Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler opened the new season with 3 valuable points yesterday against a highly rated team . Lots of new faces in the team, so it will probably take them a few weeks to gel with the old brigade who remained,
Gencler only had 33% possession, but the difference between the two teams was that Gencler took their two chances and scored two excellent goals.
Gencler has a new coach, Sinan Kaloglu, who was previously with Altay.
The match was played at the Aktepe Stadium, the home of Keciorengucu, which is a sensible decision with the small Gencler support always dwarfed in the 25,000 capacity Eryaman Stadium. Even the Aktepe Stadium which has only 3 small stands, had only 2 in use yesterday !!
GENCLERBIRLIGI 2 Umraniye 1
Team – Cetin, Ugur Akdemir, Babacan, Wu, Yasin, Akabueze, Erturk, Rodrigues, Cagiran, Nzaba and Yatabare
Substitutes – Ozturk, Kemaloglu and Karakullukcu
It only took Gencler 19 minutes to open the scoring when Ankaragucu ‘old boy’, Yasin, headed in unchallenged in the 6 yard box from a free kick on the left.
10 minutes before half time and Gencler added a 2nd when from a fast break on the left, the ball was crossed to the unmarked Ugur at the far post who volleyed the ball first time inside the left post.
5 minutes later Umraniye staged what I thought was going to be a fight back, when Hasan sent a shot in from the right of the 18 yard line through the defence and inside the right post.
However, the Umraniye fight back didn’t materialise in the 2nd half and nor did Gencler manage any clear cut goal scoring chances.
In all honesty, it was an effort to stay awake throughout the 2nd half which was one big .......yawn !!!
Anyway, the bottom line is that Gencler won 3 valuable points to kick-start their season.
Next up for Gencler is a visit to Sakarya next Sunday 20 August which will also be another challenging match, and if Gencler can return to Ankara with at least one point, it will be regarded as a success.
Sakarya is one of those teams which has a strong following and a team I regard as one of the sleeping giants in the lower divisions.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim