Tuesday, December 14, 2021




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler have only themselves to blame for allowing Erzurum back into the match in the 2nd half today after missing some good chances in the 1st half.   Also, Adiyaman wasn’t trouble once in the 1st half.


However, it was a different story in the 2nd half when Erzurum awoke from their slumber  !!


Erzurumspor           2                GENCLERBIRLIGI          0


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


Substitutes – Lualua, Eleke, Metehan and Sallallich


It took until the 16th minute for the first goal attempt by both teams........... so boring, especially by Erzurum’s back 4 who spent most of the 1st half passing to each other across the field and back to the goalkeeper.    Sometimes, they decided to relieve the monotony by hoofing the ball up field to be swallowed by the Gencler defenders   !!


Kerem almost opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he was put through in the centre but in the process of heading in, he fouled the goalkeeper.


6 minutes later a cross came in for Lima in the centre just inside the box and unmarked, but he contrived to blast the ball well over the bar.


A few minutes later and another opportunity was wasted by Sahindere when he shot just past the left post.


It was a different Erzurum who came out for the 2nd half when they went straight into attack and Emircan sent 2 goal bound shots in which were well saved by Adiyaman.    


Gencler should have heeded the warning, but they could do little about the opening goal in the 63rd minute.    A great through pass from Novikovas (an excellent midfield general !!) to split the Gencler defence and allowed Emircan to run onto the pass from the left and fire the ball into the top right.


6 minutes later and the killer goal saw Gencler heads drop.    Excellent skill on the left wing by Suleyman and an astute pass inside to Samuel who evaded a tackle and fired the ball inside the right post.


This result propelled Erzurum to the top of the league 1 point ahead of Umraniye and 1 point ahead of Ankaragucu and with a game in hand  !!


Gencler can try to get their season back on track next Sunday 19 December when they host Menemen.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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