Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler took a giant step forward last night in their fight to avoid relegation, and it is looking likely that they will succeed.
With only one match left before the end of the season it is still mathematically possible to fail, but highly unlikely, eg,
Gencler – 37 points – last match away to Bandirma
Erzurum – 36 points – last match home to Bolu
Altinordu – 34 points – last match away to Rize, who require a win to secure 2nd top spot.
It all points to Altinordu joining Denizli for the drop with Altinordu’s goal difference 7 worse off than Gencler.
Gencler has made significant strides recently after a poor start to the season and once again their renowned fighting spirit prevailed.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 2 Sakaryaspor 1
Team – Nurullah, Ugur, Alperen, Thomas, Yasin, Bugra, Enes, Mete Kaan, Sekou, Muhammed and Souleymane
Substitutes - Abdullah, Erkan, Ivan, Ilker and Akabueze
The first shot on target by both teams arrived in the 22nd minute and it produced a goal. A long ball pass out of the Sakarya defence was played to Kabongo who beat 2 defenders to the ball and from just inside the box on the left sent an angled shot inside the right post to put Sakarya in the driving seat.
On the half hour mark Bugra had two chances in succession to equalise, but the first was saved and the second skied over the bar.
Then, with the clock on 45 minutes, Nurullah made an outstanding save, but in the goalmouth melee Isaac was alleged to have elbowed Yasin in the face when he was trying to clear a loose ball. The referee immediately produced the yellow card, but was directed to the VAR and then produced the RED card.
This proved to be the turning point in the match with Sakarya seemingly in control, but ..........
2 minutes into time added on in the 1st half and Ugur hit the bar from a shot just inside the box and then Sekou missed a sitter after the Sakarya goalkeeper had parried a shot.
So, Gencler went in at half time behind, but looking as though they were up for the fight, and so it proved only 5 minutes into the 2nd half.
A cross from the right into a crowded box was attacked first by Yasin who poked the ball in over the goalkeeper’s head for the equaliser.
7 minutes later and Gencler were in front with the goal of the match. A fast attack on the left, the ball crossed to the right and played into the centre for Bugra to shoot on the half volley inside the left post. A goal worthy of winning any match !!
It was all Gencler at this stage and they almost added a third but a goal bound shot by Enes was well saved, and near the end Erkan fought his way into the box but his shot was also well saved.
Gencler’s last match against Bandirma will take place next Sunday 21 May.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
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