Ankaragucu 3-2 1461 Trabzon match report !
A 5 goal thriller in Ankara today as Ankaragucu won 3-2 against 1461 Trabzon in a remarkable match. Thanks to Damon who helped do tonights report as i could only see bits of the game while at work. Thankfully i saw every goal, and all 3 Ankaragucu goals are contenders for goal of the season. Both Volkan Geyik and Enes Kubat were missing through suspension and were replaced with Orhan Evci and Mert Erdogan.
Team - Bayram, Orhan, Aytac, Gurkan, Mehmet, Gokhan, Bilal, Mert, Kaan, Serkan, Timur
Subs - Gokhan Akkan, Teoman, Emre, Aykildiz, Umut, Metin, Gundogdu
On Friday night the Ankaragucu management team and players gathered for a feast to help team morale, they shared the same views as Mustafa Kaplan that the team needed to win todays game otherwise we would go down. It was also Orhan Evci's 21st Birthday today as the team entered the field in a new all white strip. Damon mentioned that we should maybe wear this more often as it has brought some good luck.
The one thing that no one can have a go about this Ankaragucu team about, is the commitment and work rate shown by the players, and today was no different. Straight from kick off the team tried to play football and closed down the Trabzon players at every opportunity, where as Trabzon were looking to play the long ball from the back and use their wide players.
Ankaragucu were awarded for their high tempo pressure with a fantastic goal after 18 minutes, Bilal Gulden who has been arguably the teams best player of late blasted the ball from 25 yards into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. As you can see above he dedicated his goal to his friend Orhan Evci.
The score stayed that way until the 39th minute when a lovely ball into the box was met by the head of Mustafa Tiryaki and the ball glanced past Bayram. Five minutes later Chikeluba Ofoedu gathered the ball just past the half way line, he advanced with the ball before shooting from 25 yards into the top corner past Bayram. Another excellent goal in the match and 1461 would go in at half time 2-1 up.
Half Time 2-1
Ankaragucu came out for the second half and again tried to play football from the back to the front, Gokhan Erdogan missed a glorious chance from 5 yards out and saw his shot come back off the post. A minute later Ankaragucu had Bayram to thank as he saved two 1 on 1 chances with two excellent saves.
Then came the turning point, The ball was floated into the back post for Teoman who had come on to replace Mert, he collided with Ozturk the Trabzon Goalkeeper, whilst down on the ground Ozturk and Timur exchanged words with each other, the referee then red carded Ozturk for what is believed to be serious foul language.
At this point with ten minutes to go, one of my friends in work asked me the score, i told him we were 2-1 down. We both said you never hear of teams scoring 2 goals late on to win a match any more, the smile on my face at full time and the celebrations in my work are the highlight of the season. With the game 2 minutes into injury time Ankaragucu were awarded a free kick, for some reason i just believed Kaan would score, up he stepped from 30 yards to send a fantastic curling shot into the top corner to win Ankaragucu a point, or so we thought !!!
Straight from kick off Ankaragucu won the ball, it was sent forward to Timur Ozgoz and the German striker smashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards, the celebrations in my work could be felt in Ankara. And the celebrations of the team were a joy to watch. Ankaragucu won 3-2 at home to one of the leagues best teams and what a match it was.
Damon mentioned that the Trabzon players and coaching staff were all gracious in defeat and even praised the Ankaragucu team. Also Mustafa Kaplan broke down in tears he was that proud of the team. Jim said earlier not to get to carried away, and i agree. We have an important match next Sunday at Gaziantep BB. We need to win back to back games. That is now 3 games undefeated and there is s bit of hope that Ankaragucu can perform the miracle of all miracles and avoid relegation.
If we stay up or we go down i will still be proud of the Manager, players and fans, we are Ankaragucu and no one can take that away ! Saldir Ankaragucu !!!!