Greetings kankas and kankies.
With Gumushane involved in a Cup Match today it was an opportunity for Ankaragucu to return to the top of the league and they duly did, but not without some nervous moments in the 2nd half. As Scouse Kanka Marcus said at the end of the match ............. ‘Ankaragucu flattered to deceive’ ! In fairness though, Ankaragucu took their chances well and we shouldn’t be too critical.
ANKARAGUCU 3 Inegolspor 0
The kankas met up at the Sports Cafe and in the Stadium – Maniac Kanka Harun, Posh Kanka Ahmet, Scouse Kanka Marcus and Battle Damaged Kanka Damon. An impressive crowd today with Gecikondu and Maraton full. There were about 30 ‘silent’ fans in the away end !
Ankaragucu opened the scoring in the 6th minute, but it was ruled out for offside or an infringement, but I didn’t see it and would be interested to know what the problem was..
Inegol almost opened the scoring 4 minutes later when an attacker hit the bar with his header.
Three more chances fell to Ankaragucu before the goal finally arrived. Muharrem’s header was saved and Omer firstly shot straight at the goalkeeper and then hit the bar from a free kick.
Two minutes before half time and ‘new boy’ Emre Kara made the break through. He won the ball in the penalty area and showing great determination rode three tackles before firing in under the goalkeeper’s diving body. An all round excellent performance from Emre today and definitely our Man of the Match !
Just before the half time whistle Muhammed had a chance when he received a pin point pass from Omer but he skied the ball over.
Inegol came out for the 2nd half and pushed Ankaragucu back into defensive mode, but the Ankaragucu defence held firm with goalkeeper Korcan in dominate form.
It took until 10 minutes before the end for Ankaragucu to have their first shot on target in the 2nd half but it was saved.
It was all Inegol pressure in the last 10 minutes with them desperately seeking the equaliser and it almost arrived in the 89th minute when a goal bound free kick just outside the box was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Korcan.
With Inegol pressing forward it allowed Ankaragucu to breakaway and substitute Kenan was put through with a defence splitting pass. He held his nerve, rounded the goalkeeper and stroked the ball in the settle our nerves !
Then, into time added on, another breakaway with Enes on a one-to-one with the goalkeeper and he coolly shot to the right beyond the goalkeeper’s outstretched arm to put a gloss on the scoreline !
So, 3 goals and 3 points, but Ankaragucu must not allow Gumushane next weekend the space they gave to Inegol today in the 2nd half. Gumushane still have a one point advantage over Ankaragucu if they win their game in hand, so returning from the Black Sea next week with 3 points is vital.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim