Thursday, September 21, 2017

Afyon Afjetspor 2-0 Ankaragucu match report!



For the 2nd season running Ankaragucu were knocked out of the 2nd round of the Turkish Cup by lower league opposition. After an excellent 4-1 victory at leaders Rizespor on Sunday, in typical Ankaragücü fashion they followed it up with another embarrassment of a performance at Lig 2 side Afyon who were well worthy of their victory.

Team - Altay, Yusuf, Alihan, Lukasz, Mehmet, Mert, Abdulkadir, Doka, Dieng, Mahmut, Enes

Subs - Santiago, Gencer, Arif, Oguzhan, Ahmet, Irfan, Ahmet. Mehmet, Kenan

İsmail Kartal has been under fire from day 1 as Ankaragucu manager but gave himself some breathing space after the win at Rizespor. Today was all about keeping that momentum up and making sure Ankaragucu got into the next round ensuring extra revenue. Instead it's another disappointment for the fans who see their team knocked out against weaker opposition.

A number of players were given an opportunity to impress today and challenge for a first team place but it was a huge disappointment. Doka looks uninterested and out of shape, Yusuf and Mehmet are hopeless defensively and Dieng doesn't look anywhere near good enough.

There was a decent crowd at today's game considering the ridiculous early afternoon midweek kick off. The Afyon fans were rewarded when Aykut Uluc score a double to take his team into the next round.

Next up for Ankaragucu is a home match with Samsunspor on Sunday. Which Ankaragucu team will turn up?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ankaragucu vs Afyon Afjetspor match preview!



The feel good factor is back at Ankaragucu after their stunning 4-1 victory at leaders Caykur Rizespor last weekend. The team will be hoping to now put together a run of results that will see them climb the table and have another big match at home on Sunday against Samsunspor.

Before that match takes place we have the Turkish Cup action as Ankaragucu travel to Afyon Afjetspor in what will be a tricky tie, but one the team must win to keep the momentum going and also bring in some much needed revenue with a good run in the cup.

Last season Ankaragucu were knocked out in this very round after a humiliating 2-0 defeat against amateur side Darica Genclerbirligi. Tomorrow's match will see tougher opponents and Ankaragucu will need to be at their best if they are serious about progressing to the next round.

With the game on Sunday coming up, it's expected that Ankaragucu will make a number of changes in personnel with the likes of Enes Kubat, Santiago Mele, Lukasz Szukala and Doka Madureira all in contention for a place in the starting line up.

Afyon have started their season with a draw a win and a loss although their victory came against Mersin who are in a bad way and are playing with their youth team. If Ankaragucu play to their potential it should be a pretty routine victory. However this is football and anything is possible.

The game will be played at the beautiful new stadium Yeni Sehir Stadi which for an amateur club is an excellent set up. The game will be live on A Spor and we will have the match report here tomorrow night.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rizespor 1-4 Ankaragucu match report!




Ilhan Parlak and Alihan Kubalas both went from zero to hero today in a stunning 4-1 victory for Ankaragucu at leaders Rizespor.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Alihan, Gencer, Ferhat, Sedat, Arif, Putsila, Nduka, Ilhan, Umut Nayir

Subs - Altay, Abdulkadir, Dieng, Kenan, Mehmet, Enes, Yusuf, Lukasz, Doka

When the Ankaragucu team was announced today most Ankaragucu fans including myself were disappointed to see Ilhan Parlak in the team yet again after his poor form at the start of the season. I'm delighted that he managed to shut us all up with 2 fantastic goals and an outstanding overall performance.

Right from the very start Ankaragucu were at the races today and played some excellent football while working their socks off all over the park. The first chance came on the 7th minute when Erdem played the ball down the line for Ilhan who put in a dangerous cross but their were no takers and Gokhan Akkan punched the ball away.

Five minutes later and the breakthrough came for the visitors after Ferhat Kiraz put in an excellent ball to the back post for Ilhan Parlak who rose above his man and headed the ball into the top corner making it 1-0 giving Gokhan no chance. It was a fantastic goal and just the start Ankaragucu wanted.

Caykur were struggling to get into the match but a moment of misjudgement from Alihan as he brought down Leonard Kweuke in his own area resulted in a penalty for Rizespor. Up stepped Samu to make it 1-1 with the penalty.

Ankaragucu didn't let their heads drop and were on the front foot again, this time Erdem found Nduka whose shot come cross was pushed away by Gokhan Akkan. Nduka would unfortunately go off injured a few minutes later and was replaced with Cheikhou Dieng.

Leonard Kweuke also went off injured for Rizespor but not before he dragged a shot from outside the box wide of the post.

It's not often you see examples of fair play, but Orhan for Rizespor today showed just that when he was brought down in the penalty box by Ferhat but got straight up and said it wasn't a penalty as Ferhat got the ball. Replays showed that he was indeed correct.

Umut Nayir had an excellent game despite not scoring with his overall link up play and work rate a big factor in today's victory. He went close on the 36th minute as his powerful shot from outside the box was tipped over the bar by Gokhan.

Just before half time Ankaragucu almost regained the lead but Gencer saw his shot cleared off the line and it remained 1-1.

Into the second half and it took Ankaragucu only 3 minutes to take the lead. Ilhan saw his cross into the box cleared for a corner. From the resulting corner Erdem floated the ball into the box for Alihan who headed past Gokhan to make it 2-1Ankaragucu.

Sedat had a shot from distance go well wide before Lincoln almost caught Korcan out with a cross but the keeper tipped it over the bar.

Rizespor went close again when Samu saw his headed effort to inches wide of the post as Ankaragucu defended desperately to hold onto their lead.

With 2 minutes remaining Anton Putsila beat 2 players before his shot was fumbled by Gokhan and substitute Kenan was on hand to make it 3-1 and almost certainly give the team the 3 points.

The game was put to bed a minute later when Kenan turned provider for Ilhan who calmly slotted the Ball past Gokhan to make it 4-1 Ankaragucu and finish of an incredible day and send the fans home happy.

Today's game was the teams best performance from the days of the Super Lig when Ankaragucu were beating the likes of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. Much credit has to go to Ilhan Parlak and İsmail Kartal who have both been under a lot of pressure and criticism.

Next up is the Cup on Thursday as the team travel to Afyon Afjetspor before a home match against Samsunspor next Sunday.

Rizespor 1-4 Ankaragucu highlights

Still no wins for Genclerbirligi

Genclerbirligi seemed to have played fairly well... but in the end we couldn't convert some good chances.

Goztepe 3 - 2 Genclerbirligi

Just a few questionable referee decisions which favoured Goztepe... the first two goals were scored from offside positions, the third was scored after the ball had gone out.

We just don't look good enough. The players fought all the way to the end but the quality just isn't there. We sold off so many of our good players last year. There are just a few players whose names I even recognise... Oh boy...

That's about it for me. Five matches and just one point... Life is looking very tough.

EDIT: It also appears that we put the ball into the back of the net twice more but the linesman incorrectly ruled offside. Oh dear.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ankaragucu vs Caykur Rizespor match preview!



Winless Ankaragucu travel to leaders Caykur Rizespor this weekend looking to cause an upset and finally get their season up and running. A dismal start to the season for Ankaragucu with 2 draws and 2 defeats is in complete contrast to Rizespor who have won all 4 of their matches.

İsmail Kartal will have a full squad of players to chose from apart from Tonia Tisdell who is injured and won't feature until January and Lanre Kehinde is serving a 3 match suspension. Kibong Mbamba hasn't been registered by the club and is now unable to play until at least January.

Ankaragucu provided the fans with another turgid and sluggish match last weekend in the 2-1 defeat at home against Balikesirspor. Having lead through a debut goal from Umut Nayir, Ankaragucu conceded to awful goals late in the match much to the anger of the fans.

Having watched most of the Lig 1 games this season, It has become apparent that teams such as Rizespor, Elazigspor and Gazisehir will do well due to the pace they have in the team. This is an area where Ankaragucu severely lack as İsmail has esembeled a team full of slow players. Losing Tonia Tisdell is a huge blow to the clubs plans.

On a more positive note, their is plenty of talent in the squad to challenge for the playoffs. Anton Putsila, Umut Nayir, Doka Madureira, Abdulkadir Kayali, Kenan Özer are all quality players who just need to find match sharpness and the team will flourish.

If Ankaragucu are to get anything from the match then İsmail Kartal needs to drop Yusuf Abdioglu and Ilhan Parlak to the bench. Both players have had awful starts to the season and a spell on the bench is what is needed. Alihan Kubalas and Cheikhou Dieng would be better options in the starting line up and Mehmet Sak should also take his place back in the team at left back.

Rizespor are the team to beat and have arguably the best forward line in the league with Leonard Kweuke and Braian Samudio forming a formidable partnership. It was surprising that Rizespor managed to keep hold of Kweuke with interest from Super Lig sides. The Cameroonian is a big physical presence who works hard and has a good goal scoring record. Samudio on the other hand is a technically gifted South American who has an excellent range of passing and is very quick. I would be surprised if the Paraguayan doesn't win a big move in the next 12 months.

Other notable players for Rizespor are Recep Niyaz, former Ankaragucu trio Ozgur Cek, Umit Kurt and Gokhan Akkan, and Brazilian U20 international Lincoln.

Hikmet Karaman the former Ankaragucu manager is in charge of Rizespor and last week claimed that Ankaragucu owe him a substantial sum of money from his time at the club. Reports suggest he has reported Ankaragucu to the TFF.

Will Ankaragucu finally turn up this weekend and give the fans something to cheer about or will it be the same old rubbish?

Ankaragucu have also been drawn away in the cup against Afyon Afjetspor and the match will take place next Thursday afternoon live on channel A Spor.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Could've been worse. I guess

Thanks to Sir Eski having hassles logging in to the blog I managed to miss the match. Well, that's my excuse, basically I forget about the time. Which all goes to show just how enthusiastic I am about this season.

Trabzonspor 3 - 1 Genclerbirligi

We scored early and played well for the first half and then in the second Trabzon came out all guns blazing. Er... that's it.

One good thing yesterday was that Osmanlispor lost as well which means we are coming second last, on goal average.

The way we are going makes me very glad they only sold half-season tickets for us this year.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

DOOM AND GLOOM IN SUNNY ANKARA !

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

After our pre-match ‘refreshments’, we entered the Stadium full of cheer and optimism on a
beautiful cloudless day with the temperature in the high 20sC. However, that’s the last of the
good news !! We left the Stadium 2 hours later dragging our feet and with long faces ! We
only started to smile again during our post-match ‘refreshments’ in the Yeni Sedir Pub when
Basaksehirspor beat the hated Fenerbahce yesssssssss !!!

ANKARAGUCU 1 Balikesirspor 2

Rewind ................ The day didn’t start well when Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I
couldn’t get tickets for Maraton to join Maniac Kanka Harun and Kaleci Kanka Tansu. The
problem arose when it was announced in early Summer that Ankaragucu would play all their
matches this season in the effin Yenikent Stadium (home of the hated Osmanlispor) because it
had been decided to knock down the 19 Mayis Stadium and build a new Stadium in its place.

However, that decision was rescinded and a stay of execution given for 6 months, but not
before we had bought season tickets for Sag Kapali at Yenikent. So, today we tried to buy
Maraton tickets with our Passolig cards but the Stadium computer system wouldn’t accept it,
therefore we had to go to Sag Kapali in the 19 Mayis Stadium. Posh Kanka Ahmet, Damon
and I in Sag Kapali, with Harun and Tansu in Maraton !

C’est la vie living in an inflexible computer based society, especially this one controlled by
Passolig. Oz Kanka Chris has had many a rant over the years on the subject of Passolig in
this Blog and his experiences in respect of Genclerbirligi matches when it was first introduced
so I will not elaborate !!!

Anyway, as I was saying ................ we entered the Stadium but the Passolig nonsense has
obviously affected Ankaragucu in addition to most of the Clubs in the league. The Stadium
was only about a quarter full and surprisingly there were about 200 in the away end.

The first half was a bore quite honestly with Balikesir threatening only once in the 6 th minute
when a shot went narrowly past the post.

4 minutes later Ankaragucu was unlucky when a shot from outside the box hit the crossbar
with the goalkeeper beaten. There was nobody there to pick-up the pieces and the ball was
cleared.

On the half hour mark an Ankaragucu goalbound shot was blocked and just before the half
time whistle there was a strong claim for a penalty from Ankaragucu for handball in the box,
but the referee decided on a corner.

So, a fairly even first half with both teams failing in the final quarter. Man of the Match,
Erdem, was a constant threat down the right with his attacking runs, but unfortunately he
didn’t have much help from his team-mates !

The 2 nd half was only 5 minutes old when there was a disputed free kick awarded to Balikesir
below us on the right. Some heated words were directed towards the referee and he banished
the Ankaragucu Assistant Coach from the Technical Area to the Stand.

3 minutes later we were smiling and cheering. An Ankaragucu corner on the right was well
taken and flighted and Umut rose above everyone else to bullet a header in for a classic
strikers goal.

Was this the beginning of a goal spree ? No !!!! It didn’t materialise much to our
annoyance !

Then on the 70 th minute Balikesir received a piece of luck when an Ankaragucu clearance was
deflected into the path of a Balikesir attacker who probably couldn’t believe his luck. Thank
you very much says he and off he goes with a one-on- one with Korcan who had no chance.

Ankaragucu still pressed forward but from a free kick and a corner chances were spurned with
headers flying over the bar. We were muttering about yet another draw when disaster struck.

4 minutes from the final whistle and a piece of brilliance from a Balikesir defender.
Receiving the ball in his own half on the right, he looked up and spotted an unmarked
colleague way out on the left wing. His perfectly flighted ball was collected and off he
scampered down the wing, looked up and crossed perfectly for another colleague who’s
goalbound shot hit the post. The rebound fell conveniently for another attacker who had the
easiest of tasks to slot the ball in for the winner !

Where was the Ankaragucu defence you might ask ??? The word Ankaragucu capitulation
springs to mind Aaaaaargh !!!

Apart from Erdem, Umut and Abdulkadir, the team have to look at themselves and ask what
they were playing at yesterday. There was no urgency in midfield to get the ball into the
danger zone. Too often the midfield ran out of ideas and played pass-the- ball between
themselves and Korcan.

This is now the responsibility of The Coach who is now 4 games in without a win. In the
dying minutes of the match all the tribunes were calling for his head. However, I still
believe he needs time to gel this team together and make them an attacking force. The
potential is there, but we haven’t seen it .............. yet !!!

Next weekend will be a real test of his tactics when they travel to top of the league Rizespor.
Optimism will not be on the menu for the kankas me thinks !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim