Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Last night Ankaragucu was a pale shadow of the team who have led the league for most of the season. They bottled-out, and in the process, handed the onus back to Umraniye and Bandirma to try and secure the top 2 spots in the league in the run-in.
It was a pathetic error strewn performance by Ankaragucu who scorned numerous chances to at least secure one point. However, it must be said that on the balance of play, Altinordu took their chances well, and in the end, fully deserved all 3 points.
There is a way back for Ankaragucu, but it must happen on Sunday when they play bottom team Balikesir and they must play an all-out attacking formation. With Owusu and Zahid suspended for this match, it will be a test for Mustafa Bey and the team to put the show back on the road.
Ankaragucu has been in the play-offs position before in the past, and it is no exaggeration to say that this route to the Super League is a ‘lottery’, and to be avoided at all costs !!
ANKARAGUCU 2 Altinordu 3
Team – Akin, Yasin, Yusuf, Sinan, Murat, Sahverdi, Abdullah, Zahid, Aatif, Geraldo and Cem
Substitutes – Eren, Ali Kaan, Ariyibi, Babacan and Pinto
It only took Altinordu 8 minutes to open the scoring with their first attack of the match. Seref received the ball on the left and cut into the box sharply taking out two Ankaragucu defenders in the process. He then fired a shot inside the left post with Akin unable to stop it, despite being well placed to do so. (Damon mentioned that Akin may have slipped on the rough goal area surface when the shot was made ?!).
Geraldo had another good match and was unlucky 5 minutes later when, after some tricky footwork on the right, his cross received no takers.
Then 4 minutes before the break came the ‘howler’ which gifted Altinordu their 2nd goal. A fast break on the right by Altinordu looked harmless when only Yener was following up front together with 5 Ankaragucu defenders. The cross came over into the box and straight to Yusuf who passed direct to Yener instead of leaving the ball to the defender behind him, or passing to Akin. Yener said ........... thank you very much ......... and slotted in easily for a calamity of a goal.
2 minutes later we were smiling again when a clearance from defence was played out to Geraldo just outside the box. He took aim and sent his shot through a ruck of players and inside the right post for his first goal for Ankaragucu, and here’s hoping it won’t be his last !!
Everything to play for in the 2nd half, or so we thought !!!
10 minutes into the 2nd half and another instance of indiscipline by Ankaragucu when Zahid was given a straight RED card for saying something ‘naughty’ to the referee during a questionable penalty appeal by the Ankaragucu players.
2 minutes later and Altinordu extended their lead when they carved open the Ankaragucu defence in a fluid move which culminated in Seref firing in to the top left to give Akin no chance.
5 minutes later and it was Altinordu’s turn to receive a RED card after Kubilay received a 2nd yellow for a bad foul just outside the box.
This was the ‘rallying call’ for Ankaragucu to press forward and Ariyibi had a great chance 3 minutes later, but blasted the ball over when it was easier to score !
With 20 minutes to go, Ankaragucu’s attacks finally paid off when they were awarded a penalty when Geraldo was brought down in the box as he was about to make a pass. Eren stepped up and sent a weak shot straight at the goalkeeper to spurn a glorious chance to stage an unlikely come-back.
However, the 2nd goal did come in the 90th minute when Ariyibi scored in a crowded box, ........ but .......... too little ........... too late !!
So, as I said earlier, it puts Sunday’s match into the category of ........... Really, Really, Must Win !!! Balikesir’s position in the league is irrelevant because they will ‘smell blood’ and try to cause an upset !
This match will therefore test the mettle of Ankaragucu.
Bring it on !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim