Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The Kanka Group decreases in size by the week ! Only Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I turned up at The Beer Bus Bar but were full of confidence that the 3 points were ours for the taking ....... well, I was anyway ! However, Gaziantep gave an excellent demonstration of the reason why they have only conceded 8 goals in 11 matches.
ANKARAGUCU 0 Gaziantepspor 2
All the tribunes were in fine voice when we arrived at the Stadium and I sensed their confidence too.
The team -
Ugur, Zewlakow, Klukowski and Rajnoch
Adem, Guven, Murat and Sapara
Sestak and Metin
Substitutes used - Weeks, Mehmet and Dogan
It only took Gaziantep one minute to show their potential to spoil the party. A brilliant move down the left wing with about 10 one touch passes, the ball cut back into the penalty area and the shot just past the post.
That was a wake-up call (if one was needed) and Ankaragucu responded by taking control of the first half and it was mostly all one way traffic in the direction of the Antep goal.
The problem was that the Antep defence was dealing easily with most of the attacks, Guven's long throw-ins and high balls. Man of the Match, Antep's No 13 (I think his name is Dany) was outstanding at the centre of defence and he more or less put Sestak in his pocket for most of the match !
There were two excellent chances for Ankaragucu to make the break through. The first on 22 minutes from a typical Sapara free kick outside the box which Karcemarskas tipped over for a corner.
The second, on the half hour mark when Guven found himself unmarked in the box. However, he hesitated for a second, was tackled and went down and the ball was cleared. Penalty !!! we all screamed, but the referee waved play on ......... wanker !
Gaziantep took control of the 2nd half with Ankaragucu running out of ideas on how to pierce the Antep defence. It was mostly all one way traffic now towards the Ankaragucu goal with Antep sniffing more than one point.
The goal almost came on 50 minutes when a shot came in, hit the bar and was cleared by a grateful Ankaragucu defence.
5 minutes later, on a rare forage forward, Murat sent a great pass to Sestak who controlled the ball and was about to shoot when that man Dany again made the telling tackle and the chance was gone. btw, that was Murat's only real contribution before he was substituted shortly after.
Then the inevitable happened. Metin (what was he thinking ??) backheeled the ball inside his own half direct to Olcan who said .... thanks a lot mate ......... took a few steps and sent a curler of a shot at goal which swerved past Senecky and into the net for a fantastic goal.
Sapara at this stage was screaming at the Ankaragucu players for more effort and the equaliser almost came when Mehmet crossed the ball for Sestak to fire in. But a great save from Karcemarskas denied him a certain goal.
Into the last 15 minutes and Antep had total control now and were taking piss out of Ankaragucu at times with their passing game. Ankaragucu had totally run out of ideas and steam and were running around like headless chickens.
Sapara was still screaming at the team for more, but as they pushed forward in search of the equaliser the sucker punch was delivered.
Antep carved the defence open and De Souza slotted in No2 to kill the game off with the Anti-X Tribune shouting for Umit's resignation. (Battle Damaged joined in the chorus !!!).
Back we trudged to the Beer Bus Bar with long faces.
What now we asked ? The omens are not good I'm afraid. It could be another long hard winter of discontent !!
Up next is the Turkish Cup match at home against Fener on Wednesday KO 8pm. I will be watching this in The Beer Bus Bar because I have business in Kizilay until 8pm.
Next Saturday Ankaragucu is away to Bucaspor. I will give the KO time later when known.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim