Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Obviously The Hurriyet reads our Blog because that was their headline this morning. And why not ? Isn't our site the foremost authority on Ankara footie ??!!
Kasimpasa 2 ANKARAGUCU 1
Zewlakow, Aydin, Rajnoch, Murat
Adem, Kagan, Sapara, Gabric
Serdar and Sestak
Substitutes used - Tekke, Ozgur and Metin
Nothing to say about the first half, except that neither goalkeeper was called upon to make a save of any note.
The Kanka Group is dwindling ! Only 2 of us turned up at The Beer Bus Bar and as I said to Battle Damaged Kanka Damon at half time ..... 'pretty boring stuff'. He disagreed. He said, 'extremely boring stuff' !!
Into the 2nd half and Kasimpasa must have sensed that Ankaragucu was there for the taking. They certainly looked the more likely to make the break-through.
It was still a scrappy match with both teams guilty of giving the ball away in the final quarter and passes going astray on a regular basis.
Then on the 65th minute mark Kasimpasa was awarded a free kick about 30-40 metres out. A rocket of a shot came in over 'the wall', hit the right hand post, bounced across and hit the left hand post, and then bounced out back into play. Robledo was quickest to react and stooped down to nod the ball into the net with a bewildered Bayram helpless.
10 minutes later it was two. A fast breakaway (which I thought was offside), Bayram came rushing out to narrow the angle, but the ball cannoned off him to Ibrahim who shot into the goal from a tight angle.
Kasimpasa was in control now and Ankaragucu looked a beaten team without Sapara to pull the strings (he had been replaced on the 60th minute).
However, the consolation goal came near the end courtesay of the referee (he obviously felt sorry for Ankaragucu !!) when he deemed that Fatih Tekke had been brought down in the box on a rare Ankaragucu attack. Fatih took the penalty and despatched it with ease.
There was little likelihood of Ankaragucu snatching the equaliser with Kasimpasa playing some possession footie for the last 5 or so minutes.
There can be no doubt that Kasimpasa deserved their win, but what about Ankaragucu's lack of organisation and attacking ideas ? This is a major worry.
The training ground will not be a very happy place this week and Umit Bey has to come up with a plan of attack before next Saturday's derby against Gencler. As we all know, Gencler always manage to raise their game for the derby. Isn't it about time we took a leaf out of their book ??!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim