Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The Karabuk v Ordu 0-0 draw last night eased Ankaragucu into Sunday's final.
However, the match was not without its heart-stopping moments. Ordu hit the woodwork and had a goal bound effort cleared off the line by a defender who was doing what he was supposed to do, ie, support his goalkeeper.
Taken as a whole, the match was played at a pedestrian pace, but having said that, all credit to Karabuk for a back-foot defensive display. However, they will have to 'up their game' if they are to survive in the Super League this season.
The Mersin v Sivas match was a different story. Mersin is the team which has caught the eye in this tournament. Their midfield, and especially attack, are very pacey and the two young African boys (Kamernun and Ozo'something') up front are causing panic whenever they get the ball. They also have some 'olde heads' around them, notably Nobre and Polat. If there is a weakness in the team it is their defence which looked a bit flat-footed at times last night.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw but Sivas was always chasing the game even though, to their credit, they never gave up.
The Mersin goals were classics. The first, a typical Nobre bullet header from a pin-point cross from the left. The second was a piece of pure brilliance from Kamernun when he took a pass and first-timed a lob over the despairing goalkeeper who had failed to clear initially.
So, it's an Ankaragucu v Mersin final and I'm sure Mesut Bey will have watched some of the Mersin action and be prepared for Mersin coming out of the traps fast like they did against Gencler. He must also make a plan to counter the threat of the two African boys up front.
It promises to be an interesting and entertaining final on Sunday KO 9pm.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim