Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler may live to regret not taking all the chances which were presented to them last night by a poor Kecioren team who look out of their depth in this league !
Gencler had the opportunity to kill the match off just before the final whistle but they sent a penalty kick over the bar which allowed Kecioren to share the points, which in all honesty, they never deserved on the balance of play.
GENCLERBIRLIGI 1 Keciorengucu 1
Team – Orkun, Ugur, M. Cagiran, Nzaba, Yasin, Kemaloglu, Cek, Enes, Akabueze, Kayode and M. Yatabare
Substitutes – Wu, Ozturk, Erturk, Rodrigues and Karakullukcu
On the whole, it was a scrappy match and looked like heading for a 0-0 ‘yawn’ until Kayode woke me from my half slumber in the last 10 minutes of the match !!
The 1st half was a great big bore with, especially Kecioren, playing ..........let’s pass the ball back from the halfway line to the goalkeeper !! Also, twice in the 1st half Kecioren defenders made sloppy back passes to their goalkeeper which were not punished by Gencler. However, in the 2nd half their 3rd horrendous back pass was punished !!
Akabueze almost opened the scoring at the beginning of the 2nd half with a goal bound shot which was well saved by the Kecioren goalkeeper. Then ...........the match resumed its tedious drift until 10 minutes before the final whistle when it suddenly exploded into life ........and about time too !!!
A Kecioren defender sent a ‘lazy’ back pass to his goalkeeper which was pounced on by Kayode who took the ball almost to the left goal line and then clipped a very acute angled shot past the goalkeeper and inside the far post for a classic predatory goal !!
That was it, but no, there was still time for a salvage operation by Kecioren. 2 minutes to go and a Gencler defender needlessly clipped Ankaragucu ‘old boy’ Ariyibi’s ankle in the box when there was no apparent immediate danger. Jurgen sent his shot down the centre with Orkun diving to his right.
That was it, but no, there was still time for Gencler to take all 3 points 4 minutes into time added on when they were awarded a penalty. The offence occurred on the referee’s blind-side when Kayode was floored inside the box with a defender’s knee into his back. The referee consulted VAR and a great chance for Gencler to put the match to bed.
Musa Cagiran took responsibility and sent his penalty kick a few inches over the bar to waste a golden opportunity !!
As I said, this was a match which Gencler should have won, but on a positive note, they have now gone 7 league matches unbeaten and are still in the play-off zone and only 6 points behind 2nd top Kocaelispor.
Next up is a visit to mid-table Erzurumspor next Sunday 3 December,
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim