Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
7 matches into the season and Gencler is making hard work of challenging for promotion. With only one win, they are entrenched in the relegation zone along with other famous names, ie, Denizli, Malatya and Erzurum.
To be honest, I didn’t see any encouraging signs last night of a revival in Gencler’s fortunes, and I foresee a real struggle ahead if they are intent of moving into mid-table security. In fact, the dismal statistic last night was that Gencler had zero shots on target in the entire match !!
After watching Ankaragucu secure their 2nd win of the season in the early kick-off yesterday, the Gencler match was a damp squib.
One item of interest spotted by Battle Damaged Kanka Damon was that previous Ankaragucu player Ali Kaan Guneren started for Samsunspor. To be honest, I didn’t know that he had been transferred and am surprised and disappointed with that decision. I still anticipate a bright future for him !
Samsunspor 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 0
Team – Adiyaman, Seyit, Mert, Gokhan, Metehan, Hrechyshkin, Ahmet, Serdarcan, Aksel, Baris and Ilker
Substitutes – Altiparmak, Zafer, Byelyayev and Muhammed
The match sparked into life in the 16th minute when a defensive blunder allowed Douglas to latch onto a loose ball. He drove forward into the box and gave Adiyaman no chance with his bulleted shot to put the writing on the wall.
Last season, Gencler might have heeded the wake-up call, but there was little or no response yesterday.
On the half hour mark, Samsun scored again from a fast break, but it was correctly ruled offside.
The 2nd half was only 5 minutes old when Samsun put the match to bed. A corner on the left was sent over into the box straight to the feet of Ozturk who side-footed the ball inside the left post with the entire Gencler defence static !!
Game over, and Gencler was fortunate not to concede further !
Next up is the ‘mini Ankara Derby’ when Gencler take on the surprise team of the season so far, Keciorengucu, who are flying high in 2nd top position in the league.
The match will be played next Saturday 15th October. However, I will be in Scotland for 2 weeks and therefore unable to report in detail. I will attempt to play catch-up when I can, so keep watching this space.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim