Saturday, January 18, 2020


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Only Konya supporters will have enjoyed last night’s match at The Eryaman Stadium and will have been relieved to have eventually bagged all 3 points which moved them 6 points clear of Ankaragucu.

Ankaragucu, on the other hand, has left us long suffering supporters with little hope to salvage their status as a Super League team after their abysmal performance last night when they toiled for 94 minutes without putting one serious shot on target.

ANKARAGUCU       0              Konyaspor           1

Ankaragucu was lucky to escape into the tunnel at half time without conceding after Konya took the match to Ankaragucu from the off, and it was a miracle that the opening goal didn’t arrive on the 15th minute mark.   With an open goal, the Konya attacker had his shot blocked by a late lunge by Korcan.

2 minutes later and a Konya attacker was ideally placed on the right inside the box but sent his shot just past the left post.

25 minutes gone and Korcan to the rescue again when he saved from a one-on-one situation.

Still the kankas had not entirely given up hope at half time.   Perhaps we were thinking it could be a game of two halves   ??!!      Wrong  !!

A good turn-out of kankas in The Alerta Bar for the visit of Prodigal Son, Cider Kanka John, who returned to Ankara after an absence of 2 years.   Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Paddy Kanka Paul and Andy gave him a rousing welcome back into the fold.

Half way through the 2nd half and the response from Ankaragucu didn’t materialise with Korcan brought into action again to save a certain goal from a cut-back on the left.   Then 10 minutes from the final whistle yet another great escapes when a Konya cross came in from the left and a Konya attacker sent in a bullet of a header with Korcan rooted to his goal line.   However, the ball struck the left post, rebounded into play and was cleared.

2 minutes into time-added-on and the killer blow arrived.   To be fair, it was no more than Konya deserved after dominating the match.   A Konya break out of defence saw the ball played to an unmarked attacker on the right and he drove into the danger area and lobbed the ball over the outrushing Korcan’s head and in for the winning goal.

So, Ankaragucu still languish in 2nd bottom position in the league and if they continue to play like they did last night can have little hope of staying the Super League.   Only Korcan and Scarione can take some credit for their performances last night.

Next Saturday will be the acid test and a 6 Pointer when Ankaragucu travel to bottom club Kayseri to decide which of them will prop-up the League  !!

I shudder to think what the top 4 teams in the league would have done to Ankaragucu last night.    With the transfer ban still firmly in place, it doesn’t bear thinking about what is to come in the next few months  !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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