Greetings Kankas and Kankies. Isn't it amazing how things can change so quickly in footie ? 9 months ago it was Ankaragucu giving Ordu a footie lesson in the TRT Cup, but yesterday the boot was on the other foot (excuse the pun !!). Ankaragucu was given a lesson in clinical finishing and can have no complaints about the final score.
ANKARAGUCU 0 Orduspor 3
Team - Bayram, Orhan, Volkan, Umit, Ishak, Bilal, Veli, Serkan, Mert, Hasan and Gokhan.
Teoman, Oguzhan and Metin
Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I met up in the Stadium and it was another case of who was absent rather than who was present - an eerie empty stadium again.
The 200+ Gecikondu Boys kept the singing going during the match and at one stage they had another one of their love-ins with the 100+ Ordu fans in the away end.
Ankaragucu played reasonably well in the first half and could easily have gone in 4-0 up, but for some poor finishing and two great saves from Fevzi.
It wasn't all Ankaragucu though and Bayram was called into action a few times to keep Ankaragucu in the match.
Obviously, the Ordu Coach said some choice words to his team at the interval because they came out a different team. They were stroking the ball around and making Ankaragucu chase the game.
Then 10 minutes in and the normally reliable Bayram made a shocking error of judgement. An Ordu corner was swung over into a crowded penalty box. Bayram came out of his area and punched the ball straight to Javito lurking about 30 yards out and he first timed it in with Bayram stranded and no defender on the goal line !
It was constant pressure from Ordu now who were buzzing and going for the jugular.
Then on the 58 minute mark following a spell of Ordu sustained attacking there were 2 corners. Bayram saved a header from the first one which he managed to tip over the bar. However, from the 2nd corner, Bayram came for the ball, missed it, and with no defender on the goal line (again !), Garcia had the simplest of headers in for No2.
With 15 minutes to go, Ordu was cruising, and at that point I decided to go to the toilet - I said to Damon that Ankaragucu always score when I'm there !! Unfortunately, the goal went in at the other end when, after some bad defending, the impressive Bruno easily beat Bayram to wrap things up.
Ordu ran the clock down and the match petered out.
So, Ankaragucu more or less kissed goodbye to what slim hopes they might have had to progress further in The Mickey Mouse Cup.
The remaining matches could be an opportunity for Hakan Kutlu to experiment with some more Youth Team players.
I think the next round of matches will be played midweek as follows -
Wednesday 2 May - Gencler v Kayseri
Thursday 3 May - Ordu v Ankaragucu
However, I'll confirm this in the comments section with KO times when I'm sure.
PS ..... Sorry about the paragraph thingie - the new blog is supposed to be an improvement, but ..... it's not !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim