stole all 3 points in Manisa yesterday, but of course, almost means
............. not quite !! They were the more purposeful team in the
1st half and were well worth their half time lead.
Manisa, on the
other hand, seemed out of sorts and didn’t look like a team challenging for the
play-off positions. Manisa had several
chances in the 1st half, but their finishing was woeful and they
couldn’t muster any shots on target.
Manisa 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Nurullah,
Yasin, Thomas, Alperen, Muhammed, Abdullah, Khadfi, Bugra, Enes, Kaan and
Erkan, Tiago, Ilker, Jaime and Sekou
There was only
one moment worthy of mention in the 1st half on the half hour mark
when Gencler opened the scoring with a well crafted goal. Yasin took a quick throw-in on the left to
set-up an attack down the left wing.
The ball was passed into the box to Souleymane who cut the ball back for
Muhammed to score with the goalkeeper having no chance.
dressing room at half time must have been red-hot with the Coach breathing
fire, and it obviously worked as the Manisa players came out showing more
fighting spirit and resolve.
It only took one
minute into the 2nd half for the equaliser to come and it arose from
a Gencler loose pass which was pounced upon by an attacker who drove
forward, cut the ball back for Ballou to
stroke in via Nurullah’s body, and even the 2 defenders on the goal line
couldn’t prevent the ball crossing the line.
the 2nd half and the Manisa goalkeeper made an outstanding save to
prevent Gencler taking the lead again.
Yasin sent in a perfect cross for Souleymane to bullet in a goal bound
header, but the goalkeeper was equal to it and tipped the ball over the bar for
Then 10 minutes
from the final whistle, and undoubtedly the goal of the match, and possibly the
weekend ! Yasin committed a foul on the goal line just
outside the box on the right. Kaan
stepped up and he curled his shot with his left boot directly into the top
right with Nurullah well beaten. A
piece of pure skill by Kaan !!
Gencler is now
staring relegation in the face and will need to do something dramatic to climb
out of the relegation zone before the run-in begins.
Their next match
is away to 3rd top of the league, Eyupspor, on Wednesday 12 April,
and with Eyup in a fight alongside Rize, Sakarya and Pendik for the 2nd
spot in the league, they will not receive any favours from a fired-up Eyup
As always, watch
this space for the outcome.
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim