Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler is well aware by now that there is no room for complacency in The Championship League, with Denizli no exception.
Denizli dominated the 1st half for the most part and was unlucky to go in at half time only one goal ahead.
However, encouraged by their equaliser early in the 2nd half it was a different story when Gencler started to take control of the match and put Denizli under pressure.
Perhaps on reflection, it was a fair result in a fast and entertaining match !
Denizlispor 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Adiyaman, Abdullah, Gokhan, Mert, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Serdarcan, Ahmet, Baris and Ilker
Substitutes – Byelyayev, Altiparmak and Seyit
The match was only 5 minutes old when Denizli took the lead. A fast break on the right and the cross to the centre just inside the box and Omer first timed the ball inside the left post.
5 minutes later and a controversial decision by the referee. Baris was adjudged to have been impeded by Mustafa inside the box, and after protests by the Gencler players, he consulted VAR and gave the penalty. I have to say that I wouldn’t have given it because Mustafa’s eyes were on the ball when he and Baris collided. Obviously the referee decided otherwise !!! Anyway, Ilker stepped up and sent the ball inside the right post with the goalkeeper diving in the opposite direction.
10 minutes later and Denizli was back in front and the goal proved that persistence pays off !! A corner on the left was sent into the box and cleared to the right where it was sent back into the box and cleared again to the left. Back it went into the box and the shot was saved by Adiyaman, but only parried to the unmarked Oguz who fired the ball in with Adiyaman unable to save a 2nd time !
On the half hour mark it was almost 3 for Denizli but 2 shots in succession hit opposite posts and the ball was cleared.
The equaliser came 10 minutes into the 2nd half when Gencler was awarded a free kick in the centre just outside the box. The attempt was barged down by the wall and the rebound stroked inside the right post by Gokhan.
Gencler took encouragement from this goal and pressed forward in search of the winner, but despite 2 great chances near the end which were expertly saved by the goalkeeper, they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Gencler’s renowned fighting spirit is never in doubt and this will stand them in good stead for the difficult fixtures ahead.
However, Gencler is still in the bottom half of the league and still only 3 points above the relegation zone.
There is no league football next weekend, so Gencler’s next match is away to fellow strugglers Samsun on Saturday 8th of October.
Similar to the Denizli fixture, not an easy stadium in which to pick-up points.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim