Just a few names
missing from last season’s team and it seems as though Gencler has been stuck
in a time-warp !!
Lots of rumours
about financial problems which may account for no new faces, but the one bright
spot is that they managed to hold onto key player, Baris.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 3 Altinordu 3
Team – Adiyaman,
Muhammed, Gokhan, Metehan, Musa, Serdarcan, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Akel, Ahmet and
Altiparmak and Mert
It was an
amazing first match of the season last night with a classic match of 2
halves. The 1st half was a
roller coaster of action end to end.
It exploded into
life in the 6th minute when Gokhan accidentally had a handball
decision against him when the ball struck his upper arm when he had his back to
play. There were loud protests from
the Altinordu players and the referee consulted VAR. The law is quite clear on this and so a
penalty was awarded. Altinordu
Captain, Ahmet, stepped up and sent in a fierce shot to the upper right to open
5 minutes later
Gencler equalised when a fast break started on the right. The ball was sent forward to Baris who
carried it into the box and sent his angled shot across the goalkeeper and
inside the left post.
5 minutes later
and Altinordu was back in front after an exquisite piece of skill from
Ahmet. He was put through, noticed Adiyaman
off his line and sent an accurate lob over him for a classic striker’s goal.
12 minutes later
and the 2nd equaliser arrived and it was Baris who was the
architect. In a similar position to
his 1st goal, he sent in a fierce shot which the goalkeeper could
only parry and there was Ilker lurking to pick up the scraps and head in
10 minutes later
and a little piece of comedy which you don’t often see in a footie match. Just outside the Altinordu penalty box two
players challenged for the ball and appeared to have a head collision. The ball had been deflected into the box
where an Altinordu defender plucked the ball out of the air and into his hands,
obviously anticipating that the referee would stop play. However, the referee hadn’t blown his
whistle and he pointed to the spot for a penalty !!!
Gokhan stepped up to take the penalty and sent it straight at the
goalkeeper who had not problem gathering.
Justice was seen to be done !!!
3 minutes to the
half time whistle and what I think was a speculative cross from the left
touchline by Aksel went soaring over the goalkeeper and into the top right
corner of the goal to put Gencler ahead.
Of course, Aksel may claim to have meant to put it there, but ....... I
have my doubts !!!
2 minutes later
came the Altinordu equaliser when Safa went on a mazy run and from just outside
the box on the right sent a curved shot with the outside of his boot inside the
left post for goal of the match. Amazing
Time for the
players (and me) to catch their breath after a fast and furious 1st
half. Was there more to come ?
Errrrrrrmmmm ......... No !!!
the pace of the 2nd half was much slower and in all honesty, even
though the players sought the winner, it was a ‘damp squib’ after the
excitement of the 1st half.
So, as we know,
the season in The Championship is a long haul and Gencler will have more severe
tests in the months ahead.
Next up is a
visit to Bolu on Friday night. Bolu
had an impressive 1-0 win away in Manisa at the weekend, so this will be
another test for Gencler, especially their fragile defence.
As always, watch
this space for the outcome.
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim