Monday, March 11, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler finally recorded their first win in 8 attempts yesterday, and after such a vital victory are back in the race to join the play-off hopefuls.     Still a long way to go, but it’s a step in the right direction.


Altay            0                     GENCLERBIRLIGI             4


Team – Ertugrul, Oguzhan, Arda, Babacan, Nzaba, Amilton, Ensar, R. B. Cagiran, James Siliki, Bostan and Gaetan


Substitutes – Halit, Jimmy Durmaz, Baran, M. Cagiran and Akabueze



The first real action of the match occurred in the 20th minute when Gencler opened the scoring.   A slack tackle by an Altay player allowed Bostan to collect the ball and with a deft back-heel overhead flick he deceived a defender, drove into the box and sent a well placed shot inside the left post.


10 minutes later and it was almost two when a James corner was only parried by the goalkeeper, but cleared by a defender.


Altay only managed one shot which was a long range effort which hit the post and cleared.


Almost on the half time whistle and Bostan was needlessly brought down almost on the goal line to the left of the post.      Penalty, said the referee, and despite pleas from the Altay players, he refused to check VAR.      Ensar sent his well taken penalty inside the left post.


All credit to Gencler to restrict Altay to only one serious attempt on goal and Gencler good value for taking their chances.


I was unable to watch the 2nd half, but 2 goals by R. B. Cagiran shortly after the 2nd half resumed was enough to claim 3 valuable points.


So, as I said, Gencler is now back in contention for a play-off place, and if they can reproduce the form they displayed yesterday, will have to be taken seriously.


Next up for Gencler is a home match against 3rd top Kocaelispor next Friday night.    Kocaeli is in the chase to catch Goztepe in 2nd place, so a close encounter is anticipated.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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