Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler deservedly took all 3 points yesterday which was mainly down to their 1st half performance.
They always looked the likelier team and were well worth their half time lead.
The match was played at The Aktepe Stadium AGAIN due to The Eryaman Stadium still having the playing surface unprepared. However, the word is that it will be ready for the Ankaragucu v Fenerbahce match next Sunday ....... that’s an Insallah !!
Bodrum, on the other hand, was a pale shadow of last season’s team which almost won promotion to the Super League, but in all honesty they only had one real chance of an equaliser near the end of the match which was well saved by Cetin.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Bodrumspor 0
Team – Cetin, Nzaba, Babacan, Wu, Ugur Akdemir, Rodrigues, Enes, Yasin, Amilton, Moustapha Yatabare and Erturk
Substitutes – Kemaloglu, Akabueze, Oltan and Sambou Yatabare
The only goal of the match came on the half hour mark. With Gencler on the attack, a cross came in from the left into the box and was met with a weak header from a Gencler attacker straight onto the arm of a Bodrum defender. The referee pointed to the spot for a rather harsh penalty, but there is no escaping from the letter of the handball law and the referee had no other option.
Moustapha Yatabare stepped up and sent a powerful shot straight down the centre with the goalkeeper diving to his left.
Bodrum came more into the match in the 2nd half but both teams failed to create any more serious goal attempts until near the end when Bodrum almost conjured up the equaliser.
5 minutes before the final whistle and Bodrum was awarded a free kick on the left. The ball was sent into the box and headed clear by a Gencler defender, but only to an unmarked Bodrum attacker near the 18 yard line in the centre. He took aim and sent a goal bound shot to the top left, but Cetin made a spectacular diving save to tip the ball around the post for a corner.
So, Gencler remain undefeated and sit comfortably in 3rd top position in the league, and on this form Gencler can anticipate a season of challenging in the top 3rd of the league and put last season’s woes behind them !
From what I’ve seen so far, they are playing as a team and Moustapha Yatabare is making an impact up front as he leads the line and inspires the younger players around him.
Next up for Gencler is a away match to newly promoted Corum next Sunday 3 September.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim