Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Headline suggested by Bellshill Kanka Nadeem.
Only Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I were in The Beer Bus Bar yesterday to see Ankaragucu get back on the rails again with a convincing win in Konya.
Konyaspor 0 ANKARAGUCU 2
Ugur, Rajnoch, Klukowsi and Murat
Gabric, Sapara, Aydin and Adem
Vittek and Sestak
Substitutes used – Kagan, Ozgur and Bednar
We were both happy little kankas when we saw Vittek back in the line-up and the optimism pills were discarded !
Ankaragucu started the match like an express train and was one up in just over one minute. Great work from Vittek on the left to beat two men. He still had time to look up and spot Gabric unmarked in the centre. He sent over a perfect cross for Gabric to half-volley into the net with Pawelek helpless.
What a start, similar to the Besiktas match a few weeks ago !
Konya was still in there fighting and had two good chances with free kicks in dangerous positions on 7 and 19 minutes, but both were blasted over.
Sapara sent in a rocket of a free kick on 25 minutes which brought out a fantastic save from Pawelek.
Vittek was really up for this match and impressed me with his running off the ball and chasing back into defence when he was dispossessed.
The 2nd goal came on the half hour mark and was a howler between Pawelek and one of his defender's. They both came for the same ball with Gabric challenging them. The defender touched it passed Pawelek and Gabric ran on to the loose ball and walked it into the goal. Thank you very much says Gabric doing a little jig along the goal line in celebration !
There was a brief flurry of Konya pressure before the half time whistle but the defence held firm. I should also mention that it was good to see Ugur back again and he had a solid match.
Into the 2nd half and Gabric was causing all sorts of problems for the Konya defence down the right and was being subjected to some heavy tackling. He received our Man of the Match award with Vittek a close 2nd.
Bednar replaced Vittek on 66 minutes and showed enough to suggest that he could be a regular. It would be interesting to see Vittek and Bednar playing together from the start sometime in the future.
Sapara went off injured on 70 minutes and it is to be hoped that it isn't serious.
Konya was still attacking and Ozden pulled off a great save on 72 minutes. At the other end, Rajnoch and Ozgur both missed good chances as the clock ticked down to the closing minutes.
In the last few minutes Bedner had two good efforts well saved before the referee blew for full time.
So, a welcome 3 points for Ankaragucu and a good all round team performance.
When Guven returns from injury the defence will be in a better state, but with the return of Ugur yesterday it was looking in better shape than last week !
Looking forward to next weekend …..
Gencler will be playing away in Antalya on Sunday. Ankaragucu will host Galatasaray on the Monday night match ….. probably 8pm KO.
PS ….. I'm sure Bellshill Kanka Nadeem will have been particularly pleased yesterday to see a team in green and white hoops beaten !!!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim