Sunday, April 19, 2015

ANKARAGUCU FIRE BLANKS AGAIN !

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

With Levent and Teoman banished to the bench, it was left to the 2 Hasans (both midfielders) to do the biz today.

Alas, they failed, and can you hear Eski shouting for Teoman's return ?     Errrrrmmm ....... no, not yet !!!

Kirklarelispor   1        ANKARAGUCU   0

Ankaragucu is leaving it late in the season to be sure of safety from relegation !

Altay on 27 points are doomed, but Ankaragucu in mid-table only have 38 points and with 2nd bottom Tepecik on 32 points, can't take anything for granted with only 2 matches remaining.

Next Saturday (25th) is Ankaragucu's last home match (KO 2.30pm) against Nazilli who are still in the Play-Off mix, so it won't be easy.

The last match is away to Kizilcahamam who are on 34 points and this has all the hallmarks of a classic SIX Pointer !    Surey Ankaragucu can win at least one of those last two matches ........ can't they ??!!

Well, as we all know, anything is possible in footie.    After all, didn't Falkirk beat Hibs yesterday, and ........... Inverness beat Celtic today ??!!

Watch this space as the season draws to a close.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, April 13, 2015

ANKARAGUCU PLAY OUT A STALEMATE AND ALMOST BORE US TO TEARS !


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Maniac Kanka and I entered the Stadium 20 minutes before KO to an eerie atmosphere with Gecikondu and Maraton only half full, Kapali almost empty, and what was surprising .......... no singing !

It was the ‘away end’ who gave the ‘wake-up’ call !    There was about 100 of them and when they unfurled a banner which read (Ankaragucu will be born again) it drew lots of applause from all the tribunes.

Then, after the National Anthem it was the ‘away end’ who called both teams over to welcome them, and this prompted Maraton to do the same.

Well done you Gumushane Supporters – you made lots of friends yesterday !

ANKARAGUCU   0             Gumushanespor    0

No sooner had the match got underway than the anti-management chants started, the basis of which was .............. Management, don’t be afraid – do something to save our Club !!!

Gumushane started on the front foot and should have been 2 up within the first 20 minutes with 2 fierce shots just whizzing past the post.

On the 20 minute mark, Hasan had Ankaragucu’s first chance but his shot was blocked by a timely tackle.

Ankaragucu had only one more chance before half time when an inviting cross came in from the left from Hasan and all Teoman had to do was meet it with his head, but he elected to just look at the ball as it flashed past and out of danger !

Gumushane had 2 more chances to score before the half time whistle but Gokhan made 2 saves to thwart them, and Ankaragucu went in fortunate not to be a goal or two behind.

The Gumushane goalkeeper didn’t have anything to do in the first half due to Ankaragucu’s old failings re-surfacing, ie, lots of passing between Gokhan, Volkan, Onur and Andac in their own half, but then the breakdown in the opposing half with too many passes going astray and losing possession too easily to the busy Gumushane players.    The chief culprits being Gokhan Erdogan and Teoman who obviously climbed out of bed on the wrong side yesterday morning !!
Ankaragucu upped the tempo in the 2nd half but their performance was still below par.    However, they should have opened the scoring 10 minutes into the 2nd half when they had 3 attempts in the box at headers, but the goalkeeper and the woodwork came to Gumushane’s aid in what was like a ping-pong game !

However, just prior to that comedy show, Gumushane were denied a goal from a freekick which Gokhan saved spectacularly.

Halfway through the 2nd half Eski Kanka was able to cheer at last when Emir replaced Teoman, and 10 minutes later Maniac Kanka was able to cheer when Gokhan Erdogan was replaced !

5 minutes to the final whistle, Ankaragucu broke away down the right and in a smart exchange of passes, Emir was in a great position to score, but blasted over.    At that moment I was thinking  .................. hmmmmmm ............... maybe Teoman would have scored, but then I said .................  Nah !!!

Into the last minute and Gokhan (my Man of the Match) saved the day by tipping over a goal bound free kick.

So, having re-read my report, it didn’t sound like a boring match, but .................. believe me, yes it was for the most part !

Back to The Chopin Bar we went where we met up with Barnsley Kanka Nigel who will hopefully try to attend Ankargucu’s last home match against Nazilli in a few weeks time.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, April 12, 2015

ANKARAGUCU DITHER TO A BORING DRAW !!

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Yawn yawn ........... please wake me up !!!

I just can't find the energy to report on today's match.

ANKARAGUCU   0     Gumushane    0

Thank God that Maniac Kanka Harun was there to entertain me !!!

Match report tomorrow night, but don't expect me to say anything complimentary about Ankaragucu !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

PS .......... Well, at least Hibs won the Edinburgh Derby to put a smile back on my ugly face !!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ankaragucu vs Gumushanespor match preview!




There were more bad news off field this week when Mustafa Akan who is a friend of Melih Gokcek and Mehmet Yiginer claimed he is taking the club to court due to 17 Million Lira he claims he is owed by the club. The club is also been pursued for 500k by a sausage company and it looks like we are in for another troubled summer.

The worrying thing for me is that Mustafa Akan is involved with Melih and Mehmet and that no one knew anything about this money he is owed. To me it looks like Ankaragucu are being exploited again.

Onto some good news, and Muhammed Gonulacar, Metin Aydin, Hasan Ayaroglu and Turgut Kirveli were all called up to the Turkish U19 squad this week. Credit must go to the Ankaragucu youth coaches who have a fantastic record of bringing through talented young players.

Tomorrows match is at home with a 1430 kick off at the 19 Mayis Stadium for the visit of Gumushanespor who lie one place below Ankaragucu in the table. The visitors have a very similar record to Ankaragucu with too many draws which have hampered their playoff hopes. They will be however coming to the Capital looking to take the 3 points back home.

Ankaragucu lost 2-1 last weekend at Goztepe and will have been disappointed to have come away empty handed having missed a couple of easy chances to kill the game off before Goztepe scored. Teoman needs to start finding consistency and improve on his finishing if he wants to keep his place in the team. Young Emir Ozbey is looking for his chance in the team and has an excellent scoring record at youth level.

Not the most exciting of matches that the club has been involved in but its important to take the 3 points and start preparing for next season. However i don't hold out much hope with the growing financial problems off field set to take centre stage again.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Mehmet Erdem comes back to haunt Ankaragucu!





Goztepe 2-1 Ankaragucu

Goztepe vs Ankaragucu highlights

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Orhan Evci, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Mehmet Tasci, Muhammed Gonulacar, Harun Aydin, Hasan Kaya, Hasan Ayaroglu, Teoman Erkan, Levent Kale

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Metin Ilhan, Gokhan Erdogan, Ramazan Adiguzel, Emir Ozbey, Mashum Kara, Ali Sinan

It all started so well for Ankaragucu as they took the lead in Izmir, but two second half goals from the home side saw Ankaragucu leave empty handed. A big crowd turned up for this game as Goztepe fight it out with Bandirmaspor to become champions.

Ankaragucu had the first chance of the match when Teoman set up Hasan Kaya who shot straight at Oguzhan in the Goztepe goal. Goztepe then had a couple of headed chances with Emrah in particular heading inches wide of Gokhans goal.

Then came the opening goal after 23 minutes as Hasan Kaya laid the ball off to Orhan just inside the box who blasted the ball past Oguzhan to make it 1-0. The score would remain that way until half time.

Into the second half and another chance for Ankaragucu as Teoman controlled the ball well in the box but couldn't beat Oguzhan from a tight angle who made a good save. Then came the best chance of the game a few minutes later. Teoman was put through on goal with a nice pass but he shot straight at Oguzhan again, the rebound fell to Hasan Kaya with only the defender on the line to beat, somehow he miss hit his shot and the defender cleared the ball off the line. That would have secured the 3 points for Ankaragucu.

Instead it was Goztepe who would equalise in bizarre fashion from former Ankaragucu winger Mehmet Erdem. His corner beat Gokhan at his front post and the ball went straight into the back of the net. Poor goalkeeping from Gokhan as no keeper should be beat at his front post. Fair play to Mehmet Erdem who kept his celebrations at minimum in respect to his former club.

Then came the 2nd goal and another mistake from Gokhan Akkan, a lovely ball into the box from Mehmet Erdem and top scorer Timur Kosovali got the slightest of touches ahead of Gurkan Alver and the ball somehow found its way past Gokhan.

Young Gokhan is a talented Goalkeeper but his form has been questionable at times with some fantastic performances and then some moments of madness. With Ankaragucu having some excellent young goalkeepers coming through he needs to step up his performances if he wants to keep his place.

Goztepe would hold on to their 2-1 lead and secure the 3 points in front of a delighted home crowd. Ankaragucu yet again put in a good performance but a couple of costly errors and poor finishing left them empty handed.

The playoffs are now out of reach for Ankaragucu, and instead the rest of the season will be a platform for improving, learning from mistakes and getting ready for next season.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Turkish Cup Quarterfinal... Geliyoruz!



Finally a match we can go to!!

Genclerbirligi v Bursaspor
Turkish Cup
Wednesday, April 8
KO: 6:30pm
Meeting at the Red Lion at 4pm. Heading for the stadium at 5:30pm
Tickets for Maraton 12tl

Coming off a big win on Saturday against Kasimpasa (5-2), Genclerbirligi will be playing Bursaspor in the quarterfinal of the Turkish Cup on Wednesday, April 8, at 6pm. The first match was a 1-1 draw in Bursa. So we have it all to play for.

Us fans also have it all to play for. As you know we have been boycotting matches this year because of the Passolig Card system. As a result crowds at Gencler games are down by more than 90 percent. For this Wednesday's Cup match, however, you will not need to own a Passolig card.

A week or so ago representatives from various Gencler fan groups (Alkaralar, Dikmen Tayfa, the Genclerbirligi Taraftar Dernegi, HaydiGencler, Karakizil, ODTU'lu Gencler and Ultras Kardesler) agreed to lift the picket line for this match in an attempt to show the management of the club and the players that us fans are still here, all we want is for the Passolig system to be lifted.

So.... I have just received news that tickets for the match will go on sale at the 19 Mayis Stadium on Monday. Get them early because if you wait for just before the match you could well be stuck there for ages.

The wrath of El Kabir

For a team that has a defence and a goalkeeper that make you want to scream in pure and utter frustration each and every time the opposition get the ball, I guess it is lucky we have a few blokes up front who can score.

Genclerbirligi 5 - 2 Kasimpasa

Stupid bloody weather in Ankara. Snow in April... bitterly cold winds. Bloody hopeless. Still, the sun came out a bit by about the time the match kicked off at the 19 Mayis. Not that I cared about the cold, I was in the nice warm Sudem pub.

Not the full Gencler team. Guido and Ugur were out injured ... and Stancu still hasn't recovered. Defender Ahmet Hakan was also out thanks to yellow cards. Still, I was confident, until...

Three minutes gone and our defence was already shot. Kasimpasa was on the attack, we had three defenders, they had two attackers. So what happens, one of the attackers is left completely alone! Hopeless. The bloke took the shot and even if he had tried I don't think Ramazan could have saved it.

Talk about depressing. To go down so early. The Sudem was dead quiet, besides the howls of anguish.

El Kabir Azabı. Which I think translates as
"The wrath of El Kabir"
Then it was all flaffing around for ages. Then Mervan, clearly offside, gets the ball and shoots and goal. I didn't even celebrate because I was sure the referee was going to call them all back. But no... If I was a Kasimpasa fan I would have been furious.

Next one was clear though. Handball in the box. Penalty and El Kabir scores.

2-1 at half-time.

Then not much later 3-1, then 4-1 and then I think they scored and then we wrapped it up with another penalty. A hat-trick for El Kabir and all up a very very nice result.

It doesn't really matter though. We aren't going to get relegated and I don't think we can get into Europe. Still, a good result ahead of Wednesday night's Turkish Cup quarterfinal against Bursa. I'll be posting very very soon about that one.  
 

Friday, April 03, 2015

Ankaragucu vs Goztepe match preview!





There are many big rivalries in Turkish football such as the Istanbul derbies, Goztepe vs Karsiyaka, Besiktas vs Bursaspor and Genclerbirligi vs Haceteppe (well not really). This weekend we have another fierce match as Ankaragucu travel to Izmir to take on title contenders Goztepe.

Unfortunately it looks like Ankaragucu fans won't be allowed to travel to the game due to fears of crowd trouble. The rivalry goes back to when Ankaragucu played Galatasaray in the Turkish cup final in Izmir. The local Goztepe fans went to the game supporting Galatasaray, where as the Karsiyaka fans were giving their support to Ankaragucu.

The last time the two sides met the game ended in a 1-1 draw at the 19 Mayis Stadium on Ankara with Levent Kale scoring a late penalty to give Ankaragucu a share of the points. Two former Ankaragucu players will be in contention for a starting place in the Goztepe line up. Emre Aygun and Mehmet Erdem both played for the club, with Mehmet moving to Goztepe in January after some fantastic performances for Ankaragucu.

Aytac Oden will miss out due to suspension so the central defence pairing will be Volkan Geyik and Gurkan Alver. Both Onur Atasayer and Cihan Bal are still long term casualties, while Gokhan Akkan is struggling with injury which could mean Turgut Kirveli could start in goal.

Timur Kosovali started the season so well for Goztepe but the goals have dried up for the big striker. He will be hoping to get the shooting boots back on and will still be a dangerous play for the Ankaragucu defence.

Ankaragucu have been in good form of late, and much of that is down to a new forward line of Hasan Ayarolglu, Hasan Kaya and Teoman Erkan. The 3 will need to be at their best on Sunday if Ankaragucu are to take anything from the game.

A bit of news from off field matters i received this week from former player Calvin Sosibo. The South African winger agreed to a deal with Ankaragucu to reduce the amount of money owed to him in unpaid wages. Unfortunately he has still not been paid by the club. The worrying thing is that the deal was struck by Mehmet Yiginer and he has failed to keep his promise.

In a week when the City of Ankara unveiled a statue of a transformer, surely their is enough money to save the cities most important club?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kocaeli Birlikspor 1-1 Ankaragucu match preview!





Another positive result for Ankaragucu as they bring a share of the points back to the capital after a 1-1 draw at Kocaeli Birlikspor. Unfortunately for Ankaragucu a point isn't good enough as they fight for an outside chance of the playoffs.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Gurkan Alver, Aytac Oden, Mehmet Tasci, Muhammed Gonulacar, Orhan Evci, Hasan Kaya, Gokhan Erdogan, Hasan Ayaroglu, Teoman Erkan

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Ali Sinan Gayla, Emir Ozbey, Levent Kale, Ramazan Adiguzel, Metin Ilhan, Volkan Geyik

Its difficult to work out exactly where Ankaragucu would be if Aykan Atik was the manager from the start of the season. I haven't been able to watch many games this season due to the lack of TV coverage in Lig 2. The results however have been a big improvement since he took charge. The Duzyurt match aside, we have been difficult to score against, and have also started to find the net.

The problem for Ankaragucu this season has been scoring goals and also to many matches drawn. Levent Kale has suffered with fitness and doesn't have the service of Emre Tasdemir, Mehmet Cakir or Mehmet Erdem to create chances for him this season.

A new partnership has emerged in Teoman Erkan and Hasan Ayaroglu. The big forward Teoman is hard working and has some nice link up play, where as Hasan is the little magician who creates chances for others as well as chipping in with goals himself.

Ankaragucu started in a positive fashion today, taking only 12 minutes to open the scoring and it was through Teoman Erkan with his 3rd goal of the season. Kocaeli are a difficult side to beat, and they found the equaliser on the 39th minute through Engin Akturk as both sides went in 1-1 at half time.

It would stay that way until the end, although both sides had a man sent off, Ustun Bilgi for the home side for his second booking, and Aytac Oden for Ankaragucu also for a second booking.

Next Sunday Ankaragucu travel to rivals Goztepe in what will be the toughest game since Aykan Atik took over as coach. Its time to stop thinking of the playoffs for Ankaragucu and just keep working away and improving as they have been since the winter break. Ankaragucu doesn't have the squad that are able to succeed in the playoffs even if we got there.

We need to start building for next season, the problem with that is off field matters. Will we have a summer of positive news, or will it be the same old rubbish where we lose more players and cant bring anyone in due to the transfer ban?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ankaragucu vs Kocaeli Birlikspor match preview!




Ankaragucu travel to Kocaeli this weekend hoping to continue their good form and make it 3 wins on the trot. A win against the home side could give Ankaragucu an outside chance of making the playoffs. Kocaeli also have the playoffs in their sight as only 2 points separate them and Sariyer.

Kocaeli have been on decent form themselves of late but were dealt a blow last weekend with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sariyer. They also have good experience throughout their side such as Cafercan Aksu, Ustun Bilgi and Adnan Gungor.

Ankaragucu on the other hand have one of the youngest sides in Turkey but have been showing good progress under manager Aykan Atik. A good 3-0 win over Pazarspor last weekend keeps the confidence levels high with Hasan Ayaroglu, Teoman Erkan and Hasan Kaya forging a good partnership up front which has been lacking all season.

Hasan Ayaroglu has been the key player for Ankaragucu this season. With the departures of Emre Tasdemir, Mehmet Cakir, Mehmet Erdem and Volkan Yilmaz it left a huge void in the Ankaragucu attack. Hasan has helped fill some of that with some excellent displays. If he keeps up this form then its only a matter of time before he is snapped up by a Super Lig or Lig 1 side.

In other news away from the pitch, it has been confirmed today that Melih Gokcek and Osmanlispor have failed to pay Ankaragucu the 750,000 TL they owe for Umut Nayir as well as the 2 Million Lira Gokcek promised to help the club.

It further confirms that Gokcek isn't a man of his word, can never be trusted and will do everything in his power to try and destroy Ankaragucu.

If any of the residents kankas could help Tony with instructions on how he can sign up to Passolig to attend Genclerbirligi matches can they let me know.

Nadeem

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bang head on wall

Everything was going swimmingly and then Genclerbirligi shipped three goals in the last 10 minutes. Pathetic.

Istanbul Basaksehir Futbol Klubu 3 - 1 Genclerbirligi

You couldn't say we were in tip-top shape. The rugby of the day before, or should I say the refreshments that we consumed whilst watching the rugby... and then continued to consume well after the rugby, had pretty much destroyed Spine and I. We ain't as young as we used to be.

Genclerbirligi for much of the first half were exactly the same. Meh.

Second half and a piece of individual brilliance from El Kabir put us ahead. El Kabir was on the goal line with the ball about to go out when he performed a "Rabona" which was sent perfectly onto the head of Tosic who simply put it in.



It looked like this would be enough. But at the end we went to sleep completely. Three bloody goals in the last 10 minutes. Most of the crowd at the Sudem walked out in disgust. I don't think we sold it. I just think we were rubbish.

Speaking of rubbish, referee Cuneyt Cakir had an absolutely terrible performance. There was a clear red card not given and then later a clear handball in the box. No penalty given. If either of the decisions had been given I reckon the result could have been completely different.

Monday, March 23, 2015

ANKARAGUCU PUT THEIR SEASON BACK ON TRACK !


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Golly, Gosh and OMG, two wins in a row for Ankaragucu – whatever next ?!   I have an idea ....... let’s make it THREE and then we can start dreaming of a Play-Off place again !

It was a pleasant sunny Spring day yesterday when the kankas met-up at the Stadium.   Apple Kanka Erman, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and Fellaini Kanka Ahmet.   We were also joined by freiends Suha and Barnsley Nigel who is visiting Ankara.

I was early arriving, so I had my customary Cay in the Sports Cafe and watched some entertaining amateur matches on the side pitches.   Very impressed with DSIspor who were 1-0 up against Vurtkurspor approaching half time when I had to leave that match.   Their No11 scored a cracking goal which Messi would have been proud of.   He collected the ball midway into Vurtkur’s area, ghosted past 3 defenders and let fly into the bottom corner with the goalkeeper nowhere.    I hope Ankaragucu scouts were watching !!

Back to the main event and ..............

ANKARAGUCU   3       Pazarspor    0



As usual, Gecikondu and Maraton were full but a poor attendance in the Kapalis.   There was an impressive 100 in the away end, but unsurprisingly, we didn’t hear a squeak out of them throughout the whole match !

It only took 5 minutes for the Stadium to errupt and for Ankaragucu to open the scoring.   A fairly innocuous back-pass to the Pazar goalkeeper and he miskicked the ball straight to Hasan Kaya who held off a weak challenge from a defender and cooly slotted in.   What a start !

3 minutes later it was almost 2 when Gokhan made a nice run down the left and shot to the near post.   However, all credit to the goalkeeper for getting down to turn the ball out for a corner.

There was a Bursapor chorus on 16 minutes from all the tribunes as Ankaragucu continued to attack the nervous Pazar defence.

6 minutes later the 2nd goal arrived after a great run down the right by Hasan Ayaroglu.   Almost on the goal line, he made the classic cut-back and Teoman was in the right spot at the right time to tap-in for an easy goal.

Two down but Pazar didn’t drop their heads and there were two scares for Ankaragucu before the half time whistle.   Two breakaways, the first saved by Volkan’s timely tackle as the shot was about to be struck, the 2nd brought out a great save from Gokhan.

The 2nd half got underway with Pazar still searching for a way back into the match and they were unlucky 10 minutes in when a goalbound shot hit the post and rebounded to safety with Gokhan beaten.

3 minutes later and Teoman should have done better when he was put clean through from a long ball, but he delayed his shot and the ball was cleared to safety by a tracking back defender.

Even two up, and with Ankaragucu having the lion’s share of possession, the match was still in the balance with Pazar still searching for a way back into the match.

However, it was over as a contest 10 minutes from the end when Ankaragucu made it safe with goal No3.   A cross came in from the right which was met by the in-rushing Hasan Ayaroglu who side-footed the ball in under the dispairing dive of the goalkeeper.

2 minutes later, Levent (who had replaced Teoman), missed a sitter when all he had to do was tap-in when the cross came in from the left.    Unfortunately, all he managed to do was hit ‘fresh air’ and the ball went out for a goal kick.

So, a great team effort with everyone playing their part.   However, I should mention that Fellaini Kanka and I earmarked Aytac as our Man of the Match.   He did everything right at the heart of the defence with his tackling and distribution.   He is becoming Mr Reliable !

Back to The New Sedir we went to celebrate the victorrrreeeeee, and ........ Maniac Kanka Harun’s birthday with his beautiful and charming lady, Hatice.

The burning question now is .............. can Ankaragucu maintain this momentum next week in Koceli and put pressure on the teams all fighting for a Play-Off place ?    Watch this space for the answer !


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ANKARAGUCU ENJOY PAZAR AGAINST PAZAR !!

Greeting Kankas and Kankies.

For our 'foreign' readers, Pazar is the Turkish word for Sunday, and in Turkey, especially in the Black Sea Region, there are lots of towns named after the days of the week !

It was another 3 points for Ankaragucu today in the Ankara Spring sunshine against the team from Rize.

ANKARAGUCU   3      Pazarspor    0

It was back to The Yeni Sedir Pub after the match to celebrate Maniac Kanka Harun's birthday and that's the reason I am unable to make a report of the match tonight !!!

Suffice to say it was well won by Ankaragucu and a fully deserved victorrrrreeeee.

Match report coming up tomorra.    In the meantime, let's have another ..... hic hic .... hic ..... Efes and sing the birthday song to Harun AGAIN !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tepecikspor 1-2 Ankaragucu match report!




Ankaragucu bounced back from their embarrassing 5-2 defeat at Duzyurt on Sunday with a good 2-1 win at relegation rivals Tepecikspor. The win now gives Ankaragucu 9 points breathing space from the drop zone with another of those relegation candidates Pazarspor coming up at home this coming weekend.

Team - Gokhan Akkan, Orhan Evci, Gurkan Alver, Aytac Oden, Mehmet Tasci, Muhammed Gonulacar, Harun Aydin, Gokhan Erdogan, Hasan Ayaroglu, Hasan Kaya, Teoman Erkan

Subs - Turgut Kirveli, Ali Sinan, Ramazan Adiguzel, Emir Ozbey, Levent Kale, Mahsum Kara, Volkan Geyik

The home side got off to a good start when they took the lead after 13 minutes through Adem Celik. It looked like it was going to be one of those days for Ankaragucu that we have so often seen in the last few years.

However they showed the fighting spirit that has been evident since Aykan Atik took charge of the side. Goals from Jim's favourite player and an injury time winner from super sub Emir Ozbey gave Ankaragucu the 3 points to bring back to the capital.

Emir Ozbey scoring his first professional goal for the club will be hoping its the start of many more to come. Volkan has been saying on here for a while now that he is a talented player, it would be great to see him join Teoman up front as Levent isn't producing the goods.

This weekend Ankaragucu take on Pazarspor at home and we will be looking for another big turn out from the fans. Jim will advise the meeting arrangements in the coming days.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Gencler cement eighth position!

It was perhaps not the best match in the world but for us Gencler fans at a packed Sudem pub it was brilliant. The only sad thing is that we weren't at the stadium to see such a great victory. Thanks Passolig.

Genclerbirligi 2 - 1 Fenerbahce

I was at the red Lion Club midweek when someone asked me when the match was on. I pulled out my phone but the TFF website still hasn't entered the 21st century and so I wasn't able to figure it out. I jumped onto google and the first page that popped up said it was on sunday at 6pm.

All alone at the Sudem pub on Sunday at 6pm and it dawned on me that I must have been looking at an English website.

Two hours and a few beer later and kick-off.

We started with the same team as we have in the last few weeks with the new fan favourite El Kabir up front. Stancu must still be injured.

And.... we weren't too bad. Fenerbahce had more of the ball, and always looked dangerous, but we were doing some nice things in midfield. It was a bit frustrating though. Just as last week we just weren't converting good positions into shots.

Until, Guido forced a brilliant save from Fener's goalkeeper.

Could we get a breakthrough. Of course we could. Just check out the video attached to the tweet below. Pure class.


Fenerbahce stepped things up and there was great frustration at the pub when they equalised. Except from three old blokes who celebrated in a rather mute way.

A few minutes from the end and Gosso, who had come on as a substitution sent a long cross in. I'm not sure what the Fener defender was doing, but he basically let it go through to an unmarked El Kabir who must have been surprised to see that Volkan was completely out of position. Simple header. In. Goal. Mayhem.

Simply amazing. What a victory.