Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The relegation dog-fight ended all square in an almost empty stadium in Malatya last night.
I was unable to watch the first half, but it seems like it was pretty even with only one shot on target by both teams.
The first goal came from a penalty to Malatya after the referee consulted VAR and the penalty was sent by Basdas to the top right in a perfectly executed penalty kick.
Malatya 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Adiyaman, Mert, Muhammed, Altiparmak, Gokhan, Musa, Metehan, Byelyayev, Hrechshykin, Baris and Serdarcan
Substitutes – Aksel, Ahmet and Zafer
Only 4 minutes into the 2nd half and Malatya extended their lead with some fancy footwork by Osman in the centre who waltzed his way past three attempted tackles and shot inside the right post.
At this point I thought that Gencler would capitulate, but I should not have doubted Gencler’s fighting spirit. They roared back with two well executed goals to turn the match on its head and put Malatya on the back foot.
10 minutes after the 2nd Malatya goal and from a corner on the right, the ball was sent to the centre of the box where it was back headed to Gokhan at the far post and he powered in a header to give the goalkeeper no chance.
10 minutes later and the equaliser arrived and it was clearly the goal of the match. Gencler was awarded a free kick on the left which came into the centre of the box but was not cleared. The ball was returned into the box and Altiparmak was ideally placed to send an exquisite overhead kick into the top right for a truly great goal.
Bastas of Malatya was shown a RED card after bringing down Ahmet on the edge of the box, but Ahmet scorned the chance to put Gencler ahead by sending his free kick high over the bar.
A great fight-back by Gencler after seemingly being down and out, but they are still stuck in 2nd bottom position in the league.
As I’ve said many times here, it doesn’t get any easier in this league and the next visitors to Ankara will be league leaders Eyupspor on the 13th of November.
However, prior to that crucial match, Gencler will host lower league Bayburt on the 9th of November in the 4th Round of the Turkish Cup.
As always, watch this space for the outcome of both matches.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim