Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Well, if they do pull it off, it will be a truly remarkable achievement after looking dead and buried a few weeks ago !!
There can be no denying their well deserved victory in Erzurum today, admittedly against a poor Erzurumspor team.
So, with only 2 matches remaining it is all down to who is going down with Denizlispor. Erzurum, Altinordu, Gencler, Altay and Tuzla are all in the mix with only 5 points separating 2nd bottom Erzurum and 6th bottom Tuzla.
Anyway, back to today, and .............
Erzurumspor 0 GENCLERBIRLIGI 1
Team – Nurullah, Yasin, Ugur, Alperen, Thomas, Bugra, Enes, Muhammed, Erkan, Mete Kaan and Souleymane
Substitutes – Abdullah, Akabueze, Jaime, Ilker and Bangoura
For some reason, unknown to me, the match was played in The Bursa Stadium, and on that subject, my Man of the Match award goes to the Groundsman who presented a perfect playing surface, but unfortunately the standard of football didn’t do it justice !!!
Both teams having sized each other up, it took until the 15th minute for a serious goal attempt when Mete Kaan shot just post the right post.
Then, almost on the half time whistle, Muhammed was brought down in the box with a clumsy and blatant push in the back. The referee pointed straight to the spot and did not consult VAR !! Bugra sent a ground shot to the left with the goalkeeper diving in the opposite direction
It was mostly all Gencler attacking in the 1st half with Mete Kaan in particular causing the Erzurum defence all sorts of problems with his trickery and speed, but nothing much to say about the final efforts in the final 3rd !
Erzurum was having difficulty stringing passes together and losing possession easily. They had only one shot on goal in the 1st half and it wasn’t on target !
The 2nd half was similar with Erzurum unable to fashion an equaliser, However, they did manage to put one shot on target in the 46th minute, but Nurullah made a great save when the ball seemed to be heading for the top right.
Erzurum’s cause wasn’t helped when Estrella had a rush of blood to the head. Firstly, in the 55th minute he was shown a yellow for dissent, and then 5 minutes later he received a 2nd yellow ....... and RED .......... when he blatantly pulled back an attacker near the half way line. Silly boy !!!
Gencler had no problem running the match down, but there was a slight scare near the end when Erzurum scored, but there was a hand-ball before the player shot and scored which was spotted by the referee and the VAR Assistant.
So, as I said, there are only 2 matches remaining and next up for Gencler in a home match against 3rd top of the league Sakaryaspor on Tuesday 16 May. It goes without saying that this has extra importance for both teams !!!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim