Saturday, September 10, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu is still searching for their first elusive win of the season despite scoring the goal of the match last night.


Five matches into the season and Ankaragucu is propping up the league with a miserable one point   !!      There is no doubting their endeavours, but it is quite obvious that the team is still a work in progress, and Omer Bey needs to find a way for the team to start winning to build confidence for even more difficult fixtures in the coming months.


Being involved in a relegation dog-fight in the 2nd half of the season is not on the Club’s agenda   !!


Alanyaspor               2                        ANKARAGUCU            1


Team – Bahadir, Yasin, Atakan, Oguz, Mujakic, Tolga, Pedrinho, Beridze, Taylan, Ariyibi and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Emre K, Taso, Zahid and Diack


The match was goalless at half time with both teams scorning goal scoring chances.


Ariyibi should have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when he was put through in the centre of the box, but under pressure from a defender, he shot past the right post.


Then in time added on, another fast break by Ankaragucu with Ariyibi involved again.    He sent over an accurate cross on the right into the box only for Beridze to sky his shot well over the bar.


Prior to that, Bahadir made an excellent save to stop a goal bound shot heading into the top left.


Half way through the 2nd half and I was thinking that the match was heading for a stalemate despite the fact that both teams were attacking and searching for the break through.    Then, Ankaragucu’s old defensive frailties re-surfaced   !!


A fast attack on the left by Alanya and the cross which came into the box was headed clear to the right goal line which looked like the ball was going out of play.    However, an Alanya attacker thought otherwise and chased what looked like a lost cause and crossed the ball back into the box before it went out of play.   Hassan, surrounded by FIVE Ankaragucu defenders rose above those in close proximity and sent a powerful header inside the left post.


Ominous looks between the kankas – Harun, Damon, New Kanka Kemal and I   !!!


However, heads didn’t go down and 2 minutes later it was all square again when Tolga sent an inviting cross into the box where Yasin nicked the ball from an attempted tackle and flicked it with the outside of his left boot over the heads of the defenders and goalkeeper for a well executed goal.   !


Did this herald a search for the winning goal   ?      Yes, Ankaragucu attacked but couldn’t find it   !


With only 3 minutes to go to the final whistle Alanya found it and in so doing robbed Ankaragucu of the one point their play had deserved.       But, as we all know, what really counts is putting the round thingie between the sticks.   !!!


A cross was sent over from the left to the far post where Bekiroglu was lurking unmarked.    His shot, on the half volley, was sent inside the right post off the turf which in all probability deceived Bahadir.     That said, the general consensus of opinion among the kankas was that he should have saved it. 


Harun and Damon are adamant that he will be dropped for the match next weekend, but I hesitate to be critical of him.    Yes, of course, goalkeepers make mistakes like everyone else, but I think he deserves to have a solid defence in front of him.    Sadly, this is not the case at the moment and I’m sure Omer Bey is well aware of it   !!!


Next up for Ankaragucu is a home match against fellow strugglers Sivas who are also still searching for their first win of the season.     Ankaragucu has a Stadium Ban arising out of the problems during last week’s match against Besiktas.     So, it will be back to The Kanka Suite in The Bira Park Bar next Sunday 18 September KO 8pm.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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