Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
After conceding a 1st half goal last night, Gencler, although attacking throughout the 2nd half, looked down and out.
However, two late blunders by the normally reliable ‘Ankaragucu olde boy’ Korcan in goal, gifted all 3 points to Geneler which was a cruel ending for Kocaeli who didn’t deserve to lose all 3 points.
Kocaelispor 1 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Adiyaman, Kerem, Mert, Arda, Omurcan, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Tshibola, Oleksandr, Baris and Eleke
Substitutes – Sallalich, Ilker and Gokhan
The match was only 4 minutes old when Kocaeli scored an excellent glancing header in the centre of the box, but the linesman’s flag was up and from the replay he was correct.
Kocaeli continued to attack and received their reward 6 minutes later with some great inter-passing down the right and the ball finally played into the centre to the feet of Dino who stroked the ball inside the left post from just outside the box.
20 minutes gone and Adiyaman pulled off a great save from a goal bound header following a corner as Kocaeli continued to attack.
Korcan was not called to deal with anything in the 1st half and we could have been excused for thinking that more goals would follow from Kocaeli !!
The half time Team Talk obviously worked wonders as Gencler came out with all guns blazing and took the match to Kocaeli.
Kocaeli didn’t seem to have an answer to Gencler’s attacks and were pinned back in their own half for the most part.
The equaliser almost arrived in the 62nd minute but the goal bound shot was well saved by Korcan for a corner.
However, the pressure finally paid off 9 minutes later when the Kocaeli defence cracked. A cross came in from the left to the far post and Korcan misjudged the flight of the ball, flapped his hand at it and parried it straight to a Gencler attacker who header the ball back into the centre. With Korcan out of position, Gokhan headed powerfully inside the left post.
There was no response from Kocaeli who were seemingly content to play long speculative balls out of defence to relieve the pressure.
With the match heading for a tie, which would have been a fair result, the 2nd blunder arrived in the 90th minute.
Hrechyshkin took a snap shot from about 30 yards out which Korcan had covered and it was a routine save ............ wasn’t it ?!! For some reason, he fumbled the ball and it screwed off his arm and into the net. He was a great servant for Ankaragucu and I really felt sorry for him !!
It was too late for Kocaeli to try and find an equaliser, but they did have time to see RED when Diego received a 2nd yellow in the 90 plus 6th minute for a high and dangerous tackle.
Gencler move out of the bottom half of the league and into 8th position. League action resumes on Sunday when Gencler will be at home to Istanbulspor. Another chance for them to find the 3 points and move into the play off positions perhaps ??!!
Prior to that there is a Turkish Cup 3rd Round Match on Thursday when Gencler host Pendikspor.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim