Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
An impressive fight-back in the 2nd half today for Gencler, who played the entire 2nd half with only 10 men, to deservedly share the spoils.
On this performance, it is difficult to believe that Keciorengucu is challenging for promotion to The Super League. They may have had the lion’s share of possession today, but in the entire match they only managed one shot on target and the gift of an own-goal from Gencler. Nurullah probably had his quietest match of the season !!
Gencler showed their old fighting spirit and probably felt aggrieved when they went behind in the 2nd half, but the equaliser near the end was worthy of gaining a valuable point. It is not often that we can witness a goal scored direct from a corner kick without anyone touching the ball !!
Keciorengucu 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 2
Team – Nurullah, Yasin, Thomas, Alperen, Ugur, Abdullah, Khadfi, Mete Kaan, Bugra, Ivan and Jaime
Substitutes – Erkan, Ilker, Gabriel, Hayrullah and Ozkan
The match woke up from its ‘dreamy’ start in the 24th minute when a Gencler breakaway started around the centre circle. However, a Kecioren defender reached the ball first, but his back pass intended for the goalkeeper was mis-hit and pounced upon by Mete Kaan who drove forward to score easily with the goalkeeper totally exposed.
Then in the 35 minute Ugur saw RED for an unnecessary tackle from behind on a Kecioren player’s ankle. The referee brandished a yellow card, but before the free kick could be taken, he was directed to the VAR screen. He returned and changed the card to Red which on reflection was the correct decision for a wild and dangerous tackle, especially from behind.
One minute into time added on in the 1st half and Kecioren was back in the match. A great pass by Dembele in the centre to the left, and when the cross came into the box, it was deflected by Ivan at the near post to the top of the far post. Kecioren’s first serious attempt on goal in the 1st half !!
The 2nd half was only 10 minutes old when Kecioren took the lead and an excellent goal it was too. Anderson flew down the right wing and crossed into the box to the far post where the ball was nodded down to the unmarked Dembele who sent a screamer inside the right post.
That looked like game-over, but Gencler wasn’t quite finished. 10 minutes to go and they had a corner on the left. Bugra sent in a curved cross which eluded everyone, and the ball sailed into the top right with the goalkeeper stranded on his line in the centre and a defender unable to reach the ball.
Gencler is still stuck in the relegation zone, but there are 6 teams within 11 points of each other in the bottom half with still all to play for.
Next up for Gencler is an away match against mid-table Manisa on Sunday 2nd April. Manisa is still within touching distance of the play-off positions, so Gencler will need to be at the top of their game for this one.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim