Sunday, October 29, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


With Gencler seemingly dead-and-buried at  2-0 down with only 15 minutes of the match remaining, they staged a remarkable recovery to ‘steal’ a point having been on the receiving end for most of the match.


Kocaeli will have learned a salutary lesson from this match when the players and the large home support had assumed that the match was done and dusted  !


It certainly keeps Gencler’s revival firmly on track having avoided a defeat since they lost to Bandirma last month.    They now sit in 4th position in the league and only 2 points below 2nd placed Goztepe and Kocaeli.


Back to last night, and apart from the Kocaeli goal to enliven proceedings, it was a scrappy 1st half.


Kocaeli            2                  GENCLERBIRLIGI                 2


Team – Orkun, M. Cagiran, Babacan, Nzaba, Yasin, Rodrigues, S. Yatabare, Erturk, Enes, M. Yatabare and Kayode


Substitutes – Kemaloglu, R. B. Cagiran, Cek, Karakullukcu and Akabueze


The goal arrived on the half hour mark from a corner on the left which was headed clear to the unmarked Candeias on the right just inside the box.      He first timed his shot inside the left post for what was just reward on the balance of play.


The standard of play in the 2nd half wasn’t much of an improvement until 15 minutes to go when Ankaragucu ‘old boy’ Berizde received a pass on the left from the halfway line.    He cut inside the box leaving a defender in his wake and sent a curling shot inside the right post.


That was it then    !       Game over  !!     Kocaeli appeared to have the match sewn-up, having dominated for the most part and restricting Gencler to only one shot on target.


Then, boom ......boom   !!!


2 goals in the last 5 minutes silenced the home support.


Firstly, a cross from the right to the back post was met by Kayode sending a looping header over the goalkeeper, positioned at the back post, and inside the top of the near post.


Only 1 minute later and the equaliser.   From a corner on the right R. B. Cagiran was first to the ball to send a bullet of a header in.


An amazing end to the match.     The looks on the faces of the Kocaeli players at the final whistle spoke volumes   !!!    Shell shocked springs to mind   !!


Next up for Gencler is a home match against mid-table Bolu next Saturday 4 November.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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