Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
12 matches in and Gencler is still as unpredictable as ever ! Won 4, Lost 6 and drawn 2, Gencler is stuck in 13th position only 4 points above the relegation zone, and with only 7 matches remaining until the Winter Break, it is looking gloomy. Not time to hit the panic button yet, but ........... probably time to start casting the net before the January Transfer Window !!!
GENCLERBIRLI 0 Tuzlaspor 1
Team – Adiyaman, Gokhan, Metehan, Kerem, Lualua, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Tshibola, Baris, Eleke and Lima
Substitutes – Arda, Byelyayev, Altiparmak, Munhammed and Sallallich
The 1st half was a ....... yawn tonight ...... and I was about to drop off to sleep when the commentator woke me up on the 36th minute !! In the 1st serious attack of the match, a cross came in from the left and Lima headed just over.
From the resulting goal kick, Tuzla attacked at speed down the right with the ball played to Jurgen at the half way line. He drove forward, entered the penalty box unchallenged, and sent the ball inside the right post. A clinical goal on the counter attack !!
One minute later and it was 2, but ............. the linesman’s flag was quite rightly up for an offside goal.
Gencler had 2 attempts on goal in the match. The first was a free kick attempt in the 68th minute just outside the box in the centre which was easily saved by the goalkeeper. The second, was a goal bound shot by Metehan 10 minutes later which was heading into the top right, but a spectacular save by the goalkeeper sent the ball out for a corner.
There was time for Tuzla to add a 2nd goal in the 92nd minute when a defender tried a long lob from just inside his own half, but Adiyaman back-pedalled to deflect he ball out for a corner.
It has to be said that Tuzla deservedly took all 3 points and were in control of the match for the most part and looking the more threatening and composed team. Gencler had a fair amount of chances but their goal attempts in the final 3rd were pathetic and also well handled by an impressive Tuzla defence.
Not a match which will live long in the memory, and on this performance Gencler face a difficult season in the weeks ahead !!
Next up is another home match this Friday, 26th November, against Bursaspor. I will be unable to watch this match, but I’ll give a brief report next Saturday.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim