Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler retained the TSYD Cup last night with a professional hatchet job against the Ankaragucu 'Young Boys' !
Genclerbirligi 2 Ankaragucu 0
Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Izmir Kanka Onur and I met up in The Chopin for the usual pre-match 'refreshments' and then took off for the Stadium.
A very poor crowd for an evening match. However, to answer Damon's question, a much improved turnout from the Gencler fans - up from the usual 13 to 39 !!!
Ankaragucu Gecikondu Boys were well represented and in full voice in the first half, silent in the 2nd half and absent half way through the 2nd half ! Anti-X and Sokak were absent, so Maraton was not busy, and there were only a few in Kapali.
Gencler took control of the match from the outset and never let go. The fact that only 2 goals were scored was down to abysmal finishing, especially in the 2nd half when 3 'sitters' were blasted over when it would have been easier to tap-in. Also, perhaps Cavcav told the players to ease off in the 2nd half ?!
Horseshit (oooops.... sorry ....... I mean Hursit) was everywhere and looked dangerous - some of his long passes were top drawer. The 2 lanky Africans were pacey and will cause defences some problems this season. The No 9 (name ?) stood out too. His ball control was exceptional and he was a constant threat to the Ankaragucu back line. So, lots of positives to take for the season for Gencler on this excellent team performance.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Ankaragucu. Notwithstanding that the team was unrecognisable, they played like lost sheep and were totally out of their depth. However, that is not meant as a serious criticism. With the right coaching, some of them may well progress to the Senior Team in the future.
Looking forward to Saturday's match against Mersin, it remains to be seen if 'Coach-less' Ankaragucu has any senior players left ! If not, they will be in serious trouble, bearing in mind how the 2 Mersin Africans and Nobre tore the Gencler defence apart in the Captial City Cup last month.
So, well done Gencler. A well deserved and professional performance.
It is now 10 years since Ankaragucu won the Ankara TSYD Cup which is an embarrassing statistic. The Capital City Cup win is now a distant memory !
Next Saturday we will meet in The Chopin or The Beer Bus at about 5pm and go to the Stadium at 7pm. We are holding our breath to see what the line-up will look like !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim