Sunday, September 25, 2016

At least it wasn't a draw

Am I allowed to complain after a 2-0 victory. Of course I am.

Genclerbirligi 2 - 0 Karabukspor

Listen very carefully Turks. It may not be as hot as it should be in late September but it sure as hell isn't cold! Just put a jumper on. You aren't going to die.

Admittedly, I wouldn't reccommend that everyone follow Alex who decided to show up wearing shorts. Others more sensibly dressed at the Alerta pub were Spine, me and a new English fellow named John who bought a Passolig card "because I'm writing a book about Turkish football".

At the stadium we met up with Kevin and then Dan the Man and his son. Quite a nice little group of kankas.

Football kicked off and well...

... and then in 11th minute the Karabukspor Number 11 lashed out and punched one of our players right in the nuts. Ouch. Our man went down and the referee had no hesitation in pulling out a red card.

Kevin and John wonder what the hell is happening. Oz Kanka
puts money on another draw. 
Big cheers from the crowd and time for us to sit back and win in easily? Nope. Gencler then proceeded to make very hard work of it all. We just couldn't go forward. Our back guys were staying back and we were sending in crosses way too early. Considering we had the vast majority of the possession and we were a man up we could hardly get a shot off.

Still, it was surely only a matter of time before Karabuk's brilliant defence cracked. It was just seconds after the second half kick off and Aydin Karabulut played it down the right, he had just come on as a substitute. We had players running in fast and I think he got a cross or a shot off. The Karabuk keeper dived to his right but only managed to palm it off to Landel who fired it home.

Time for a walkover.

Er... no.

Genclerbirligi now decided to play some of the most inept rubbish I have seen from them in a long time. You know those times when a crowd starts to get very antsy when the team are through the motions... that was the second half.

Luckily we were put out of our misery towards the end when Irfan Can Kahveci cam on and slotted home the winner...

So, we got the win and we got to fifth place, somewhere we
haven't been for a long time.

But for me the man of the match was a fellow called Dany Nounkeu, the No. 13 defender for Karabukspor. He was brilliant in spoiling so many chances, he completely nullified Stancu and time and again won the one-on-one battles. He was excellent.

So, Dany, time to get your agent to earn his keep and get him to flesh out your Wikipedia page.

ANKARAGUCU LOSE THEIR WAY !


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.



Ankaragucu’s impressive start to the season came to a grinding halt this week with TWO defeats, and so it seems that The Coach, Ismet Bey, must go back to the drawing board to rectify the situation.

Inegolspor   1                  ANKARAGUCU    0

Last Wednesday, Ankaragucu crashed out of the Turkish Cup, losing 2-0 to 3rd Division outfit Darica, and the kankas thoughts after that defeat was a shrug of the shoulders and that Ankaragucu could then concentrate their efforts on promotion at the 3rd time of asking back into the PTT League.

However, there seems to have been little response from the players in Bursa today with the strikers firing blanks again.

Bellshill Kanka Nadeem and I couldn’t find a link to watch the match, but Maniac Kanka Harun told me on fb that, from what he saw, it was a poor match with Inegol scoring the

So, the situation now at the top of the league is that there are 6 teams on 9 points each !

Hopefully Ankaragucu will put this behind them and get back on track next weekend against Gumushane, otherwise we may have a crisis on our hands.   Yet another season in this ‘effin’ division is just unthinkable !!!

Watch this space as the story unfolds.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ankaragucu vs Inegolspor match preview!




Ankaragucu travel to Inegol this weekend as they take on Inegolspor tomorrow looking to make it 4 wins in a row. The home side have had a tough start to the season losing 1 and drawing 2 of their opening 3 games. That said, Inegolspor are always a tough opponent for Ankaragucu who will know they need to be at their best if they are to return to the capital with 3 points.

The game will be shown live on Canal 16 with a 4pm kick off Turkish time, so a chance to see the team in action again is a nice surprise for me who will be cheering on Rangers against the sheep from Aberdeen at the same time.

It's expected that Ismet Tasdemir will keep faith with the same side that has won all three of their opening games this season. That means Mehmet Tasci will keep his place at centre half while Enes Kubat gets the nod ahead of last weeks goalscoring hero Murat Yilmaz.

Emre Okur will be the man to watch for Inegolspor after scoring 2 goals from his first 3 goals. Ankaragucu should have to much quality in their side not to win this match, Erhan Senturk, Emre Sahin, Enes Kubat, Omer Bozan all have the quality in attack to cause problems for the home side and will be looking to attack straight from kick off.

Let's hope we have another weekend of celebrating an Ankaragucu win, and good luck to Queen of thr South and Rangers our brothers from Scotland!!


Darica Genclerbirligi 2-0 Ankaragucu




Ankaragucu suffered another early exit from the Turkish Cup as they lost 2-0 at Lig 3 side Darica Genclerbirligi. A number of fringe players were given a chance to shine but instead they suffered an embarrassing defeat.

The good news is that Ankaragucu can now concentrate on the League campaign and their bid to gain promotion to the PTT Lig.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Genclerbirligi still undefeated... but not brilliant

It was a better Genclerbirligi this week than last week's very disappointing
draw with Alanya, but it was still a draw and well... there is something missing

Konyaspor 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi

A sunny Sunday afternoon and nothing better than sitting outside and watching some footy. The Alerta Pub was packed and the mood was one of fun. Some of the kankas to take advantage were Spine, Dan the Man, Flying Dutchman Kanka and Alex. We also met a new kanka in Jimmy, a bloke who has just arrived in Ankara and has already said we may well get a season ticket.

Footy-wise it was ... well, not brilliant. The referee was rubbish and the Gencler players just weren't getting into it. Konya were clearly tired after their mid-week Europa League match but we were finding it difficult to get through.

Finally though Serdar Gurler got on the end of a long ball. He controlled it brilliantly and took a shot. GOAL!!!

The crowd at the pub erupted and then we went back to averageness.  

Until towards the end when Konyaspor started to really go on the attack... and our defence was lacking. Then it looked like we could have the winner. A ball was put in front of Stancu with just the keeper in front of him. His first touch was atrocious though and it was groans all round at the pub.

Just a few minutes left and arrrggggghhhhhh. Konya got through after some sloppy defence. Another draw.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Another bloody draw

Yep... another bloody draw

Konyaspor 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi

mmmm

More later

Saturday, September 17, 2016

ANKARAGUCU – NEVER SAY .......... NEVER !!!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

This being the 2nd of our 5 match Stadium Ban, we were unable to watch the match.   However, Maniac Kanka Harun was able to watch bits and pieces on a poor feed which he was able to find and perhaps he can add something to this report in the comments section.

ANKARAGUCU   1        Karsiyaka     0

Just as we were resigned to a stalemate, up popped Murat Yilmaz to score the winner in time added on.    Admittedly, I’ve been critical of Murat in the two matches I’ve seen him play, but in my defence, I did say that it was early days and I was prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.   He is a tall striker and he obviously must use his height to thwart opposition defenders and use it to his advantage.   Maybe that’s what he did today ??!!

So, well done Ankaragucu, and with Hatay also winning, and the others around us losing, this leaves Hatay and Ankaragucu on top of the league with 3 wins out of 3 each.

Next up is the Turkish Cup match away to Darica on Wednesday followed by an away league match next weekend against Inegol.

Here’s hoping the team can keep up the momentum and ................. consistency !!


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ankaragucu vs Karsiyaka match preview!



Two of the leagues favourites go head to head on Saturday afternoon as Ankaragucu take on Karsiyaka. It will be another empty stadium as Ankaragucu serve their 2nd of their 5 match stadium ban.

Both sides have got off to the perfect start with 2 wins from 2 and both sides will be going all out for the 3 points to set an early precedent in the title race.

Ismet Tasdemir is the first Ankaragucu manager In the last two years who has been given the tools and backing to challenge for the title. The team have shown their quality at both ends of the pitch in their first two games and although it's early days, their are a lot of things to be positive about.

Omer Bozan has been the star man in the first two games which is no surprise as he was our star performer last season until he quit the club due to unpaid wages. He provides the creative spark along with Emre and Erhan for Enes and Muharrem up front.

It looks like Ismet will go with the same team that has impressed in the opening two games with Enes keeping his place up front and Mehmet Tasci playing at centre half.

Karsiyaka have won their opening games 1-0 at Polatli and 2-0 at home to Tuzlaspor. They have started their campaign without conceding a single goal and will be confident of getting a result. This will be the toughest test for Ankaragucu so far. A win will certainly send out a message to the rest of the league that Ankaragucu are serious contenders for the title.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Genclerbirligi disappoint

It is simply beyond my comprehension how Genclerbirligi can play so well one week against a top side like Osmanlispor and then with such feebleness in their next match against a crap side like Alanyaspor.

Bernard, Spine, Oz Kanka and Little Oz
Genclerbirligi 0 - 0 Alanyaspor

Spine and me and Little Oz and Bernard were the crew down at the Alerta Pub to enjoy a few beers on what was a lovely warm Autumn afternoon. Off to the stadium where we bumped into Dan the Man and his son Efe.

Once again a terrible crowd. I guess the bayram holiday didn't help but Passolig has truly killed the game in Ankara.        

Expected a great match and.....

Second half and things picked up a bit... Irfan and Stancu  ended up being substituted after pretty average performances. There was very little urgency, very little going forward. And all this despite the fact that we controlled vast stretches of the game.

It was all very disappointing. Fingers crossed Uzulmez will put his boot up the players before next week's away match to Konya... which is one we may try to get to.

The blog inspires

One week after being featured in "The round ball in Ankara" Aussie Aziz Behich pulls off one hell of a clearance to deny Fenerbahce. Coincidence? I think not.  


ANKARAGUCU AND THE ZIRAAT TURKISH CUP


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Turkish Cup got underway a few weeks ago with some of the amateur teams and 3rd Division Teams and now it is into the 2nd Round with the 2nd League teams included.

Surprise surprise .......... Ankaragucu have been drawn ‘away’, and who would dare accuse the TFF of planning this ???!!!

Exact details are unknown yet, but the 2nd Round will be played on 20/21/22 September and here is Ankaragucu’s draw ............

Darica Genclerbirligi v ANKARAGUCU

Darica is near Kocaeli, which is a town just to the east of Istanbul.   This team is in the 3rd League, but on checking their recent form it looks as if they have had a successful start to the season.   Therefore, no chance of complacency me thinks !!!

Hopefully this will be taken seriously by Head Coach, Ismet Bey, and into the hat for the 3rd Round draw.   Following that, we will be into the Group Stages and a chance for Ankaragucu to show what they can do and .............. at the same time ............. bring in some much needed dosh ........... and .......... give the supporters a chance of a Cup Run.    I’m not sure about this, but hopefully the Stadium Ban doesn’t include Cup matches ??!!


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Kırklarelispor 1 - 2 Ankaragücü

Despite Eski Kanka's impish sense of humour in making it seem like I'm about to post a masterwork on a game I haven't seen, these game notes will be brief.

But first, it would be amiss of me not to mention the big news of the week: that Fenerbahçe signed a sponsorship agreement with Hello Kitty.

Artist's Impression...

With their 2-1 win over Kırklareli, Ankaragücü have made their best start to a league in 9 seasons.

Ankaragücü's first goal came in the 32nd minute after a breakthrough on the wing and a lucky cross in for Ömer Bozan in the box to finish. (Link - scroll to 21 minutes)

Some midfield mistakes and a chip over the keeper got Kırklareli an equaliser after half time. (Link - scroll to 13:40).

But three minutes later, Ankaragücü went ahead again from a free kick, Ömer Bozan's second (Link: scroll to 16:20).

SporAnki was enthusiastic about the striker's performance:
Ömer Bozan, who was left out of the first team at the end of last season... could have been sold, but he stayed in the team at the request of technical director İsmet Taşdemir.  
After performing well at [summer] camp and his successful performance in the first week, Ömer Bozan also gave life to the team at yesterday's Kırklarelispor match. 
But fan Eren Çelik urged a little more caution from the comments of the Güçlümedya Facebook page:
Every season it's like this, we're leaders for the first 8-9 weeks, and then the team falls apart. I hope this season is different.
Hope so! - Cider Kanka

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Gencler fail to satisfy

Eeeerrrrrgggghhhhh

Genclerbirligi 0 - 0 Alanyaspor

More tomorrow/

ANKARAGUCU DO A HIBS AND GO TWO LEAGUE WINS ON THE TROT !!!



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Perhaps Ismet Bey has shown the recent Hibs videos to the players as incentive and the way forward ?!

Kirklareli   1       ANKARAGUCU    2

One week at a time is all we can do for now.   A ‘home’ match next week against ‘brother team’ Karsiyaka beckons, but ............. where ?      Kars, Diyarbakir, Hatay ?????    We await the wonderful and knowledgable TFF decison on that !!!!

In the meantime, I will post a brief summary of the match when Cider Kanka John has had a chance to interpret the main points from the Ankaragucu sites.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Main Photo ............. A blast from the past !!!!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

An Aussie in town for the day

Aziz shouts at some kiddies.*
Back in the old days there used to be millions of Aussies playing in the Super Lig.

Just at Genclerbirligi over the past few years we have had Mile Sterjovski, Nick Carle, Bruce Djite, Mile Jedinak, Jsoip Skoko and James Troisi - all Australian international players. Galatasaray had Harry Kewell for a while but nowadays there is just one Aussie plying his trade in Turkey - Aziz Behich at Bursaspor.

According to his Wikipedia entry, Behich was born in Melbourne to Turkish Cypriot immigrants.  "For this reason he was eligible to represent Turkey and Australia, eventually choosing for the latter," the article states.

He has recently resigned for Bursa on a new three-year contract.

Which is all an intro to Sunday's event where the Australian Embassy sponsored a footy clinic for members of a football club in the working class district of Kecioren.

A couple of scratch games were played with Aziz playing the "joker" role. More importantly for the kids was the chance to take a selfie with an Aussie superstar!

Aziz and Little Oz Kanka have a chat
Hats off to Aziz who had a smile for each and every selfie and best of luck for the rest of the season at Bursaspor (except for when you are playing against Genclerbirligi that is).

* Aziz didn't actually do any shouting

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Ankaragucu 2-0 Aydinspor match report!




Professional, solid, composed, clinical, enjoyable!! All words that for the last couple of years have been sadly missing from Ankaragucu performances. Well today they returned as Ankaragucu got off to a winning start defeating Aydinspor 2-0 in the league opener.

Team - Emrah Tuncel, Orhan Evci, Alihan Kubalas, Mehmet Tasci, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Ferhat Culcoglu, Emre Sahin, Omer Bozan, Erhan Senturk, Enes Kubat

Subs - Emre Koyuncu, Murat Yilmaz, Ahmet Yavzar, Mustafa Ozturk, Adem Saglam, Muhammed Gonulacar, Serkan Balci

So a couple of interesting decisions by Ismet Tasdemir in his first competitive match as Ankaragucu manager. He decided to go with Mehmet Tasci at centre half ahead of captain Adem Saglam. With Cenk Kaplan also out injured it gave Mehmet the opportunity to show what he can do. Mehmet has always played at left back for Ankaragucu since making his debut as a 17 year old against Bursaspor. I have always said that he would make a better centre half due to his defensive ability and height. He done himself no harm today with a solid performance alongside Alihan at the back.

Orhan Evci was named captain which was a popular decision amongst the Ankaragucu fans. Emre Sahin got the nod in midfield ahead of Mustafa Ozturk and Ahmet Yavzur who are both knocking on the door. His work rate and experience will no doubt be the deciding factor in his inclusion.

New signings Muharrem, Orhan Gullie, Onur Bayramoglu and Sezgin all missed out as they look to get match fit due to signing late in the transfer window. They will all have a fight on their hand to get into this team.

I managed to watch the full game on periscope thanks to an Aydinspor fan, it has to be mentioned their fans were in excellent voice the full game and didn't stop backing their team.

Ankaragucu took the lead midway through the first half, Harun Aydin put the ball past the keeper inside the box in what is a rare goal for the young midfielder. Young Harun looks to have stepped up is game another level under Ismet Tasdemir and he certainly has the potential to play in the Super Lig if he maintains consistency.

Ankaragucu went in 1-0 up at half time and looked very comfortable having had 70% of the possession.

The second goal came in the 65th minute through Enes Kubat, his pace took him clear of the Aydin defence before calmly slotting the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 2-0. Enes led the line well today with his work rate and speed causing all sorts of problems.

A good  2-0 win for Ankaragucu which sends the fans home happy tonight and they will already be looking forward to next weeks game at Kirklarelispor.

Incidentally Kirklarelispor won 2-0 at Tuzlaspor while Karsiyaka won 1-0 at Polatli. A good start but their are some though games to come!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ankaragucu complete double swoop!



Ankaragucu completed the impressive double signing today of Orhan Gulle and Sezgin Coskun which sends out a statement to the rest of Lig 2, we are coming for the title!!

Orhan is a 24 year old midfielder who has represented Turkey at every level apart from the Senior team. He spent a successful time at Gaziantepspor before moving onto Kayseri Erciyes, Boluspor and Sivaspor.

Sezgin Coskun is a 32 year old defender who has signed from Eskisehirspor and will be a welcome addition to the club with his experience.

Welcome to Ankaragucu!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ankaragucu vs Aydinspor match preview!



The long awaited return of football is upon us as Ankaragucu get their season underway on Saturday afternoon as they host Aydinspor. Unfortunately this is the first of a 5 match stadium ban and the game will be played in Afyon as Jim reported earlier.

Last week we saw Ankaragucu lose the Ankara TSYD Cup final 3-1 against Polatli which was met by the anger of the Ankaragucu fans. We were all disappointed with the defeat but it wasn't for the lack of  effort from the players, and I think we saw enough to know Ankaragucu will be challengers this season.

The club hasn't been managed properly for years, we all agree with that, but the management have delivered  this summer by raising cash, lifting the transfer ban and bringing in a whole new team of players. We need to get behind the team and have no more stupid off field distractions.

Aydinspor will no doubt be tough opposition and are capable of winning the match too, they have added a few experienced pros this summer such as Emin Aladag and Isa Akgol. They finished 2 placed above Ankaragucu last season and will be hoping to fight for promotion this season too.

Aydinspor won both matches last season, winning 2-0 in Ankara and 1-0 at home. Ankaragucu will be looking to put things right but scoring against Aydin and taking all 3 points.

It will be interesting to see how Ismet Tasdemir sets up his first team and who will make the starting line up with all the new players. I think Enes will get the nod up front to start with Muharrem coming off the bench. I don't think the team will be too far away from the following:

Emrah, Serkan, Alihan, Adem, Onur, Muhammed, Harun, Erhan, Emre, Omer, Enes

I think Orhan, Ferhat, Ahmet and Muharrem could all be there or there abouts too, it will be interesting to see how we line up.


Ankaragucu sign Muharrem Ozan Cengiz!




Ankaragucu today completed the signing of Bandirmaspor forward Muharrem Ozan Cengiz. The club have been looking for a striker who they believe is the final piece of the jig saw in their quest to fight for the title.

The 27 year old striker who has also played for Sanliurfaspor has played 166 games scoring 59 goals in his career so far. He is a welcome addition to the club and will now push Murat Yilmaz and Enes Kubat for a place in the starting line up.

Welcome to Ankaragucu Muharrem!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Genclerbirligi players called up for international duty

I'm a bit late on this one but the following Genclerbirligi players have been called up for international friendlies or qualifiers or whatever for the next week or so.

Good luck to all of them

Turkey: Ahmet Calik, Ahmet Oguz and Irfan Kahveci

Romania: Bogdan Stancu

Belarus: Siarhei Palitsevich

Kosovo: Vedat Muriqi

Montenegro: Aleksandar Scekic

Guinea: Guy-Michel Landel

South Africa: Tokelo Rantie


An excellent away draw comeback for Gencler

Two mistakes, two goals conceded. Just 15 minutes in and it was pretty depressing at the Alerta Bar. But then Gencler came back.

Osmanlispor 2 - 2 Genclerbirligi 

It was a packed Alerta Pub for the 9:45 pm Sunday night match. How on earth people without cars were supposed to get home from Yenikent stadium before work on Monday morning I have no idea.




I was happy enough in the pub and so were the Gencler fans as we came out firing. But then our defence slipped up and bang, first time they get into a dangerous position they scored. After that we again went forward but always looked very dodgy at the back. Hopf ended up having to make making a good save and then Selcuk stuffed up and Osmanli went 2-0 up.

And then, just as the Alerta Pub was as quiet as a mouse Gencler roared back into it. We had great through balls, shots on target, heroic saves from their keeper (and quite a few lucky ones) and one shot that was cleared off the line by a defender.

It all seemed to be for nothing when someone stuffed up in midfield and Osmanli went on the run. They had three players with only Hopf in front of them. the man on the left passed inside but had so clearly telegraphed it that Hopf moved to his left and was able to block a fairly pathetic shot. Phew.

Then just before half-time and with the rain starting to come down and this time it was Serdar with a chance (we had had so many chances by this stage). He took a shot and this time we had the luck. It took a deflection and in. 2-1 Half-time

Second half and we came out with even more attacks. At one stage the possession count for the match was 64-36. Finally we all roared as an Osmanli player blatantly handballed in the box. Stancu stepped up and Goooalllll. 2-2



Our player were exhausted by this stage, at least mentally and we seemed to turn off a bit. Osmanli came forward but weren't able to get a winner.

What a match. Osmanli are one hell of a good team and to pull off a draw away to them is a bloody good result.

I finished my beer and grabbed a taxi home. I got into house at 12:30am.

Gencler come back to haunt the Ottomans

Osmanlıspor 2 - 2 Genclerbirligi

The short report. 2-0 down after 15 minutes. Heroics to get back into it and we could so easily have won. Full report later on.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ankaragucu 2016/17 Squad




Next weeks sees the start of the 2016/17 Turkish Lig 2 season, Ankaragucu have brought in a host of new players and the full squad is listed below.

Emrah Tuncel - Goalkeeper signed from Sanliurfaspor
Emre Koyuncu - Goalkeeper signed from Tarsus
Altay Bayindir - Goalkeeper

Orhan Evci - Righ Back
Serkan Balci - Right Back
Mehmet Tasci - Left Back
Onur Atasayer - Left Back
Adem Saglam - Centre Back
Alihan Kubalas - Centre Back signed from Istanbulspor
Cenk Kaplan - Centre Back signed from Kocaeli Birlikspor
Metin Aydin - Right Back
Metin Ilhan - Left Back

Muhammed Gonulacar- Central Midfielder
Harun Aydin - Central Midfielder
Ferhat Culcuoglu- Central Midfielder signed from Bucaspor
Omer Bayramoglu- Central Midfielder signed from Eskisehirspor
Ahmet Can Arik - Midfielder
Erhan Senturk - Attacking Midfielder signed from Kocaeli Birlikspor
Omer Bozan - Attacking Midfielder
Ahmet Yavzur - Attacking Midfielder
Mustafa Ozturk - Attacking Midfielder
Emre Sahin - Attacking Midfielder signed from Bucaspor
Mashun Kara - Midfielder
Hursit Tasci - Attacking Midfielder signed from Istanbulspor

Enes Kubat - Forward
Murat Yilmaz - Forward signed from Altinordu
Ali Sinan Gayla - Forward
Irfan Batuhan Yilmaz - Forward
Hasan Kaya - Forward







Ankaragucu 1-3 Polatli Bugsas! TSYD Cup Final



There was heartbreak for Ankaragucu last night as Polatli came back from a goal down to win 3-1 after a disastrous second half performance from Ankaragucu.

Team - Emrah Tuncel, Serkan Balci, Alihan Kubalas, Mehmet Tasci, Onur Atasayer, Ferhat Culcuoglu, Harun Aydin, Omer Bozan, Emre Sahin, Erhan Senturk, Enes Kubat

Subs - Emre Koyuncu, Orhan Evci, Ahmet Yavzur, Adem Saglam, Murat Yilmaz, Mustafa Ozturk, Muhammed Gonulacar

Firstly let me say that the conditions last night made it difficult for both teams due to the heavy downpour of rain. That said it was no excuse for the performance and the better team won on the night.

Ankaragucu started the game stronger and looked very solid at the back while the likes of Erhan Senturk, Harun Aydin and Omer Bozan were all showing their quality in midfield. There was a smaller turnout last night with about 5,000 in attendance.

The breakthrough came for Ankaragucu late in the first half with an excellent goal from captain Erhan Senturk. The ball was crossed to the back post where Emre Sahin nodded the ball down into the path of Senturk who flicked the back past the keeper with a lovely finish.

The Ankaragucu fans seemed pretty happy with the first half showing and some of the new players looked like they are going to be good signings for the club. Their are big concerns over the Goalkeeper position though. Emrah Tuncel flapped at everything that came into the box and looked like the weak in most pre season games.

Into the second half and it was Polatli who came out and looked like they wanted it more, had more energy about their play and quality too. It wasn't until the 75th minute though that things would take a change for the worse for Ankaragucu. Alihan Kubalas who had already been booked earlier for a bad challenge was red carded for an apparent elbow. Polatli were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, up stepped their player who fired into the back of the net, it was a fantastic free kick but the Ankaragucu wall and goalkeeper got it all wrong.

Five minutes later and it was 2-1 Polatli, a stunning goal from Murat who beat two Ankaragucu players before firing into top corner. They then made it 3-1 a couple of minutes later with Ankaragucu searching for the equaliser they were punished by the counter attack, game over.

Ankaragucu did have an effort cleared off the line late on but Polatli were the 2016 TSYD winners much to the anger of thr AG fans who booed the team off the pitch. It was another opportunity for Ankaragucu to give the fans something to cheer about but they failed.

The only thing that matters this season is the league, and winning promotion. Ankaragucu start their campaign next week at Aydinspor and we will have all the latest news and match previews here.