is sinking deeper into the relegation zone after another home defeat last
10 matches into
the season and only ONE win speaks volumes for Gencler’s woes, and to be
honest, I can’t see a ray of sunshine on the horizon.
As we all know
from past experience, this is a league with some really good teams and the
competition is fierce with the reward of greater fortunes in the Super League
after promotion.. At the other end of
the scale, relegation to the 2nd League is like a ‘kick in the nuts’
and a shock for the Club finances.
Bursa is a classic example of the stigma attached to playing in the 2nd
As for last
night, the result was a fair reflection on the balance of play.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Manisa 3
Team – Adiyaman,
Zafer, Metehan, Gokhan, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Aksel, Byelyayev, Ahmet and
Mert, Ilker and Seyit
started in attacking mode and it was Gencler who threatened first in the 18th
minute when a Manisa defender lost the ball to Serdercan who was then one on one
with the goalkeeper, but he made a great save to block the shot.
One minute later
and Manisa took the lead with a well constructed goal. A cross came in from the left to Adem in
the centre. He swivelled and sent a
deft pass to Burak who stroked the ball in.
There was a VAR call for the build up to the goal, but it was correctly
4 minutes later
and Gencler was level. A cross was
sent over from the right towards Ahmet in the centre and he sent his angled
header over a defender and the goalkeeper and into the top left.
defence was their undoing on the half hour mark when a cross coming in from the
left was not dealt with. Adem picked
up the pieces and sent his shot from the centre of the box to the top right
with Adiyaman too far off his line to attempt a save.
Into the 2nd
half and it seemed that the match was drifting to an anti-climax when another
comedy of errors in the Gencler defence gifted Manisa the cushion of a 3rd
goal. A pass was made from the centre
of the box to just inside the box on the left. Adiyaman made the decision to come out and
intercept but was beaten to the ball by an attacker who crossed for another
attacker to shoot. His shot was
blocked on the goal line and the rebound went to Nizametin in the centre who
fired in off the despairing legs of a defender
looked the more dangerous of the two teams, especially going forward. They always looked like they were going to
score. Gencler on the other hand,
although they played some good football, always lacked the firepower in the
It is going to
be a long and difficult season for Gencler on this performance and it won’t get
any easier on Saturday when they travel to 3rd bottom Malatya in the
relegation dog-fight. Gencler’s
fighting qualities will surely be put to the test.
As always, watch
this space for the outcome.
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim