Thursday, December 22, 2022



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


As expected, Super League Kayserispor eliminated Gencler from the 5th Round of The Turkish Cup today, but they made heavy weather of it until late in the 2nd half when they finally made the breakthrough.


Kayseri dominated proceedings for the most part and spent most of the match in the Gencler half of the field with Gencler defending resolutely.


Gencler’s performance in the 2nd half improved, but in all honesty they never looked likely to cause a Cup  upset.     At least they continued to attempt to attack the Kayseri goal until the final whistle.


Kayserispor               2                      GENCLERBIRLIGI             0


Team – Adiyaman, Mert K, Gokhan, Abdullah, Ataberk, Huseyincan, Kagan, Baris, Aksel, Byelyayev and Altiparmak


Substitutes – Baran, Eralp, Seyit and Ulusoy Mert


The only action which brought a smile to my face in the 1st half was when the cameraman zoomed in on the Gencler away end to show the THREE supporters there   !!!


The first real action in the match was in the 20th minute when Adiyaman pulled off 3 great saves from goal bound attempts.     The first from a shot inside the 6 yard box and the 2nd a few minutes later from a header inside the 6 yard box.    The 3rd was a from a shot just inside the box.


Gencler’s only real chance in the 1st half was a free kick just outside the box by Gokhan with 5 minutes to go which was easily saved by the goalkeeper.


Mustafa should have opened the scoring for Kayseri in the 45th minute but headed over inside the 6 yard box when unopposed.


Into time added on, and Adiyaman again saved 2 goal bound efforts.    Firstly from a shot outside the box and then a header from the follow-up action.


Into the 2nd half and Kayseri continued to ‘park the bus’ in Gencler’s half of the field and weave patterns all over the pitch, but with nothing to show for it in the final 3rd.


However, that changed in the 70th minute when Gokhan, who had just come off the substitutes bench, made the breakthrough.    A fast move on the right and the cross came into the box.    Gokhan was first to it and powered a header inside the right post.


5 minutes later and the 2nd goal arrived after another fast break on the right.    The classic cut-back was made on the right into the centre for Mustafa to shoot high into the net.


Adiyaman saved further damage near the end when he parried a goal bound shot from outside the box and the ball was cleared from the danger area.


The Cup exit may well be a blessing in disguise for Gencler who can now concentrate their efforts on escaping from the relegation zone in The Championship League.     Their last match before the mini-Winter Break will be at home on Sunday against 7th placed Bandirma who are within reach of the play-off positions.       Yet another difficult match for Gencler to negotiate  !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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