fight-back in the 2nd half today for Gencler, who played the entire 2nd half with only 10 men, to
deservedly share the spoils.
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 !!
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
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 !!
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