Sunday, December 19, 2021




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


It was a poor Menemen side (only one point above the relegation zone) which turned-up in Ankara today.     Even before the RED card after 24 minutes they were struggling to enter the Gencler final 3rd.


At the final whistle they had recorded zero shots on target and Adiyaman didn’t have to make a save in the entire match.    The Gencler back four kept him warm by sending some back passes to him, perhaps just to check and make sure he was still there and awake   !!!


GENCLERBIRLIGI             5                     Menemen             0


Team – Adiyaman, Mert, Arda, Gokhan, Kerem, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Aksel, Tshibola, Sahindere and Lima


Substitutes – Sallallich, Kula, Omurcan, Lualua and Muhammed


It only took 5 minutes for Gencler to open the scoring.    A corner was swung in from the right and was met with a powerful header by Mert which went in at the right post assisted by a defender guarding the right post.


It was almost two 3 minutes later when a cross came in from the right and Lima sent his header to the top right, but the goalkeeper pulled off a great save.


Gomes was then shown a straight RED after a tussle with Kerem, and after the ball had been played away, Gomes struck Kerem and pushed him to the ground.   


Menemen entered the Genler final 3rd a few times but didn’t know what to do with the ball which in every instance was cleared by the Gencler defence.


Gencler was straight back into attack in the 2nd half and Tshibola almost made it two after 5 minutes in, but his shot hit the post and was cleared.


However, it came 5 minutes later with a swift Gencler attack which cut the Menemen defence to shreds.    The move started on the left and was switched to the right.    The cut-back came in and Lima was able to stroke the ball in unchallenged.


6 minutes later it was 3 with a similar goal.     The cut-back again came in from the right and Lima was on hand to side-foot the ball in via the under-side of the bar.


15 minutes later and yet another cut-back for Lima to side-foot in for No4.


2 minutes into time added on and it was 5 when Man of the Match Tshibola sneaked in between two defenders to head in from the free kick on the right.


A clinical performance against a poor Menemen team which moves Gencler up to 7th in the league.     They will have to produce a similar performance next Sunday when they travel to league leaders Umraniye, and in the process do Ankaragucu a favour by bringing all 3 points back to Ankara.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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