Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Despite a well constructed equalising goal near the end last night, Gencler find themselves precariously close to the relegation zone.
Gencler played well in phases, but they were also up against a strong Kocaeli team who are also involved in moving clear of the relegation zone.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Kocaeli 1
Team – Ramazan, Omurcan, Metehan, Gokhan, Muhammed, Hrechyshkin, Tshibola, Baris, Serdarcan, Lualua and Lima
Substitutes – Eleke, Berisberk and Ilker
I am unable to report in detail due to some ‘social activities’, but I did see both goals scored in the 2nd half after a fairly uneventful 1st half.
10 minutes into the 2nd half and the normally reliable Metehan made a weak and poor back pass to Ramazan which was pounced on by Gueye who took the ball around Ramazan and stroked it into an empty net.
15 minutes later Gencler found the equaliser after some excellent play by the full back Omurcan who was in support of the attack. The ball was played from the right wing to Omurcan to the right of centre in the box and he sent his shot across the goalkeeper and inside the left post.
Gencler almost found the winner near the end when Lima had his goal bound header well saved by the Kocaeli goalkeeper.
So, Gencler is still only 3 points above the relegation zone and they face another obstacle next Saturday when they travel to face Istanbulspor who are positioning themselves to challenge Umraniye and Ankaragucu for automatic promotion. Therefore, Gencler will need to be at their very best to bring at least one point back to Ankara.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim