Monday, March 06, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu left Istanbul empty-handed last night after being out-fought and outplayed by a slick Besiktas team who seemed to win most of the 50/50 balls and kept the Ankaragucu defence busy for most of the match.


The damage could have been much worse had it not been for the heroics of Man of the Match, Gokhan, who came to Ankaragucu’s rescue countless times with match winning saves.    Unfortunately, Ankaragucu didn’t have the wherewithal in attack to take advantage   !


The only plus I can take from Ankaragucu’s perspective is that their 2nd half performance improved after they were almost blown away in the 1st half.   Ankaragucu failed to put one shot on target in the 1st half   !


Besiktas              2                     ANKARAGUCU               1


Team – Gokhan, Hasan Ali, Mujakic, Radakovic, Kevin, Pedrinho, Diack, Beridze, Zahid, Emre and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Tasos, Taylan, Milson and Oko


Besiktas started the match like a hurricane and almost blew Ankaragucu away as they laid siege to Ankaragucu’s goal.    Attack after attack rained in on Gokhan and how he responded   !!!


Gokhan was in action as early as the 7th minute when he saved well in the centre from a fierce goal bound shot from just outside the box.     One minute later and from a cross on the left to inside the 6 yard box he made a point blank save from a goal bound shot by Cenk.


Ankaragucu made a flowing move up the left on the half hour mark, but the cut-back from the goal line was deflected out for a corner before the ball entered the danger area.


The goal which Besiktas had threatened to score finally arrived on the 37th minute when a free kick was awarded outside the box on the left.      The ball was sent into a crowded 6 yard box where a Besiktas attacker tried a shot.     The ball was beaten out off the goal line by Gokhan and a defender, but  straight to Ucan who had the easiest of tasks to tap in.


Besiktas had their tails up, and going into time added on, Gokhan made three great saves from goal bound shots.


The half time whistle most surely came as a relief to the Ankaragucu players   !!!


7 minutes into the 2nd half and Besiktas gifted a goal to Ankaragucu.   A defender made a poor back pass to the goalkeeper on the right which he was unable to reach, and Ali ghosting in on the left stroked the ball in for the equaliser.


The euphoria was short lived and our hope for salvaging a point dashed only 2 minutes later with the goal of the match.     From the centre circle, Besiktas stroked the ball from right to left when it was picked up by Aboubakar.     He drove into the box around 3 defenders, who failed to make a tackle, and from near the centre fired inside the left post.


Besiktas almost added a 3rd near the end when Mujakic made a great saving tackle as the Besiktas attacker was about to pull the trigger   !!


Inconsistent Ankaragucu is well and truly in the relegation mix and is in dire need of picking up points ............. and soon   !!


They have the opportunity of doing that next Sunday when they host mid-table Alanya which, of course, falls into the category of ............ a must win match   !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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