Thursday, May 10, 2007


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Turkish Cup Final was played in The Ataturk Stadium, Izmir last night and ended 0-0.

After extra time......

Besiktas 1 Erciyesspor 0

A great goal from Bobo on the 100 minute mark sealed it for the cup favourites. However, it has to be said that Erciyes should have had the game wrapped up on 80 minutes when Lazarov missed a great chance to win the cup. An excellent cross from the left from Ergun was met on the half volley by Lazarov, and with Runje rooted to the spot, it slid agonisingly past the far post.

Erciyes had another great chance in extra time when Djalivic had the ball in the net, but the Referee ruled it offside (dubious decision I thought !). Was he another `Istanbul Referee` I was thinking ??!!

Anyway, the fact remains that Besiktas scored, and unfortunately for Erciyes, Bobo was left unmarked to head in an excellent goal. Jabi, who had defended well all night was at fault for not picking him up as he ran into the box ......tut tut !

One thing that still bugs me, (and I've mentioned this before), is why do the TFF persist in playing their Cup Final on a Wednesday night before the end of the league season ??!!

Both teams are still locked in tustles at opposite ends of the league and should not have had to think about a Cup Final with league business still very much on their mind !

Also, when will the TFF fall into line with most YooRo countries and make their Final a showpiece event at the end of the season ?!

Back to league business then at the weekend, and good luck to Erciyes in their fight for survival. They certainly didn't play like a 2nd division team last night !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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