Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Going down 0-1 in the 1st half to a team in top form at the moment is dispiriting under normal circumstances, but Ankaragucu has 'steel' in their play these days and they will not 'lie down' !
ANKARAGUCU 1 Kayserispor 1
Ugur, Aydin, Zewlakov and Klukowski
Hurriyet, Guven, Rajnoch and Sapara
Ozgur and Metin
Substitutes used - Meye, Mehmet Cakir and Adem
We met up in the Beer Bus Bar. This being the last home match punishment, and it is to be hoped, the last one of this season !
Oz Kanka Chris, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Dan the Man and Delia (who unfortunately is now back in Romania - hope she will continue to blog from afar and stay in touch with us !). Also present for the first time was Fener Kanka Deniz who admitted loving Ankaragucu almost as much as Fener (can we believe him ??) !!
The match was a cat and mouse affair for the opening 20 minutes or so and then Kayseri struck, and using Eski's old cliche, it was a schoolboy error from the Ankaragucu defence which gifted the goal.
A corner on the right was swung over into the crowded penalty area. Ozden was well positioned and the near post was being guarded, but ..... what about the far post ??!! The ball fell kindly to two unmarked Kayseri players and Cangele said to Serdar .... 'after you young man', and Serdar replied ..... 'thanks mate' as he was blasting the ball past a helpless Ozden.
From this point Kayseri stepped up a gear as if smelling blood and took control with Ankaragucu on the back foot, and thanks to Ozden's heroics thats how it stayed till half time. (Nadeem, you will have to change your opinion of Ozden now me thinks ??!!). Also, if Ozden keeps putting performances in like this it may well be that Senecky will have to fight his way back to the No1 spot !
Umit Bey's half time team talk obviously had the desired effect with Ankaragucu showing more adventure in the 2nd half. The substitution of Meye for Aydin also gave more attacking options for Ankaragucu.
It wasn't long before the equaliser came on 60 minutes and what a peach of a goal it was too. A break out of defence and the ball was fed to Sapara on the left who left Kayseri defenders in his wake. A brief look up, a cut back, and straight to the following up and unmarked Mehmet Cakir who half volleyed the ball into the top right hand corner with Souleymonu helpless and clawing air !
It was end to end stuff now and Meye with a little luck might have scored the winner, but it was not to be.
Still, an excellent fighting performance from Ankaragucu and who knows what they might achieve this season when Vittek and Sestak return from injury.
I have been a critic of Mehmet Cakir in the past, but I have to praise him for the way he took his chance last night. A classic goal.
However, my man of the match was Ozden for his outstanding 1st half performance when Kayseri were running riot. No doubt about it that he saved our arses !
Looking to two weekends later (11/12 September) and another moutain to climb away to Beshiktrash. Last season we may have gone there with trepidation, but not this season !
Details of match day and KO time to follow later in another post or the comments section.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim