Ankaragucu victors in local derby!
Ankaragucu made it 5 wins in a row with a 2-1 win down the road at Etimesgut. There were a couple of injury blows with Erhan Senturk ruled out due to injury and Serkan Balci injured during the warm up. In came Cenk Kaplan and Mustafa Ozturk to taken their place and help Ankaragucu secure the 3 points.
Team - Emrah Tuncel, Cenk Kaplan, Sezgin Coskun, Alihan Kubalas, Onur Atasayer, Ferhat Culcuoglu, Harun Aydin, Orhan Gulle, Omer Bozan, Mustafa Ozturk, Muharrem Cengiz Ozan
Subs - Emre Koyuncu, Adem Saglam, Omer Bayramoglu, Murat Yilmaz, Ahmet Yazar, Emre Sahin
One noticeable difference this season with Ankaragucu is the strength in depth they have within the squad which has been missing since 3 years ago when we lost in the playoffs. Losing key players such as Enes Kubat, Erhan Senturk and Serkan Balci is always going to be tough, but when you have replacements such as Cenk, Mustafa and Muharrem it softens the blow.
I didn't manage to see any of the match today as there weren't any decent live links to follow. Etimesgut did miss a penalty on 22nd minute with Emrah saving his 2nd penalty of the season.
Ankaragucu took the lead after 34 minutes through Orhan Gulle who scored his first goal for the club. They only had to wait 10 minutes for their second as the impressive Onur Atasayer made it 2-0.
The scores remained that way until the 90th minute when Former Ankaragucu striker Emrah Bozkurt scored a consolation goal for the home side. The Ankaragucu fans took a huge away support with health and safety coming into question as a number of Ankaragucu fans looked like they managed to sneak in with the away allocation sold out.
Gumushanespor also won today to remain joint top with a 1-0 win over Karsiyaka. They are already showing they won't let Ankaragucu have it all their own way and it looks like we could have a two horse race for the title.
Next up is 1461 Trabzon on Wednesday night, and the good news is that the fans can attend the game for the first time this season with the 5 match stadium ban now finished. Jim will have the match report for the first time this season also and let's hope it's a positive report and 3 points.