Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu can have no complaints about tonight’s defeat when they were outclassed in every department by a team looking in determined fashion to be champions this season.
Ankaragucu shot themselves in the foot in the first half when two defensive aberrations handed Fener a 2-0 interval lead, and there was no way back for an Ankaragucu team bereft of a strike force !!
Fenerbahce 3 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team - Ricardo, Atila, Sarlija, Atakan, Pinto, Lukasik, Voca, Paintsil, Endri, Saba and Bolingi
Substitutes – Emre, Borven, Assane, Alper and Sahverdi
Fener was first to threaten and Atila made a crucial instinctive goal-line save from a goal bound header following a corner.
It took Ankaragucu until the 24th minute to threaten when from a corner on the right, Altay saved onto the inside of the post and the ball was cleared.
Ricardo must hold his hand up for conceding the 1st goal when he parried a weak shot from Thiam who followed up and tapped the ball in. I don’t understand why he couldn’t hold onto the ball, or at least sent it out for a corner !!
6 minutes later and another defensive calamity !! A cross came in from the left for Samatta. It should have been dealt with by either Sarlija or Atakan, but they both got into a tangle going for the same ball and Samatta brushed past them and stroked the ball in.
Endri could have reduced the arrears 8 minutes before half time, but his well struck free kick went just past the post.
Just before the half time whistle there was another scary moment in the Ankaragucu penalty box when a goal bound shot was luckily deflected by Pinto for a corner.
7 minutes into the 2nd half and Lukasik’s free kick from just outside the box went whizzing pas the post with Altay rooted to the spot.
2 minutes later and Ricardo again demonstrated his love affair with parried saves. Fortunately on this occasion it was cleared by a defender.
Fener put the match to bed in the 66th minute with a great individual goal by Valencia. He received a pass just outside the box on the right, looked up, and sent a great shot just inside the left post with Ricardo getting fingertips to it but unable to save it.
3 minutes into time added on and Ankaragucu bagged a consolation goal. A cross came in from the right to Borven on the left and he passed the ball to Emre on the right just outside the box who sent in a great shot to the left with Altay well beaten.
I have to say that Ankaragucu were well beaten by a team who you sensed were more determined. Ankaragucu was forced into mistakes many times in defence with the constant Fener pressure.
Latterly, apart from the late goal, Ankaragucu resorted to high ball out of defence as they gradually ran out of ideas.
It is glaringly obvious that Ankaragucu is lacking a physical presence up front similar to the 4 Africans in the Fener team, ie, Thiam, Samatta, Valencia and Cisse !!!
The sands of time continue to fall and Thursday night must be classed as a crucial moment in the season when Ankaragucu either grasp the nettle or succumb to relegation. It is now is their own hands at the home match against Kasimpasa.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim