Sunday, January 28, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


There were only 3 phases of the match today worth mentioning, ie ........


1.      There was an exciting opening in the first 10 minutes, then it was all downhill from there to the halftime whistle with high balls pumped up end-to-end and playing ‘let’s pass the ball back to the goalkeepers   !


2.      Similar to the 1st half at the beginning of the 2nd half.


3.        Until ...........into time added on at the end of the match when Bodrum pulled the trigger as the match was heading for a stalemate  !


Bodrumspor              1                     GENCLERBIRLIGI              0


Team – Orkun, Yasin, Oguzhan, Babacan, Nzaba, Muhammed, Aosman, Kemaloglu, Akabueze, M. Yatabare and Amilton


Substitutes – ‘Olde Gencler Boy’ Jimmy Durmaz, Yigit and R. B. Cagiran


4 minutes into the match and there was a let-off for Bodrum when their Goalkeeper’s attempted clearance rebounded to Yatabare, but his shot into an open goal hit the post and was cleared to safety.


4 minutes later Bodrum scored but VAR correctly ruled the goal out for offside.


3 minutes into the 2nd half and Amilton was put through after a defensive blunder, but just as he was about to shoot, a saving tackle came in from another defender and the danger cleared.


10 minutes later and Furkan scored for Bodrum, but again VAR intervened to show a foul in the build up to the goal.


So, as I said, with the match heading for a no score draw deep into time added on, Bodrum produced the sucker punch.     From a throw in on the left, the ball was passed to Osman who set off like a whippet leaving defenders in his wake.     He drove into the box and sent his shot around Orkun and inside the right post   !


This result leaves Gencler in mid-table but still within reach of the play-off zone.


I will be unable to report on matches for a few weeks due to being out of the Country.   However, I will give a summary of the following matches on my return  -


4 February – Gencler v Corum – League


8 February – Gencler v Trabzonspor – Turkish Cup


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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