chances they had. Delayed shots, headers and shots over the bar and past the post was their undoing.
Tunay in particular scorned several golden opportunities and Gencler were rather fortunate to go in at half time only one goal down, especially as they didn’t have one shot on target in the 1st half.
Caykur Rizespor 1 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Nordfeldt, Piris, Toure, Arda, Polomat, Diego, Soner, Yilmaz, Candeias, Furman and Sio
Substitutes – Mustafa, Barisbek, Yildirim, Ilker and Seyhan
The goal came early in the 1st half in the 7th minute. A cross came in from the right and 2 defenders tackled one Rize attacker at the same time, but all 3 players got in each others way in a tangle and the loose ball fell nicely for Skoda who had the easiest tasks of tapping in.
The 2nd half was only 10 minutes old when Tunay missed a real sitter in the 6 yard box when he scuffed his shot wide of the post when it was easier to score.
5 minutes later Rize was awarded a penalty when the referee pointed to Arda for a foul in the crowded penalty box following a corner. However, he received a message in his earpiece and gave a free kick to Gencler instead. The replay was inconclusive to me due to the number of bodies challenging for the ball from the corner !!
The Gencler equaliser came in the 63rd minute and the Rize goalkeeper, Gokhan, must accept responsibility for it. A Gencler forward received the ball on the right goal line and Gokhan made to go and smother the ball as he received it, but then hesitated which allowed the forward to shoot. Gokhan parried the ball straight into the path of the inrushing Soner who stroked the ball in.
10 minutes to go and Candeias should have made it 2 for Gencler when he had a clear sight of goal well inside the box on the right, but blasted his shot past the right post.
5 minutes later and another chance arrived for Gencler from a defensive error by Rize. Candeias seized on it and made for goal. His shot just inside the box was well saved, but parried by Gokhan and the follow-up shot was cleared off the line by a defender.
There was time for Rize to have 2 goal chances but a goal bound shot and header were well saved by Nordfeldt.
Rize made too many silly mistakes in the 2nd half and lost their way, which handed the initiative to Gencler, who like Rize in the 1st half, didn’t take their chances.
So, I suppose you could say that a draw was a fair result ?!
Next up for Gencler in a home match against high flying Hatay who sit in the top half of the league on Wednesday.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim