Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler started the match as obvious favourites against newly promoted Pendik and deservedly went in ahead at half time.
Pendik was not for lying down, and although they played the ball around in the 1st half, they came unstuck in the final 3rd.
However, it was a different scenario in the 2nd half as Pendik grew in confidence !
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Pendikspor 2
Team – Adiyaman, Muhammed, Metehan, Mert, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Baris, Serdarcan, Ahmet and Ilker
Substitutes – Sahindere, Altiparmak and Kagan
The first real action of the match in the 10th minute saw Muhammed stretchered off with what looked like a broken bone in the leg. Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looked.
Gencler was dictating the pace of the match and 10 minutes later they opened the scoring with a fast attack on the right. A cut-back was made to the far post and the unmarked Ahmet stroked the ball inside the left post for a well constructed goal.
Gencler was well worth their half time lead, but Pendik refused to be ‘lambs to the slaughter’, and although they continued to attack, they were having difficulty penetrating in the final 3rd.
Pendik came out a different team in the 2nd half and almost snatched the equaliser 8 minutes in when a goal bound shot was turned round the post by Adiyaman for a corner.
From the resulting corner, the referee pointed to the spot when he noticed a Pendik player sent sprawling to the turf in a blatant push. Adrien stepped up and sent in a fierce shot to the left which Adiyaman almost managed to save.
4 minutes later and Pendik snatched the lead with the goal of the match. A break down the left and impressive persistence shown by the Pendik attacker to beat a tackle on the goal line and cross to the far post where Leandro was able to rise above the defenders and power a header in.
Gencler searched for the equaliser, but Pendik’s tails were up and they held out easily for a famous win.
What next for Gencler ? They will lick their wounds and prepare for a visit to Izmir on Friday to take on relegated Goztepe from last season.
Goztepe and Gencler are presently in mid-table, so another battle is anticipated with the winner moving into the top 4 positions.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim