Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ultimately Ankaragucu succummed to two clinically constructed and well taken goals from Fenerbahce. However, it might so eaily have been a different tale had Ankaragucu taken a few of their many chances.
The Ankaragucu players can hold their heads up after giving Fenerbahce a few scares, especially in the 2nd half when some of their footie was a delight to watch. They had Fenerbahce on the back-foot and wavering right up until that 2nd goal went in.
Ankaragucu 0 Fenerbahce 2
Bayram, Veli, Aydin, Umit, Ishak, Serkan, Mert, Bilal, Gokhan, Serol and Atilla.
Substitutes - Orhan and Abdullah
Two of the kankas were on the sick-list yesterday and were unable to make it to the Stadium. Battle Damaged Kanka Damon at home recovering from a back injury and yours truly in The Chopin. No name kanka Simon was in the Stadium and ..... shock horror .... surprise surprise ...... Maniac Kanka Harun phoned me 5 minutes before KO to say he was also in the Stadium.
Ankaragucu started the match in full on attack and almost opened the scoring in the 1st minute when Bilal had a goal bound shot well saved by Volkan. However, after the initial 5 minutes flurry, Fenerbahce gradually took control and started spraying passes all over the place. With Man of the Match Captain Aydin back in the centre of defence they held firm and it was not until the 15th minute that Fenerbahce was able to unlock the defence.
I have to say it was a great sweeping move started on the half way line which saw the ball brought forward with some great passes to the feet of Sow who fired in a great goal to the top right with Bayram well beaten.
Fenerbahce held sway for the remainder of the half with only sporadic Ankaragucu attacks and the half time whistle came with only one goal in it. I was thinking .... we could snatch a draw out of this Fenerbahce team.
Into the 2nd half and again Ankaragucu were first out of the traps with 2 great chances to equalise in the first three minutes. Volkan made a great save from the first and then Ishak's goal bound shot was luckily deflected off a bemused defender for a corner. If only !
Ankaragucu was a different team now and Fenerbahce was doing their best to slow the match down and take control again. Even Captain Aydin was up joining in on some of the attacks and I felt a goal was coming.
However, it wouldn't come due to unlucky and poor finishing and good defending, and then the sucker punch arrived with 20 minutes to go. Against the run of play, Fenerbahce brought the ball out of defence in a sweeping move reminiscent of the first goal and there was Topuz to fire in with the Ankaragucu defence caught square.
True enough, Fenerbahce had the lions share of possession during the match 60-40, but Ankaragucu's never say die spirit was again in evidence and on any other day they might have claimed a deserved victory, or at the very least, a share of the spoils.
Hakan Kutlu has moulded these young lads into a reasonable team, and looking to the future, this augers well for next season in the very competative Bank Aysa League. Hopefully the Club can keep them on the 'payroll' !!!
I should mention that Gecikondu set off some flares in the last 5 minutes of the match but the TV cameras couldn't pierce the smoke ! Perhaps Simon can expand further on what happened (if anything) at the end of the match.
Anyway, well done Ankaragucu. You certainly didn't play like a team propping the league up !!!
Next weekend Ankaragucu is away to brother team Bursa. Details in the comments section when I have them.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim