Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler seem to have recovered from their early season disasters and have slowly but surely climbed away from the relegation zone in the past few weeks.
After yesterday’s victory in Bandirma, they are now firmly entrenched in mid-table and only 8 points from the leader at the top of the league.
Bandirma 1 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Adiyaman, Kerem, Gokhan, Arda, Omurcan, Sahindere, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Lima, Baris and Eleke
Substitutes – Byelyayer, Ulusoy Mert, Metehan and Altiparmak
It was a ‘Celebration Day’ in The Alerta Bar to welcome Cider Kanka, John Angliss, back to Ankara on a brief visit, and we were able to watch only snatches of the action in between our catch-up news and partaking in ‘special refreshments’ ! Unfortunately, due to the early kick off only Kaleci Kanka Tansu and I could be there, but it was a very enjoyable Kanka Gathering !!
We look forward already to his next visit and hope that he can schedule it around an Ankaragucu match !!
I have to confess that I didn’t see much of the 1st half, which was a little pedestrian in any case. The only action of note was a bullet of a shot from Hrechyshkin from about 30 yards out which the goalkeeper got down well to save as the ball was heading just inside the left post.
However, the match exploded into life in the 60th minute when a Bandirma player was fouled inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. There were lots of protests from Gencler and a few yellow cards brandished. The protests proved pointless as Adiyaman made an excellent save to prevent Bandirma going ahead.
10 minutes later and Gencler punished Bandirma for their profligacy when Arda opened the scoring with a great header from a corner on the right.
With 10 minutes to go there were further protests from Gencler when the referee awarded a 2nd penalty after Adiyaman brought down a Bandirma attacker. A RED card was shown to a member of the Coaching Staff on the touchline. Manaj took the penalty and sent Adiyaman the wrong way for the equaliser.
That was it, or so we thought. However, with only 5 minutes remaining and Bandirma pressing for the winner, Gencler made a quick break from inside their own half. The Bandirma defence was caught out and Lima, in support of the breakaway, had all the time in the world to stroke the ball in for the winner with the goalkeeper exposed and helpless.
Gencler will be at home next Friday night for the visit of Denizlispor, and with another victory, could move into the top half of the league.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim