Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
It was an unbelievable sight when the TV cameras showed up the 4 Eylul Stadium prior to KO. It was a total whiteout with the white stuff pissing down, one tractor trying to clear the lines and groundsmen putting some 'black stuff' down on the lines. My question ..... why was this left to the last minute ?! The referee did well to allow the match to proceed, or was it a Digiturk decision (Eski the Cynic !) ??!!
Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I were joined by some of Eski's students and friends in The Chopin - Abby (from 'upstate' New York !), Gaia (from Michigan - it's in Canada ..... right ??!!), Cody (no relation to Buffalo Bill !) and Max (can't say what he is doing here .... it's very secretive !!).
Mehmet, Aydin, Bilal and Ishak
Kaan, Gokhan, Umit and Muhammed
Keles and Turgut
Substitutes - Serkan, Atilla and Mert
Sivasspor 3 Ankaragucu 0
Ankaragucu had their only serious chance of the match in the 10th minute when Atilla (Sivas goalkeeper) made a hash of clearing the ball in the slippery snowy goal area and Keles latched onto it and hit an angled goalbound shot which was cleared off the line by a covering defender.
From that point on it was all Sivas who mastered the atrocious conditions much better than Ankaragucu.
Ankaragucu was blown away in the space of 2 first half minutes. First, in the 14th minute from a Sivas corner, Eneramo was allowed a free header despite the fact that he was surrounded by FOUR Ankaragucu defenders ! 2 minutes later a classic goal. The break on the left, then the cut-back for the impressive Grosicki to score an easy goal.
Bora saved further blushes in the 37th minute when he got down bravely to smother the ball with Grosicki on a one-on-one with Bora.
Ankaragucu was a disorganised rabble with passes going astray, pumping high balls out of defence anywhere and no cohesion in their play. On the other hand, Sivas players were first into the tackle and spreading the ball around - usually down the left wing where most of the damage was done.
Half time came as a relief !
The blizzard relented and after the groundstaff had worked on the pitch, we were able to see green grass for the first time.
I think Digiturk summed-up the way the match was going in the 55th minute ................ 209 passes made by Sivas and ........... 58 by Ankaragucu !
10 minutes later it was all over when from a right wing attack came the inevitable cut-back for Cihan to shoot under Bora's diving body to put the match beyond Ankaragucu.
I don't think Ankaragucu can play as badly as this again, but if they do next Sunday, it will be a punishing afternoon against high flying Gencler.
The bottom 3 Clubs are gradually losing touch with the pack and nothing less than a winning streak will help Ankaragucu's cause now.
I'll be watching Hibs climb up the table next weekend in Edinburgh, so your reporter for the Ankaragucu v Gencler match will be Battle Damaged Kanka Damon.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim