Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu returned empty handed from the Black Sea coast and spurned a great opportunity of going clear at the top of the league.
The advantage is now in the hands of Erzurum and Umraniye, but Ankaragucu can have no complaints after a poor performance last night.
They were out-thought and out-fought by an impressive Samsun team who gave Ankaragucu no respite, especially in the 2nd half when they attacked relentlessly.
Samsunspor 2 ANKARAGUCU 0
Team – Bahadir, Pinto, Yusuf, Erdi, Murat, Abdullah, Ishak, Zahid, Ariyibi, Cem and Owusu
Substitutes – Eren and Ciftci
The 1st half was a ‘yawn’ and I was guilty of predicting a 0-0 final score ! However, I should have anticipated the absence of our captain, Erdem, would have an influence on the match with the Ankaragucu defence all at sea in the 2nd half and time after time resorting to hoofing high balls out of defence for Owusu to chase. The Ankaragucu defence has been the Achillies Heel for a few seasons but at least Erdem’s presence has stemmed the leaks. Hopefully he returns, and ..............soooooon !!!
There were only two moments of drama in the 1st half. First, Owusu’s goal bound shot from inside the box was acrobatically tipped over the bar for a corner. Moments later, a slack back pass by Erdi was intercepted by an alert Samsun attacker, but fortunately Bahadir had anticipated the danger and was able to smother the ball before the shot was made.
Ankaragucu was first to threaten in the 2nd half when Owusu and Ariyibi combined well to set-up a chance for Zahid, but his shot from outside the box was well saved.
Halfway through the 2nd half and Samsun took control of the match with Man of the Match, Bahadir, performing heroics in goal with save after save after shots raining-in on his goal. However, his was powerless to prevent the inevitable goal after 70 minutes when an astute pass was made from the centre to Yasin who had made a run past Erdi on the right to shoot inside the left post.
It was still all Samsun, although Eren did have a goal bound header well saved by the goalkeeper and Ariyibi sent a screamer of a shot just past the right post.
Into time added on and Ankaragucu was unable to escape from their own half. A series of corners by Samsun resulted in Bahadir again making saves, but the 3rd consecutive corner eluded him when Berk out-jumped two defenders to give Bahadir no chance.
A depressing end to the match with Samsun giving the Ankaragucu defence a torrid time.
There was a rumour last night that the Ankaragucu Coach, Mustafa Dalci, had resigned from his position, but I am awaiting confirmation of this.
The dark clouds have moved from Samsun to Ankara !!!!
Ankaragucu will be in action again next Saturday 18 December when they travel to mid-table Bolu. Prior to that, Erzurum, who are 2 points behind Ankaragucu with 2 games in hand, are at home to Gencler on Tuesday. We are now in the position of hoping other teams will assist us to stay in touch with the leaders !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim