Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
(Headline courtesy of Battle Damaged Kanka Damon)
Ankaragucu made a clear statement of intent last night with a crucial victory to go 6 points clear at the top of the league. Well, at least until 2nd top Umraniye play Keciorengucu tomorrow afternoon.
Ankaragucu’s fate is now firmly in their own hands and know that, with only five matches remaining, they must keep the momentum going and frustrate the chasing pack who are all vying for promotion and a play-off position.
Last night was also an auspicious occasion with some of us visiting the Stadium for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Also, it was the first chance we had of meeting our new kanka who recently arrived in Ankara from Spain. Welcome to the Kanka Group Antonio, Cadiz Kanka, and there is no mistaking him as he is even taller than the Ankaragucu centre back, Sinan !!
Also, in attendance last night was Maniac Kanka Harun, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Nurer Kanka, Horseman Kanka Osman and yours truly.
It was great to be back in the Stadium and the atmosphere was ‘carnival’ with hundreds of large Ankaragucu flags in all the tribunes. The noise factor was also high with Gecikondu leading as usual !!
ANKARAGUCU 2 Adanaspor 0
Team – Akin, Yusuf, Sinan, Abdullah, Yasin, Sahverdi, Zahid, Cem, Murat, Geraldo and Aatif
Substitutes – Ariyibi, Eren, Ali Kaan, Ishak and Atakan
The opening exchanges were mostly all about wave after wave of Ankaragucu attacks and Yasin almost opened the scoring after 6 minutes when he was put through on the left, but his shot was into the side netting.
Approaching the half hour mark and Ankaragucu had two good chances to find the opening goal. Firstly, after good work by Geraldo, he sent in an inviting cross but it was missed by attackers and defenders. Then in a goal mouth melee there was a shot which went well wide of the mark !
However, the goal eventually arrived on the half hour mark from Geraldo again who sent in an inviting cross on the right for Cem to knock in for a well deserved goal.
Adana was not going down without a fight and they almost equalised a few minutes later when a long range goal bound shot was acrobatically saved by Akin for a corner.
Into the 2nd half and Adana almost grabbed the equaliser 7 minutes in when a long range shot hit the bar and was cleared.
6 minutes later and the crucial 2nd goal arrived after some great build-up play by Ankaragucu. The final through ball was played to Zahid in the centre of the box. He quickly looked up, took aim and fired a bullet of a shot inside the right post.
15 minutes to go and Geraldo almost scored the 3rd after a defensive error gifted him the ball, but his shot was deflected out for a corner.
Then in the last action of the match, Eren screwed his shot wide when he was presented with an open goal after another defensive error.
Ankaragucu has the chance to heap more misery on the chasing pack on Wednesday afternoon when they entertain relegation threatened Altinordu at the Eryaman Stadium. Due to business interests, we will be unable to go to the stadium, but we will watch the match in The Bira Park Bar.
A great team effort last night, and well done Ankaragucu !!!
As always, watch this space for details of our next match.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim