Greeting Kankas and Kankies.
After 5 league matches without loss, Gencler was given a footie lesson last night by a slick and skillful Istanbulspor team, who on this form, will be a team to watch as the season progresses.
The only positive for Gencler was a group of their supporters in the small turnout who have copied Eskisehirspor and formed their own little orchestra of saxophone, trombone, clarinet, etc !! The TV camera panned in on them, but unfortunately without sound !!
GENCLERBIRLIGI 0 Istanbulspor 2
Team – Adiyaman, Omurcan, Arda, Gokhan, Kerem, Tshibola, Hrechyshkin, Byelyayer, Aksel, Baris and Eleke
Substitutes – Lima, Eralp, Sallalich, Furkan and Lualua
Istanbulspor almost went behind after 20 minutes when a defender, attempting to clear a left wing cross, almost screwed the ball into his own net. Then 2 minutes later Gencler did have the ball in the net, but it was clearly an offside goal with 2 attackers caught out.
Istanbul settled from this point and rarely looked troubled. They scorned a few chances before deservedly taking the lead shortly before the half time whistle. A cross came in from the left direct to Topalli in the centre who side footed the ball into the top left for an excellently taken goal.
It was almost 2 shortly after when Adiyaman pulled off a brilliant save to prevent the ball going into the top right from a 30 yard screamer of a shot.
The 2nd half was only 2 minutes old when Istanbulspor missed a chance to go further in front when an attacker skied over a cut-back for miss of the match.
However, the 2nd goal arrived 3 minutes later from a free kick on the left. The ball hit a head in the crowded penalty box and was deflected to Erdogan who bulleted in a header.
Istanbulspor was in complete control of the match from this point and almost made it 3 with 15 minutes to go when a bullet of a shot in the centre was just past the left post.
4 minutes into time added on and Gencler finally managed a shot on target which was well saved by the Istanbulspor goalkeeper.
Gencler will be in action again next Sunday when they travel across the city to play Keciorengucu who are near the bottom of the league. Therefore, they will be in no mood to concede anything to Gencler. An interesting match in prospect I think !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim