Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The Ankara Sportswriters Cup was won by Gencler 8-6 on penalties last night after a tedious 90 minutes of what could only be labelled an early season bore of a match !
The only two occasions when the crowd were roused from their slumber was when it was announced that there would be no extra time, and when Mehmet Cakir, true to form, missed his penalty !
It was a sultry August evening when we met up in the Beer Bus. Dan the Man was first to arrive, and surprise surprise, he wasn't wearing his Liverpool top !
Brat Kankie Laura and I were next, followed by Oz Kanka Chris, Maniac Kanka Harun and Hazal Kankie. Long-term absentee Marash Kanka Hakan was next accompanied by Guzel Kankie Asli and his buddy Serkan.
Off to the Stadium 'in different directions' where we met up with Rip Off Kanka Erman, Yankee Kanka and Huso Kanka.
Quite a large Ankaragucu crowd in the Stadium considering it was a 'friendly' match and in the middle of summer. Gecikondu was full and Maraton was almost full.
Maniac Kanka did a 'head-count' of the Gencler supporters and came up with 'that number again' ............ 39 !!!
As I mentioned previously, it was not a footie match which will stay in the memory. OK, it is early in the season, and lots of new faces were appearing in both teams, but there was little goalmouth action to cause an adrenalin rush !
Both teams had only one serious effort on goal in the 1st half, and but for a great reflex save from Serdar from Aydin's bullet of a header, the result could have been defferent. Meye blasted the rebound high over the bar and that was about it for the 1st half. Yawn yawn !
The 2nd half was played in Gencler's half of the field for the most part, but a combination of good defending and poor finishing resulted in a 0-0 stalemate.
Man of the match, Meye, was full of running and enthusiasm - in fact he reminded me of Bebbe's style of play.
Stanislav and Vittek both looked 'out of sorts' but no doubt they will form a successful partnership with Meye up front when the season gets underway in earnest.
Both defences were solid enough, and Ozden playing his first match for Ankaragucu between the sticks didn't make any mistakes.
Zec for Gencler caught the eye and he gave Guven a few scary moments in the match. Stewart had a quiet match but didn't put a foot wrong. Billy Mehmet came off the bench near the end of the match and showed a few glimpses of his talent. I'm sure he will bag a few goals this season.
Time now for both teams to stand-up and be counted. It would be a comforting thought if I could say that they will be up there challenging at the top of the league this season, but ...... I can't !!
Gencler will be in Eski's City next Saturday for a 10pm KO....... yes, I'll repeat that ........ 10pm ! Oz Kanka is still debating whether to go !
Ankaragucu will be at home on Sunday (7.30pm KO I believe) playing Super Cup Winners Trabzon in an empty Stadium, so we will watch it in the Beer Bus.
Congratulations to Cup Winners Gencler for holding their nerve at the penalty shoot-out. Unlucky Ankaragucu had the lion's share of possession, but they had one big problem ......... Mehmet Cakir !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim