Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Well, I was wrong on two counts. No end of season victoreeeeee to cheer and no carnival atmosphere. The atmosphere was all about protest chants from Gecikondu and Maraton towards management !
As for footie, you can't expect to give a THREE goal start to a team like Antalya and then play 'catch-up' !! A shocking first half display from the Ankaragucu players, and I have to single-out Vittek for a totally clueless performance. Notwithstanding his injury problems this season, I was expecting a lot more from him, but he has failed to deliver and I am expecting to see him 'off-loaded' in the summer. I also expect to see a few of our 'fragile' defenders off-loaded too.
Shipping 62 goals in 34 matches tells the sorry tale of a poor leaky defence. Relegated Konya only conceded 49 goals ! The question therefore arises ........ where would Ankaragucu have been this season without Sapara and Sestak ??!!
Perhaps one of the misplaced features of being an Ankaragucu supporter is that we are always full of expectation and look to the team to come out of 'the traps' like they usually do against the Istanbul teams. When they don't, and perform like they did yesterday in the first half, it is so bloody frustrating and we are left shaking our heads in anger. In fact we saw some of the Anti-X boys take action yesterday and leave the Stadium at half time !
Anyway, 'Oz Kanka Style Rant' over and back to the beginning .........
Only 3 of us kankas showed up yesterday, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Taffy Bach Kanka Richy and yours truly ........... and off we trudged through the sunshine and rain to the Stadium.
Ankaragucu 2 Antalyaspor 3
Ugur, Rajnoch, Aydin and Murat
Gabric, Adem, Kagan and Ozgur
Sestak and Vittek
Substitutes - Bednar, T. Dogan and Bilal
It only took Antalya 3 minutes to launch their first attack and when Tita was put through he outpaced Rajnoch and Co to pick his spot for an easy goal. That should have been a wake-up call but ........ it wasn't heeded. Antalya was moving the ball around and looking confident.
10 minutes later and with their second attack of the match Antalya was 2-0 up. A complete mix-up in the Ankaragucu defence gave Necati all the time in the world to pick his spot and tap in.
Antalya was playing some really impressive possession football and were in total control of the match with Ankaragucu banging their heads against brick walls. Most of the Ankaragucu corners were sent to the near post where they were dealt with easily by Antalya and the free kicks either went sailing over the bar or well past the post. Really pathetic to watch !
35 minutes gone and Bayram made a fantastic save to keep Ankaragucu in the match, but 5 minutes later he brought down Necati when he broke free of the defence and was about to shoot. Penalty ! Fair call by the referee and Necati despatched it with ease.
Half time and a comment from Damon ........ Antalya showed organisation and tenacity in their play. In other words ........ they had what their play deserved, ie, a 3 goal cushion !
Mesut Bey was obviously on the same wavelength as us. Off comes Vittek and Murat and on comes Bednar and Dogan, and what an immediate impact those two made.
The 2nd half was only 1 minute old when a free kick was awared on the left touchline. An inch perfect cross met by Rajnoch and it was game-on !
10 minutes later the 2nd goal arrived and what a fantastic piece of trickery from Dogan as he left 3 defenders in his wake, looked up, and crossed for Bednar to angle a header into the top right hand corner for a peach of a goal.
Richy's comment at this point ....... Roman Bednar - Game Changer !!
It was all Ankaragucu now with wave after wave of attacks coming in. Dogan, Sestak and Bednar all had chances, but the 3rd goal just wouldn't come.
With hand on heart a draw would have been a fair result, but it has to be said AGAIN that a footie match is 90 minutes plus and this is something which Mesut Bey will be working on for next season I'm sure.
Not an auspicious end to the season then. However, I'm sure Mesut Bey knows exactly what is necessary for next season and it is to be hoped that A. Gokcek will give him the wherewithal to bring in the players he needs and wants !!
On another subject, the league championship will be decided tonight and some of us will be in The Fat Cat on Tunali to support Sivas and Trabzon. KOs at 8pm.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim