Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler can consider themselves fortunate to escape unscathed from a potential Cup Shock today when they were only minutes away from being eliminated in time added on in the 2nd half !!
With 5 matches in the 3rd Round of The Turkish Cup kicking off around the same time this afternoon, thr Gencler match was not selected by the TV Channel. Therefore, I only have sketchy details !
Unsurprisingly, Gencler started with most of their ‘2nd String’ players against an amateur team from The Antalya Regional League.
GENGLERBIRLIGI 3 Burdur MAKU Spor 3 (After 90 minutes)
GENCLERBIRLIGI 4 Burdur MAKU Spor 3 (After extra time)
Team – Ensar, Atalay, Erdal, Melih Bostan, Ozgur Cek, Ugur, Chukwuma, Wu, Yigit, Oltan and Eralp
Substitutes – Firat
It was obviously all going to plan in the 1st half when Gencler went in at half time 2-0 up.
Melih Bostan opened the scoring after only 4 minutes and Ozgur Cek added the 2nd 20 minutes later.
However, Burdur was obviously not just in Ankara to make up the numbers when they pulled a goal back 4 minutes into the 2nd half through Demirok.
I can just imagine the panic stations on the touch line with the Gencler Coaching staff going mental when Mercan scored the equaliser for Burdur with 15 minutes to go !!!
More drama was to follow when Gencler's Yigit Demir scored an own goal 3 minutes into time added on at the end.
Even more drama when Gencler’s Oltan Karakullukcu snatched an equaliser 5 minutes later just before the full time whistle !!
Gencler finally broke Burdur down when Oltan scored again in the 2nd period of Extra Time.
Burdur can no doubt be proud of their performance today in almost taking the scalp of a professional team. Well done to them !!
Gencler go into the hat for the draw for the 4th Round rather fortuitously !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim