Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Yes, Ankaragucu avoided the relegation dog-fight today with a rather fortunate win in their last home match of the season.
ANKARAGUCU 3 Nazillispor 1
A good turn-out of kankas today contrasted with a poor turn-out elsewhere in the Stadium, with even Gecikondu only a quarter full. There were 20 in the away end and not a squeak was heard from them throughout !
Maniac Kanka Harun, Gorgeous Kankies Hatice and I met-up in the Amateur Stadium for tea and were treated to some excellent footie by Ucbasspor who were 2-0 up at half time with their No10 a possible Ankaragucu striker !
Into the Stadium where we met-up with Apple Kanka Erman, Barnsley Kanka Nigel, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and Cider Kanka John.
Ankaragucu lost the toss and attacked the Gecikondu end, and it only took 10 minutes for the opening goal to arrive. A cross came in from the right straight to the unmarked Levent who stroked the ball in at ground level to leave the goalkeeper helpless.
It has to be said that the goal was against the run of play with Nazilli looking dangerous, but their finishing was abysmal, but they should have equalised on the 23rd minute mark after some sloppy Ankaragucu defending.
One minute later came the referee’s most controversial decision of the match when he decided that Summer had arrived and gave the players a 3 minute ‘water break’. I’m not sure that I agree with that decision, but I can at least concede that Spring may have arrived at last !!
Approaching half time and yet another Nazilli attack fizzled out when an attacker blasted over. However, just before the half time whistle, Nazilli did find the target, but Gokhan made his first crucial save to deny them, and as I said before, their shooting was woeful.
Into the 2nd half and from the re-start, surprise ............. surprise .......... Teoman won a tackle in the opposing half, played a 1-2 with Hasan, but the goalkeeper dived bravely at his feet as he was about to shoot to save well.
5 minutes later a comment from Maniac Kanka ................ quote ...... Hasan Ayaroglu is having a shocker ......... unquote. Frowns of disapproval from Battle Damaged Kanka !!!
Nazilli had another great chance on the 70th minute mark when a shot came in on the left side of the penalty area, but the ball hit the post and went out of play.
10 minutes later it should have been 2-0 when a great cross came in from the left to the unmarked Ramazan, but he ballooned the ball over.
5 minutes from the final whistle and the game was still in the balance when Ankaragucu had a penalty claim. The attacker was pulled back in the box, but he made a meal of it by falling down dramatically and the referee quite righty waved the claims for a penalty away !
However, 5 minutes later with the clock ticking-down, Emir was blatantly pulled down in the box and this time the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot ! Hasan Ayaroglu stepped up and shot to the left and the ball went in off the post. Whew !! Relief all round, especially for Hasan who avoided more aggro from Maniac Kanka !!!
Into time added-on and just as we were getting ready to leave, up pops Aytac in the box to hit a shot into the roof of the net to surprise us all. Unbelievable scoreline, and no sooner had we finished celebrating deep into time added-on, than Nazilli broke away and fired in a consolation goal with the Ankaragucu defence still celebrating, or sleeping, or perhaps their concentration was on the clock !
Back to The Chopin to celebrate a rare victoreeeee and make plans for next weekend and the final match of the season against Kizilcahamam.
The good news is that it will be played in Golbasi Stadium, so the Kankas ‘are up for it’ and our 2nd away match of the season. Details to follow here and on fb.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim