Wednesday, December 20, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


After some recent disappointing performances and results, Gencler returned to the play-off zone last night with a fortunate late winner and all 3 points.


It wasn’t a pretty match to watch and I thought it was heading for another 0-0 draw until Gencler broke the deadlock almost on the final whistle.


Giresun is looking doomed even at this stage of the season.     Stuck in 2nd bottom position in the league, they had zero shots on target last night against an average Gencler team.


Giresun             0                     GENCLERBIRLIGI                1


Team – Orkun, Erturk, Yasin, M. Cagiran, Nzaba, Ugur, R. B. Cagiran, Akabueze, Rodrigues, Amilton and M. Yatabare


Substitutes – Oltan, Kemaloglu, Ozturk, Enes and Yigit


Gencler almost had a dream start when they were awarded a penalty inside the first 2 minutes.   A Gencler attacker was heading towards the goal line with the ball going out of play and a follow-through tackle brought him down.     A harsh decision in my opinion   !


Anyway, R. B. Cagiran stepped up and sent in a fierce shot which hit the bar, rebounded into play and was cleared.


Not much else of interest in the 1st half with play going from end to end and both goalkeepers untroubled.


It was mostly all Gencler in the 2nd half as they searched for the opening goal which their play deserved.


Amilton almost scored 5 minutes in when he waltzed into the Giresun box, avoiding 4 attempted tackles but his shot was deflected for a corner.


10 minutes later Amilton was brought down just outside the box on the left as he was about to shoot.    The goal bound free kick was well saved by the goalkeeper and from the subsequent corner, he made another crucial save.


10 minutes to go and Oltan’s goal bound shot was well saved.


Then with 2 minutes to go till the final whistle, Amilton received his reward for an industrious performance when he finally broke the deadlock.


It arose out of pathetic defending when the Giresun defenders were dithering to clear the ball from the box.    Quick as a flash, Amilton picked up the loose ball, and surrounded by 3 defenders, shot inside the right post.     


Next up for Gencler is a home match against 3rd bottom of the league Tuzla.    A golden opportunity for Gencler to stake a claim for 2nd top spot and put the frighteners up Kocaeli in the automatic promotion position.  


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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