Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
There is no denying Gencler’s fighting spirit !! After 11 matches without a win, they have now managed 2 consecutive wins and move up one place off the bottom of the league above Denizlispor, at least until tomorrow.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 2 Kasimpasa 1
Team – Nordfeldt, Johanssen, Arda, Mustafa, Pehlivan, Soner, Piris, Candeias, Yildirm, Ayite and Lima
Substitutes – Yilmaz, Diego, Mugni and Polomat
It was all Kasimpasa in the 1st half with Gencler only having one serious shot on goal.
Kasimpasa’s first chance came in the 10th minute when a sweeping move sent the Gencler defence scurrying back, but the final effort was just past the post.
10 minutes later and it was Nordfeldt to the rescue when he saved a goal bound header from a corner.
Gencler’s first chance came 3 minutes later but Soner’s shot was just past the post.
Kasimpasa had 2 more good chances before the half time whistle, but both were saved by Nordfeldt.
Kasimpasa was weaving pretty patterns all over the field in the 1st half with 72% possession but nothing to seriously trouble Nordfeldt.
Into the 2nd half and again Nordfeldt made a great save 6 minutes in with a point blank save !
Then 8 minutes later, against the run of play, Gencler struck. A breakaway on the right and Candeias crossed for Yilmaz to nip in between 2 defenders and bullet a shot into the top right.
Kasimpasa wasn’t finished and they equalised in the 65th minute when they had an attack down the left. The cross came in, which eluded everyone in the box, but Yusef was unmarked on the back post and he shot inside the left post for an excellent predator’s goal.
That was it ........ I thought. However, Gencler produced the goal of the match when they attacked down the left. The cut-back came in from the goal line and Yilmaz was there to cheekily back-heel the ball inside the left post to deceive everyone ...... and the goalkeeper.
That was it .......... I thought. Still one more piece of action when Pehlivan tripped an attacker in the box with only 10 minutes to go. The referee pointed immediately to the penalty spot, but there was a VAR moment before his decision was confirmed.
Hajradino sent his kick to the right which Nordfeldt parried, and his shot on the rebound was blasted over the bar !!!
So, even with only 29% possession and only 2 shots on target, Gencler took all 3 points, which leaves the fight in the relegation zone even more intense.
Next up is an away match against Alanya on Sunday 4th April and another chance for Gencler to escape from the relegation zone.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim