ANKARAGUCU EXIT THE TURKISH CUP WITH PRIDE INTACT
Team - Bayram Olgun, Metin Aydin, Aydin Toscali, Volkan Geyik, Mehmet Tasci, Mert Erdogan, Serhat Gulpinar, Gokhan Erdogan, Emre Tasdemir, Ibrahim Sahin, Veli Torun
Subs Used - Bilal Gundogdu, Teoman Erkan, Batuhan Aykildiz
Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Sivas 3 ANKARAGUCU 1 (After Extra Time)
Giving the fringe players a run-out in the 3rd Round of the Turkish Cup is a great tactic when it is obvious to everyone that promotion to the PTT League is Ankaragucu's priority. The Turkish Cup Final will be contested between two Super League teams, so this is a journey of experience for the players in what they are likely to come up against in the seasons ahead.
Well done to AHaber TV for showing the match live and this will be a brief report.
The match got underway with Sivas taking the initiative and in the 3rd minute Bayram was called upon to make a save from a goal bound effort.
10 minutes in and it is fairly even with Ankaragucu holding their own. Great to hear the Ankaragucu supporters making their presence 'heard' !
However, Sivas is starting to take control at the half way mark in the 1st half with most of the possession and goal efforts, but to their credit, Ankaragucu is still attacking when possible.
Approaching half time and from a left wing cross-cum-shot, Bayram saved and the ball was cleared to safety.
Well done Ankaragucu going in 0-0 at half time, especially with Sivas having 65% of possession.
Man of the Match so far is definitely Captain Aydin who is playing a stormer in defence. Emre is also having a good match and continuing from where he left off last weekend against Pazarspor. However, I have to say that Ibrahim Sahin is too slow for a striker and looks out of his depth here.
I expect Sivas to up the pace in the 2nd half and make their pressure count.
Into the 2nd half then and it was almost the breakthrough for Sivas from the kick-off. A blatant miss in front of goal, first from a header, and then with a gaping goal with only Bayram to beat, the Sivas attacker shot wide.
53rd minute, and from an Ankaragucu breakaway, Mert's shot from outside the box was just inches over the bar with the goalkeeper clawing air.
61st minute and Gokhan has to go off injured with Akyildiz replacing him.
70th minute, and Goooooooooooooool …................ against the run of play.
A great defence splitting pass from Sahin (I don't retract what I said earlier !) to Emre who controlled the ball and placed it in the corner of the goal with the goalkeeper getting a slight touch.
72nd minute and almost the equaliser but the effort well saved by Bayram.
75th minute and Veli goes off injured to be replaced by Bilal.
84th minute and Sahin goes off (at last !) to be replaced by Teoman.
87th minute and …..... it eventually came after sustained pressure from Sivas. A cross from the right and a precision header from the Nigerian forward, John, into the path of the unmarked Hakan who blasted in for the equaliser.
To be honest, it is no more than Sivas deserve for their continual attacking play. Their 62% possession at this stage says it all.
5 minutes of time added on and this is nail biting stuff.
Another crucial tackle from Aydin to prevent a shot on goal. Definitely Man of the Match.
In the last minute now and some tired legs in the Ankaragucu team. I think they are running on adrenalin. Ahhhhhh ….... shit …....... Teoman missed an open goal at the end !!!!
Well done Ankaragucu for a great team performance and, for once, we can praise our normally leaky defence !
It's into Extra Time now …..........
106th minute and a scrappy goal to put Sivas ahead. A cross came in from the right, which was headed backwards to a Sivas forward who shot. Bayram parried the save, but into the path of Aydin who couldn't prevent the ball crossing the line. A pure accident on Aydin's behalf and a real sickner.
Sivas was running the match down now, but all credit to Ankaragucu for still plugging away with obviously tired legs.
Almost at the final whistle now and a catalogue of errors allowed Sivas in for a 3rd goal. A free kick for Ankaragucu just outside the Sivas box had all the Ankaragucu players up for it, including Bayram, who eventually retreated to near the half way line.
However, the free kick was cleared and the ball moved quickly down the right and over Bayram who was scampering back to no avail. The ball was despatched into an empty net to seal Ankaragucu's exit from the Cup.
A great effort by Ankaragucu but it is obvious that the Coach needs to work on their fitness. There are too many 'slow coaches' in the team !!! Who knows what might have happened if Levent and Umut had been playing ??!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim