Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu gave another impressive team performance last night to win all 3 points against a slick Erzurum team.
With top of the league Umraniye dropping 2 points earlier in the day, Ankaragucu move to within 2 points of them. Perhaps Umraniye is now feeling the heat of the approaching champions elect ??!!
ANKARAGUCU 2 BBS Erzurumspor 1
Team – Akin, Erdem, Yusuf, Sinan, Pinto, Abdullah, Zahid, Ishak, Ariyibi, Murat and Eren
Substitutes – Ali Kaan, Owuso, Cifci, Geraldo and Aatif
Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Haluk and I met-up in The Bira Park Bar and my pre-match comment was ........ we need an early goal to put the frighteners up Erzurum !!!
Both teams were in attack mode and it was made an exciting match due to Erzurum’s insistence on attack with end to end play for the most part.
Erzurum almost opened the scoring in the 8th minute when an astute pass was made to an attacker who looked certain to score. However, Akin’s reaction was spot-on and he sprinted out of the box to smother the ball a split second before the attacker could make contact .
2 minutes later and a dubious penalty was awarded to Ankaragucu for a ‘push’ on Eren as he surged into the box. We were not complaining, but in all honesty it was a soft award !! Erdem decided to take the penalty which was destined for the net, but the Erzurum goalkeeper, Szumski, made an outstanding save. The ball rebounded to the in-rushing pack and an Erzurum defender’s attempted header for a corner hit the post and then the ball was cleared.
However, the break through eventually arrived 10 minutes before the half time whistle and it will definitely not make the list for Goal of the Season !! It was more like a comedy of errors, but all credit to the predatory Eren for being in the right place at the right time !! A corner was swung in from the left which was palmed out by Szumski to a defender who headed the ball against the post and there was Eren to collect the rebound and tap the ball into the net.
Erzurum came out for the 2nd half fired up and searching for the equaliser and Ankaragucu had Akin to thank for a brilliant save shortly after the re-start.
However, at the other end, Szumski received the Man of the Match award from me for 3 fantastic saves half way through the 2nd half. However, he was helpless to prevent Ankaragucu scoring their 2nd with 10 minutes of the match remaining. Yet another fast attack and an excellent cross from Ali Kaan on the right which was met by Owusu in the centre and he volleyed in a bullet. Welcome back to the team Owusu after an injury absence !!!
The match was 4 minutes into time added on when Novikovas of Erzurum received the ball just outside the box in the centre and he sent in a swerving shot to the top left which gave Akin no chance.
Next up for Ankaragucu is another top of the table match in Bandirma on Saturday 16 October with an early KO. Umraniye play 3rd top Eyupspor on the same day, so it will be interesting to see the league positions when the dust has settled !!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim