Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
I was unable to watch the match last night, but it seems that Ankaragucu’s mini-fightback will only delay the inevitable of relegation to The Championship League. For those of you who were able to watch it, please correct me if you disagree !
Goztepe 2 ANKARAGUCU 2
Team – Ricardo, Kitsiou, Ante, Pazdan, Pinto, Faty, Lukasik, Sedat, Ilhan, Rodrigues and Orgill
Under normal circumstances this result would have been classed as acceptable since Goztepe have always been a difficult nut to crack at home.
However, with Ankaragucu propping up the league, one point is insufficient to mount a late revival similar to what Kayseri has achieved !
Orgill’s goal drought vanished last night as he opened the scoring with a well worked goal after 15 minutes and we could have been forgiven for daring to think of 3 points. Pessimism returned 10 minutes later when Goztepe was awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge in the box.
Wilczek despatched it, and then Aydogdu put Goztepe ahead in time added on in the 1st half, with an excellent constructed headed goal.
Hopes were raised 15 minutes into the 2nd half when Ankaragucu was awarded a penalty after a needless foul on the goal line on the right which was gratefully put-away by Rodrigues into the right corner of the goal.
From the brief highlights which I was able to watch, Ankaragucu could quite possibly consider themselves unlucky not to have snatched victory from the jaws of yet another 2 points lost.
It was Scarione (returning to the team as a substitute) who almost did the damage with 3 excellent efforts, two of which were only just wide, and the third an excellent save from Beto.
So, It’s back to Ankara to prepare for the visit of deposed champions Galata.....spit......saray on Sunday who will be in no mood to take their foot off the gas. They may well not be champions this season, but they still have a fight on their hands to win a place in the Europa Cup next season. An intriguing encounter is guaranteed and a last chance for Ankaragucu to keep their season alive.
As Vitoria Kanka Miguel said to me last night ...........’it is still mathematically possible for Ankaragucu to avoid the drop’ ...............but, with only 3 matches left to play, the clock is ticking !!
Tonight, Rize (3 points ahead of Ankaragucu) play Kayseri (5 points ahead of Ankaragucu). Also, Konya (4 points ahead of Ankaragucu) travel to Gaziantep.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim