Monday, April 22, 2013

Ankaragucu 1-0 Boluspor - Ten men Ankaragucu keep survival hopes alive !

Match Highlights !

You have to go back to April 2009 for the last time Ankaragucu won 3 games in a row. That year they were in the Turkish Super Lig and won 3-2 at home to Eskisehirspor, 2-1 away at Fenerbahce and 1-0 at home to Ankaraspor. Barbaros Barut was part of that Ankaragucu team and tonight he was on the side of Boluspor as Ankaragucu repeated that feat.

Before the match started Mehmet Yiginer announced Giant Screens will show the game live outside the 19 Mayis Stadium and the Ankaragucu fans turned up in their numbers with flares, flags, scarfs and horns to cheer the team on. You could hear them from outside the stadium encouraging the Women and Children who were inside the stadium.

Ankaragucu faced an uphill task right from kick off with 4 players missing due to injury and suspension. Aytac Oden, Gurkan Alver, Hasan Ayaroglu, Serkan Sirin would all have to watch the game on TV. In came Metin Aydin and Mert Erdogan who both had the chance to impress.

Team - Gokhan, Orhan, Mehmet, Metin, Volkan, Gokhan Erdogan, Mert Erdogan, Bilal, Kaan, Timur, Teoman

Subs - Bayram, Batuhan Gulcan, Batuhan Aykildiz, Emre, Bilal Gundogdu, Umut Nayir

Ankaragucu took to the field with the white strips that have been pretty lucky for the team this season when they have worn it.

4 - Bolu cross into the box which is headed back across goal by Cansev but Gokhan Akkan calmly collects the ball.

5 - A minute later Ali Gulzeldal is so close to giving Bolu the lead but his shot is sent inches past the post with Gokhan beaten.

10 - Great move from Ankaragucu which results in a free kick on the edge of the box. Up steps Kaan whose shot is brilliantly saved by Eser who tips the ball round the post.

12 - Throw in into the box is laid off by Timur for Teoman who shoots high and wide.

13 - Good move from Bolu which finds Iskander unmarked but he drags his shot wide.

34 - Great chance for Ankaragucu, Excellent move involving Timur and Mert who found Teoman in the box with a fantastic pass, but Teoman put his shot wide of the post when it looked easier to score.

35 - Ali Gulzeldal blasts his free kick well over the crossbar.

41 - Kaan shoots from outside the box but Eser makes a good save and holds onto the ball.

44 - Mistake in the box by Metin as he miss hit his clearance, young Gokhan Akkan is alert and manages to clear the ball.

Half Time - Ankaragucu 0-0 Boluspor

56 - Ankaragucu are reduced to 10 men as Kaan is shown the red card for a challenge on Barbaros Barut. Looks a harsh decision but when your studs are shown it leaves you open to danger.

64 - Emre Tasdemir replaces Teoman

65 - Good move from Boluspor but Cihan Yilmaz shoots wide with his shot deflected for a corner.

66 - Cross into the box headed inches wide of the post by Savas.

73 - Excellent move from Gokhan Erdogan and Timur who took on the whole Boluspor midfield and defence but Eser makes a great save from Timur. So unlucky.

76 - Emre breaks into the box and shoots for Bolu but Gokhan makes a good save.

85 - Mert goes close from distance but his shot saved again by Eser.

86 - Counter attack from Boluspor which ends in a fantastic save from Gokhan Akkan, what a future this kid has.

88 - Nice play again from Bilal and Timur, the later has a chance to shoot but instead tries to square the ball for Emre but the ball is cleared behind for a corner.

89 - Ankaragucu 1-0 Boluspor !! Corner from Bilal Gulden met by the head of Gokhan Erdogan and the ball goes past Eser this time into the top corner. The Ankaragucu team go wild in celebrations, fantastic scenes in Ankara.

90 - Final Whistle, Ankaragucu have done it with 10 men against all odds. What a performance.

Another fantastic performance from this young Ankaragucu team. Mustafa Kaplan was on the pitch with the players and coaches at the end of the match celebrating. What a job this man has done and this young team no matter what happens can hold their heads high and know Ankara is proud of them.

Man of the Match - The whole Ankaragucu team :-)


  1. What a fantastic weekend. Well done Ankaragucu!!!

  2. That performance was the reason I support the Sari Lacivert absolutely inspiring. Just wish the matches arent at 3am Sydney time anymore !!! Doesnt help when kartalspor and the rest of the teams pick up points you wouldnt think they would get !

  3. Agreed Ante, we have a tough game at the weekend with Rizespor who are playing for the championship. Tough game but if we keep playing the way we have been we can do it. You must be so tired watching at that time ? Lol

  4. Rize look really good especially with Cernat coming in from Karabuk. The performance was outstanding though and we could have bagged 2 or 3 more ! I drew myself a calender of all the matches and it looks tough, especially with the other teams'matches. I know I am absolutely dead I have training later on but that win has kept me going !

    ps thank god simultaneous 9pm kick offs next week

  5. Great report as usual from Nadeem. Well done bro !

    Teoman let me down on the 34th minute mark and spoiled one of my predictions !! At least I predicted an Ankaragucu win !

    I'm sorry to say that the Referee (who otherwise had a good match) got the red card wrong. Perhaps showing studs could have been a yellow, but Kaan made contact with the ball before Barbaros, and if the referee had been fully alert he could have seen that there was nothing malicious in Kaan's challenge. I know the Ref don't have the luxury of a replay, but before bringing out RED you must be 100% sure. That is a golden rule taught on the Referees Courses !

    Gokhan's goal was a classic. An angled header (well meant) which totally deceived the full back supposedly protecting the near post and the goalkeeper.

    Perhaps a few weeks ago we would have raised our eyes to the sky in trepidation when we had to go to Rize. However, this team need fear nobody now. Kaplan must take them there next weekend with an attacking formation and go for it !

  6. Thanks Jim and well done on your predictions :-)

    Mehemt yiginer has paid the players 5000 tl per player as a win bonus. Agree with Ante cernat is a great player and im really surprised he took the step down from karabul to rize.