Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Last night was a night of drama at the bottom of the league with Gencler snatching victory from the jaws of defeat and keeping their super league status dream alive until the last match of the season on Saturday.
I was unable to watch the match as I was watching the pathetic attempt by Ankaragucu to beat Kasimpasa to keep their season alive !!
GENCLERBIRLIGI 5 Goztepe 3
Team – Nordfeldt, Johansson, Mert, Diego, Polomat, Piris, Furman, Berisberk, Ayite, Karakas and Lima
Substitutes – Soner, Stancu, Yilmaz and Toure
Down 2-0 approaching half time, Gencler fought back to win 5-3. However, I remember saying in the first half of the season that Gencler had 2 very good proven strikers in Stancu and Sio, and one of them came off the bench last night to score 3 goals !!
Approaching half time, Diego scored to give Gencler some hope of turning things round in the 2nd half. 4 minutes into the 2nd half and Ayite found the equaliser, but Goztepe restored their lead 1 minute later.
Enter Stancu off the bench to bag a hat-trick in the 56th, 70th and 82nd minutes. My first reaction was to think ......... if only Ankaragucu had a striker of his calibre, and even if Gencler are relegated next weekend, he will always be remembered for his heroics last night !!
As things stand at the moment, Denizlispor, Erzurumspor and Ankaragucu are confirmed as relegated.
So, with Kayseri winning a point against Basaksehir last night they will go into the last match next Saturday against fener....spit.....bahce hoping to save their season. They have 41 points and Gencler 38. So, Gencler must win their last match in Trabzon. A tall order for both Kayseri and Gencler, so it will be a tense finale to the season.
Incidentally, I’m sure eyebrows will be raised in the Gencler Camp in the knowledge that Basaksehir had 75% possession last night against Kayseri and not one shot on target !!! It’s my suspicious mind !!!
As always, watch this space for the outcome next weekend.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim