Saturday, February 18, 2017
Ankaragücü 1-1 Tokatspor!
There has been a real buzz around the club this week with the unbelievable show of support from the Ankara community. The club sold 33,000 tickets for today's match against Tokatspor despite there being a stadium ban.
I can't think of any other times the city has come together t support the club in the 8 years I have been following the club. Today was the perfect opportunity for the Ankaragucu team to thank the fans for their support and put on a performance that merited their loyalty. Instead, we were served the usual turgid, woeful pish that has been on show since the return from the winter break.
Team - Korcan Celikay, Sercan Balci, Alihan Kubalas, Sezgin Coskun, Hursit Tasci, Ferhat Culcuoglu, Harun Aydin, Omer Bozan, Emre Sahin, Kenan Özer, Muharrem Ozan
Subs - Emre Koyuncu, Cenk Kaplan, Emre Kara, Mohammed Gonulacar, Erhan Senturk, Enes Kubat, Orhan Gulle
Ankaragucu sitting 2nd in the league against 2nd bottom Tokatspor before the start of play. The team started in the usual slow and turgid build up play with no final ball or urgency.
The first chance of the game came for Ankaragucu on 14 minutes. A nice cross into the box from Sercan found Muharrem who headed over when he should have done better.
Ankaragucu couldn't get any shots on goal and soon found themselves 1-0 down. Tokatspor were awarded a penalty on the 33rd minute and Ferhat Dumas stepped up calmly and stroked the ball past Korcan.
The only shot on goal Ankaragucu had in the first half fell to Kenan Özer. Another nice ball into the box from Sercan which Kenan volleyed but Atacan made a double save to keep Tokat in front.
Half Time - Ankaragucu 0-1 Tokatspor
Into the second half and there was more urgency from Ankaragucu but again the quality in attack was poor, the final ball and shooting was woeful for a team challenging for the title.
The biggest culprit for missing chances was Muharrem Ozan, he headed a couple of efforts over the bar, one was cleared off the line and nother saved from Atacan. Omer Bozan went close from distance but again Atacan made another good save.
Ankaragucu finally got on level terms in the 90th minute. The referee awarded a penalty which was the correct decision and up stepped Erhan Senturk to fire the ball into the roof of the net to tie the scoring at 1-1.
There was still time for 1 last chance for Ankaragucu, a cross to the back post found an unmarked Ankaragucu player but he headed his effort wide of the post.
Full Time - Ankaragucu 1-1 Tokatspor
Gumushanespor are up against bottom of the league Kayseri Erciyesspor tomorrow and will go 3 points clear with a game in hand. Ismet Tasdemir now finds himself under pressure with some Ankaragucu fans calling for his resignation.