Karabukspor 2-0 Ankaragucu match report!
It was a brave and spirited performance from a depleted Ankaragucu side in testing conditions after heavy snow threatened to postpone the game. The Karabuk groundsmen did a great job to ensure the game went ahead but it was difficult to even watch the game on TV as the Ankaragucu white shirts blended in with the white pitch.
Team - Gokhan Akkan, Metin Aydin, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Onur Atasayer, Harun Aydin, Hasan Ayaroglu, Gokhan Erdogan, Teoman Erkan, Levent Kale, Umut Nayir
Subs - Turgut Kirvelli, Ramazan Adiguzel, Batuhan Gulcan, Hasan Kaya, Ali Sinan Gayla
New coach Aykan Atik couldn't even name 7 substitutes as this Ankaragucu team gets smaller as the weeks go by, he can however be pleased with the way his team performed and questions must be asked why the team cant perform like this every week.
Both Hasan Ayaroglu and Harun Aydin were excellent in the middle of the park, while Volkan Geyik put in his best performance of the season with a commanding performance at the back. Teoman Erkan worked tirelessly up front but yet again Levent Kale will be disappointed by his performance.
The first real chance of the game fell to Ankaragucu after 14 minutes when a lovely Hasan corner was met by the head of Umut Nayir who headed over the crossbar when he should have done better.
A couple of minutes later and Ankaragucu nearly scored again following another excellent Hasan corner. The ball eventually found its way to an Ankaragucu player in the box who back healed the ball towards the net but the Karabukspor defender cleared the ball off the line.
Ankaragucu continued to push for that opening goal and Gokhan Erdogan almost got lucky as his cross nearly caught the Goalkeeper out at his front post but it clipped the bar and went over.
It was all Ankaragucu with the home side not having a single effort on goal, next up was a well worked free kick by Hasan and Levent who chipped the ball into the box for another headed effort to go over the crossbar.
Just before half time Ankaragucu should have taken the lead, a good ball into the box found its way to Volkan Geyik who headed over the crossbar when it looked easier to score.
Karabukspor 2-0 Ankaragucu
Into the second half and with their first effort on goal Karabukspor took the lead. Emre Ozcan stepped up to take a free kick from a tight angle, he looked to cross the ball into the box and the ball went straight into the net with Gokhan Akkan having misjudged the flight of the ball. A real blow to the Ankaragucu players going behind after all their hard work.
Karabukspor had another couple of chances through Turgay Bahadir and Joseph Akpala who both should have scored but poor finishing saw the score remain the same.
Ankaragucu failed to create any chances in the second half as the snow looked to have taken a lot out of the legs of the players. Onur Atasayer went off injured after a poor challenge on him witch went unpunished by the referee.
Batuhan Gulcan came onto make his debut and big things are expected from the talented teenager.
Karabukspor finished the game off in the last minute of the game, young Batuhan lost the ball and from the counter attack Onur Ayik put the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0 Karabukspor.
A disappointing result as the team put in so much effort, but as so often the case, if you don't finish your chances and don't defend properly for 90 minutes you won't get anything from matches against superior opposition.
Next up for Ankaragucu is the Congress on the 10th January which is one of the most important days in the clubs history. Depending on the outcome from that, the next home match is on 18th January at home against Kahramanmarasspor in a relegation 6 pointer.