Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu moved safely into the 5th Round of The Turkish Cup yesterday and that will commence during the week of the 20th of December.
6 excellent goals by Ankaragucu and the only criticism being their lapse in concentration near the end to allow Amed two consolation goals. I’m sure that Omer Bey will be advising against ‘running the clock down’ in future matches, especially against more superior teams than Amed.
ANKARAGUCU 6 Amed 2
Team – Bahadir, Atakan, Oguz, Sinan, Firatcan, Diack, Zadid, Jese, Tasos, Pedro and Ariyibi
Substitutes – Nurullah, Frederico, Alperen and Sahverdi
Ankaragucu started the match yesterday as though their lives depended on winning it, and they almost went into the lead from the kick off when Zahid blasted over when it was easier to score !
However, the goal came 5 minutes later when a cross came in from the right to the impressive Jese who avoided the attempted tackles and shot inside the left post.
2 minutes later and it was 2 when Sinan scored one of his trademark goals with a header into the top right from a corner on the left.
Approaching the half hour mark and a fast flowing move by Ankaragucu saw the ball played long from left to right. The ball was sent into the centre to Zahid who evaded 2 attempted tackles and shot inside the right post.
It was almost 4 a few minutes later when Tasos sent his shot from the left edge of the box just past the right post.
Into time added on in the 1st half and still time for the 4th goal. Another fast and sweeping move from left to right and then came the classic cut-back for Jese to tap in.
Ankaragucu changed goalkeepers at half time, Nurullah replacing Bahadir.
Straight from the resumption, Ankaragucu made it 5 when Tasos played a one-two with a team mate and shot inside the right post.
15 minutes to go and the Amed goalkeeper sent a clearance to an Ankaragucu player with his mis-kick. He surged forward and cut the ball back to the unmarked Zahid who stroked it in for No 6.
Ankaragucu then took their ‘foot off the gas’ and started to stroke the ball around to ‘run the clock down’, which although perhaps understandable, is not very professional.
Ankaragucu paid the penalty when Sinan headed in for an own goal from a corner on the left. He won’t want to see a replay of it !!!
Almost on the full time whistle and Amed scored an excellent 2nd goal when a cross came in from the right and Gumus was first to react and head the ball in at the near post. In all honesty it was no more than they deserved for not dropping their heads after the goal avalanche !!
Time to put the focus back on league business before the World Cup Break when Trabzon come calling on Friday night.
The Trabzon defence won’t be as generous as Amed’s, but if Ankaragucu can play with the pace and cutting edge that they did yesterday, then there are grounds for remaining confident of taking all 3 points.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim