Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Only 2 games remaining as Ankaragucu seek their place back amongst Turkeys elite, with the club from the Capital in pole position ahead of promotion rivals Umraniyespor and Boluspor. Two wins will seal the deal for Ankaragucu after 6 years away from top flight football and they are in control of their own destiny. The two matches come against Manisaspor who sit 2nd bottom of the table losing their last 7 games and conceding 31 goals. The other comes against 4th bottom Adana Demirspor at home next weekend.
If someone had offered you to be in that position before the season started you would have bitten their hand off. This is Ankaragucu though and we all know how unpredictable they can be, letting you down when you get your hopes up, or winning against the odds.
Some credit must go to Ismail Kartal who had come under a lot of criticism since the start of the year, some of which was deserved due to awful performances and results. Since the Boluspor defeat, the team has won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 7 games. Umraniyespor on the way have dropped points which Ankaragucu have managed to take advantage of and now sit 1 point above with 2 games remaining. Boluspor arent out of the race yet as they are only 3 points behind Ankaragucu.
Ankaragucu will travel to Manisa this Saturday knowing a victory will take them one big step closer to the Super Lig. Mehmet Yiginer has already stated they will build a team that will compete for a Top 5 place in the Super Lig if we win promotion.
Manisaspor as mentioned earlier are 2nd bottom and already relegated to Lig 1. Thea team is made up of mostly youth players as the club are in a bad way financially. There shouldn't be too much problems in this one for Ankargucu but as we have seen all to often in football, especially with Ankaragucu upsets can happen.
Slavko Perovic is the key player for Manisaspor and has had a respectable season scoring 8 goals despite all the problems Manisa have had.
Ankaragucu will again be without Anton Putsila who is suspended, and will likely again go with the same team that produced a fantastic 4-0 win over Gazisehir last weekend. Lanre Kehinde, Ilhan Parlak and Umut Nayir all impressed in attack, while Mbamba Kibong had his best performance in an Ankaragucu shirt. Mbamba has had a disappointing season due to injury which has prevented any real consistency, but he showed his key qualities last weekend and will be an important player again.
Another large contingent of Ankaragucu fans are expected for the trip to Manisa as a win for Ankaragucu could see them promoted this weekend if Bolu and Umraniyespor both drop points. Come on Ankaragucu lets get back to where we belong.
Monday, April 23, 2018
The National Anthem pre-match !
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Kayserispor 3 - 2 Genclerbirligi
Bernard and me made it down to the Alerta to escape Ankara's harsh spring conditions and for our trouble we got a pretty boring first 20 minutes.
Kayseri dominated possession but weren't really doing all that much. We had a couıple of goes... but again, not much happening until Kayseri scored after a goal mouth scramble following a freekick.
Gencler tried to counter but looked very tired towards the half-time break and just as soon as Bernard mentioned that half-time couldn't come fast enough for Gencler, our defenders fell asleep and let an easy one through.
Two-nil at half time and all seemed lost.
But then came a bit of a fightback. We started playing the better football and we were deservedly awarded a penalty when one of our players was taken out in the box.
Sessegnon calmly put it away and we continued battling on.
Then came our second shoot yourself in the foot moment when our defence was just rubbish. arrggghhjjj
So, it was 3-1 and just to keep us awake Skuletic clawed one back.
Time was late and Gencler were on the attack, just seconds left and a long ball is sent in and the ball is put into the back of the net. The Alerta erupted in joy. Replays showed he was offside.
Next week is the big one. Genclerbirligi v Osmanlispor.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Monday, April 09, 2018
Genclerbirligi 1 - 0 Galatasaray
I don't have a season ticket anymore but looking at the rather large crowds at the 19 Mayis tonight I was feeling a it jealous. Instead I joined a packed crowd at the Alerta Pub and sat back for what I expected to be a humiliating defeat.
Instead of that we got some good play from Gencler. We should have gone ahead in the 12th minute when Deniz Yilmaz slipped over instead of shooting. Bloody annoying.
Galatasaray took control for most of the match. They had something like 80 percent possession but they didn't really test us. It was Gencler who looked the more likely to score a number of times thanks to some great counterattacks.
|Karakizil fans celebrate with flares.|
But nothing was happening...
Until the very end in the 92nd minute when Alper Uludag managed to get the ball past the Galatasaray keeper.
The Alerta Pub erupted, as I'm sure the 19 Mayis Stad did as well. This was amazing stuff. Galatasaray were all over us but we somehow managed to pull it off. I haven't seen a reply of the goal yet. But from what I saw the angle wasn't the easiest.
So... out of the relegation zone... for the moment!
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Half time photo - with 'half smiles' !!! The singing and dancing comes later !!!
Monday, April 02, 2018
Ankaragucu fanatiks happy smiley faces outside the Kara Simit Cafe BEFORE kick-off !!!!
Sunday, April 01, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Feast your eyes on the photos of the wedding of the year ! The handsome Nadeem with his beautiful bride, Rebecca.
Just another excuse for us kankas to celebrate on Sunday when we will also be celebrating Ankaragucu's win against Denizli. This will be an extra wedding present for Nadeem from the team !!!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
Sunday, March 25, 2018
It would be remiss of The Round Ball in Ankara to overlook this special day for one of our special kankas and regular reporters.
As you regular readers know, he has been a rock for Ankaragucu for many years now with his reporting, especially his previews and reports of away matches.
Also, he has visited us here in Ankara on ...... I've lost count ........... 4 occasions over the years to attend Ankaragucu matches and he is now a well known and famous figure in all the tribunes. Hopefully he will be able to visit us again before this season ends ??!!
So, Nadeem, on behalf of all the kankas, and ........... all the Ankaragucu fanatiks out there who read our blog, we wish you and the lovely Rebecca a long and happy marriage together. Also, dare I mention that we look forward to the day when we can see a Mini Bellshill Kanka appearing on the scene to keep up the tradition of Iskocya/Ankaragucu kankas ??!!!
All the best to Nadeem and Rebecca from The Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi Kanka Group and all associated with The Round Ball in Ankara.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Remember when Ankaragucu was languishing in the 2nd League for a few years ? How many times have we all said that there are no easy matches ? Hmmm ..... yes, many times !
However, the same applies in the PTT Championship League, and even more so ! For example, cast your mind back to a few weeks agao and see how long it took Ankaragucu to prise open bottom of the league Gaziantepspor's defence !!
So, here we are with only 6 matches to go and we are within touching distance of returing to the Super League.
Can we do it ? Will we have and end to the transfer ban, and more importantly, will we have the dosh to strengthen the team if we do ? All these questions remain for the future !
So, to those 6 matches and there is only one of them, in my opinion, which can resonably be counted as a 'winner take all' at this stage, and that is the away match agaisnt Umraniye. All the others are within Ankaragucu's grasp as winable !
1 April - Away to Denizlispor
8 April - Home to Giresun
15 April - Away to Umraniye
22 April - Home to Gazisehir
29 April - Away to Manisa
6 May - Home to Adana Demirspor
Squeaky bum time approaches !!!!
Thoughts ?? Opinions ??
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
Monday, March 19, 2018
Genclerbirligi 1 - 1 Akhisar
Gencler was down for the whole match until the 5th minute of extra time.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Ankaragucu tonight fought against adversity to claim all 3 points in Istanbul with a fantastic 2-1 win over Istanbulspor. Despite having only played on Friday in a hard fought win over Adanaspor, the Ankaragucu fought through the tiredness to deliver and emphatic win for the 500 strong travelling support including our very own Maniac Harun who met President Yiginer.
Team - Altay, Erdem, Alihan, Yusuf, Ferhat, Arif, Sedat, Abdulkadir, Enes, Ilhan, Umut Nayir
Subs - Korcan, Kenan, Kehinde, Gencer, Mahmut, Mehmet, Ahmet, Lukasz
Their were a few raised eyebrows and angry reactions when the Ankaragucu team was announced with Kenan dropping to the bench and Ilhan Parlak starting in his place. Ilhan however would have the last laugh.
Istanbulspor started the game brightly and passed the ball well while Ankaragucu looked sluggish and couldn’t get a foot on the ball. The first chance of the game came for Istanbulspor when Mehmet was put through on goal but he chipped his shot over Altay but wide of the post.
Next up was a shot from the edge of the box from Zafer but Altay produced a brilliant save to tip the ball over the bar. Mehmet Celik then produced a wonderful pass for Cajic but he somehow shot wide with just Altay to beat.
Into the second half and again it was Istanbulspor on the front foot. A good ball to the back post for Onur Kolay who volleyed his shot but Altay again made a fantastic save to keep the score at 0-0.
With their first chance of the game Ankaragucu would take the lead with a brilliant goal from Ilhan Parlak. A great ball into the box from Erdem was met by Gencer whose overhead kick fell to Ilhan who in turn volleyed his shot into the top corner. The Ankaragucu fans erupted and Ilhan celebrated with them in style.
It took Istanbulspor only 7 minutes to find the equaliser, a lovely ball out Cajic through on goal and he beautifully chipped Altay to make it 1-1 with 10 minutes to go.
Just when it looked to be heading for a draw up stepped Lanre Kehinde to play hero of the day. Another fantastic cross from Erdem with his 15th assist of the season for Kehinde who met the ball with a brilliant diving header to make it 2-1 Ankaragucu and send the fans wild!!
A poor first half performance, but Ankaragucu showed great spirit for the 3 points and climb back up into 2nd. Next up is a home match on Sunday with fierce rivals Eskisehirspor in what should be an absolute cracker at the 19 Mayis Stadium.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
So following on from Jim’s report below, Ankaragucu led Adanspor 1-0 with 65 minutes to go on Friday afternoon due to the game being abandoned on Thursday night due to floodlight failure.
Team - Korcan, Erdem, Alihan, Yusuf, Mehmet, Arif, Sedat, Abdulkadir, Kenan, Enes, Umut
Subs - Altay, Ilhan, Gencer, Ferhat, Kehinde, Mahmut, Ahmet, Lukasz, Oguzhan
Ankaragücü took all 3 points with a 2-1 win over Adanaspor and although most Ankaragücü fans are delighted that we are back up to 2nd, I’m sorry to put some negativity on the result, but it was another poor performance against a team who have only won 3 of their last 15 games while having one of the worst defensive records in the league.
On the Thursday night Ankaragücü passed the Ball well and looked in control deservingly leading through a Yusuf Abdioglu goal. On the Friday afternoon where conditions were excellent Ankaragücü came away with 3 points but can count themselves lucky as Adanaspor went close to nicking a draw.
Umut Nayir again showed why he is so vital to the Ankaragücü attack with another excellent goal on the 51st minute. A brilliant strike from about 25 yards but questions will be asked of Mert Aykuz in the Adanaspor goal.
Just when it looked like Ankaragücü were heading for a comfortable win, Adanspor hit on the break down the right hand side and Oguzhan miss hit his shot which went straight into the net with Korcan not expecting the ball to go in at his front post. Mehmet Sak was the player caught out of position and it was the same area that Adanaspor were trying to exploit the rest of the match.
Sedat had a great chance for Ankaragücü after a nice move but hit his shot high and wide from about 5 yards out.
Mehmet Sak was again caught out of position with Kalu Uche through on goal, but the Nigerian dragged his shot wide when he should have scored. Adanaspor had another couple of chances late on but Ankaragucu held on for the 3 points and now go 2nd.
Ankaragucu on too many occasions got into good positions but the final ball and finishing was awful. Kenan Özer, Enes Kubat, Ilhan Parlak when he came on and Sedat were all guilty. The team now travel to Istanbul for Monday nights game at Istanbulspor. The club tried to change the game to Tuesday due to the Adana game being played on the Friday but the TFF refused.
İsmail Kartal said after the game that the team are still fighting for the title but the main problem is the small squad and not having a lot of options due to the transfer ban, but the team will keep on fighting.
Friday, March 09, 2018
Pre-match food and drinkies with VIP Guest, Scouse Kanka Marcus