Monday, November 14, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


The season has not yet reached the halfway stage, but Gencler seem to be cast adrift at the bottom of the league with only one win in 12 matches to show for their endeavours so far.


Gencler has staged late recoveries in the past and that’s what they must do this season ........ and soon   !     The consequences of relegation to the 2nd league is not worthy of consideration, eg, no TV money, no foreign players allowed and a vicious scrap to bounce back to The Championship League at the first time of asking   !!


It looked likely at one point in the 2nd half last night that Gencler might hold out and salvage a point, but a silly hand-ball by Muhammed and the subsequent penalty put paid to that   !!


GENCLERBIRLIGI             0                           Eyupspor               2


Team – Adiyaman, Metehan, Gokhan, Mert, Muhammed, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Byelyayev, Serdarcan, Abdullah and Altiparmak


Substitutes – Ahmet and Aksel


The 1st half was a ..............yawn ..............yawn .............. bore.      One shot by both teams with both off target was the only action of note.    Also, I have to say that Eyup didn’t look like a team sitting on top of the league.     Thankfully there was a little more action in the 2nd half, with most of it coming from Eyup.


Serdarcan and Babel should both have done better with their shots when in ideal positions.    Serdarcan sent his shot over the bar and Babel sent his shot past the post.


A mistake by an Eyup defender almost gifted Gencler the opening goal 10 minutes into the 2nd half.     The ball was played to Altiparmak but he blasted the ball high and wide when in a good scoring position.


It was Gencler’s turn to screw up in defence 5 minutes later.   Dibba latched onto the ball and his shot went from left to right past the post.


5 minutes later and that unnecessary hand-ball by Abdullah which gifted Eyup a penalty.    A harmless looking cross came in from the right and Abdullah sent it out of play with his hand.    A VAR check was made, but it clearly was a hand-ball and the penalty was quite rightly given.


Babel stepped up and sent his fierce shot to the top left with Adiyaman diving the wrong way.


Eyup ‘smelled blood’ and went on full-on attack.   5 minutes later it was Adiyaman to the rescue when he saved a goal bound free kick.


It was no surprise when the 2nd goal came 5 minutes before the final whistle.    A fast break and the ball was sent to Dibba who had found space on the left.     He surged forward and just inside the box curled an exquisite shot around Adiyaman inside the right post.


There will be no World Cup Break for Gencler to ‘catch their breath’   !         They must travel to Izmir on Monday 21st November to play mid-table Altay.     Another mountain for Gencler to climb and they need to start picking up points now before the half way stage in the league   !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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