Saturday, April 29, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler dug deep last night to win 3 valuable points and put a dent in Bodrum’s promotion hopes.    However, Gencler still have some work to do before they can breathe freely.    They are still in the relegation mix with probably 4 other teams and only 3 matches left to escape the dreaded drop.


They were perhaps fortunate last night to play an ‘out of sorts’ Bodrum team who looked far from a team challenging for a play-off spot to join the Super League.    Bodrum was slow and ponderous and devoid of ideas in the final 3rd until they finally woke-up towards the end of the match, but they couldn’t find the equaliser


Anyway, Gencler was well worthy of their 3 points, especially having to play the last half hour of the match with only 10 men   !!


GENCLERBIRLIGI             2                      Bodrumspor            1


Team – Philipp, Ugur, Alperen, Thomas, Yasin, Enes, Mete Kaan, Sekou, Bugra, Muhammed and Souleymane


Substitutes – Atalay, Erkan, Abdullah, Ilker and Akabueze


The 1st half was a bit of a bore with the only real danger arriving in the 7th minute when Enes sent in a goal bound shot from outside the box on the left.    The ball was heading for the top left, but the goalkeeper made a spectacular save to palm the ball away for a corner.


Bodrum was making pretty patterns with their football but the final pass was wayward and intercepted for the most part.


Gencler was tackling and chasing every ball and hustling Bodrum to lose possession.


The half time whistle was welcomed, but the 2nd half was a different story   !


Only 5 minutes had elapsed when the impressive Mete Kaan orchestrated the move down the right wing .      He drove into the box and his fierce shot was parried by the goalkeeper, but Muhammed was first to react to the rebound and slotted the ball in for the opening goal.


8 minutes later and Bodrum found the equaliser when Alperen handled the ball while in the process of making a tackle in the box.    The referee consulted VAR and gave a penalty which was despatched by Hakan inside the left post with Philipp diving the opposite way.


Then 3 minutes later Philipp had a rush of blood to the head when he ran out of his area to clear a ball from a fast Bodrum breakaway, but used his hand in the process.    A straight RED card was shown and Atalay came on with Sekou being hooked.


Gencler found the winning goal on the 66th minute mark and it was Mete Kaan again who was the provider.     He made a fantastic run from inside his own half all the way down the right wing avoiding 3 attempted tackles in the process, and passed inside the box to Souleymane who gave the goalkeeper no chance with his well directed shot.


Bodrum made a last ditch effort in the last 10 minutes to find another equaliser, but to be honest they never looked like scoring in open play with the Gencler defence looking solid.


One last piece of action in time added on was the RED card to Erdem of Bodrum for his gung-ho tackling which earned him two yellow cards.


Next up for Gencler is an away match to one of the possible relegation candidates, Erzurum, next Sunday 7 May, and it goes without saying that this will be one of those MUST WIN matches for both teams.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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