Saturday, April 16, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler was a big disappointment yesterday after an impressive win last week in the ‘mini Ankara Derby’.


They were blown away by a 1st half blitz by a slick Tuzla team who punished Gencler’s defensive frailties with 4 well taken goals.


As is sometimes the case in a high scoring 1st half match, the 2nd half was ‘a damp squib’, and despite a more determined display by Gencler, they couldn’t find the goal to stage an unlikely fight-back.


Consequently, Gencler slip back into the danger area and are only 3 points above the relegation zone.


Tuzla                 4                         GENCLERBIRLIGI        0


Team – Ramazan, Gokhan, Metehan, Arda, Berisbek, Aksel, Hrechyshkin, Muhammed, Sallallich, Baris and Lima


Substitutes – Omurcan, Tshibola, Musa, Eleke and Serdarcan


Tuzla was straight into attacking mode from the kick-off and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 17th minute.   A through ball was played to the speedy and quick thinking   Ahmet just outside the box and he lobbed the ball over Ramazan who had strayed too far out of his goal area.


3 minutes later and it was 2 after some poor defending by Gencler, especially from Gokhan who gifted the ball to Ezeh in his attempted clearance.   Ezeh shot and the ball went in off the inside of the opposite post.


15 minutes later, Tuzla scored again, but it was ruled offside.    From the replay, I have to say it was a borderline decision, but without VAR it was difficult to assess with conviction.


Approaching half time and Gencler’s only serious attempt on goal was a long range shot by Baris which hit the post and was cleared.


The Gencler defence again shot themselves in the foot 4 minutes before half time when they were all at sea to allow Ezeh to cut the ball back from the goal line for Lamine to slot-in for possibly the easiest goal he will ever score  !


Tuzla was not content to run the clock down to the half time whistle, and their continued attacking play bore fruit in time added on when the Gencler defence backed off Ezeh as he drove into the box.    Ezeh was allowed to shoot and he made no mistake with Ramazan well beaten.


The 2nd half   ???      No comment   !!!


Gencler will be in action again on Tuesday 19th April when they travel to Bursa.


Balikesir look doomed to be relegated, but 2nd bottom Bursa can still avoid the drop with only 4 points separating them from safety.    So, it will be a real test of both teams resolve on Tuesday.


Another difficult match looms for Gencler next Saturday when they host 3rd top Bandirma who are only 2 points behind Umraniye and 5 points behind Ankaragucu.   


As I’ve said many times here ............... it doesn’t get any easier in this league  !!


As always, watch this space for the outcome of both matches.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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