Sunday, February 25, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


A disappointing ending yesterday to a match in which Ankaragucu lost in the 2nd half.


I was foolish enough to dream of 3 valuable points going in at half time 2-0 ahead and then expecting Ankaragucu to thrust the sword in at the beginning of the 2nd half to silence the home support.


However, all credit to Kayseri for their blistering 2nd half performance to leave Ankaragucu with zero points and in real danger now of being involved in the relegation dog-fight towards the end of the season


Is that alarm bells I can hear   ???!!!


Kayserispor            3                         ANKARAGUCU            2


Team – Bahadir, Mujakic, Mert, Radakovic, Atakan, Pedrinho, Tolga, Tasos, Efkan, Bassogog and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Morutan, Renaldo, Ali Kaan, Kazimcan and Bajic


I have to confess to almost nodding-off as half time approached with neither goalkeeper tested during a boring 1st half.     Then ............. on the stroke of half time, Bassogog made a fast break on the right, cut into the box and shot inside the left post.      But, the lineman’s flag was up for offside   !!!


A VAR check was made and the goal given   !!


4 minutes later into time added on and it was 2.      Excellent play by Tasos on the left to cut into the box leaving a defender in his wake.     The perfect cut-back was made for the unmarked Efkan in the centre who made no mistake.


An unbelievable ending to the 1st half.


Unfortunately, Ankaragucu rarely threatened in the 2nd half (2 attempts) as Kayseri came out with greater purpose and it only took them 7 minutes to pull a goal back.


Gokhan brushed aside 3 attempted tackles as he drove into the box and slipped the ball forward to Nazon who made no mistake.


10 minutes later and the equaliser arrived as Ankaragucu became pinned back in their own half.


A cross came in from the right and a fierce shot was made which Bahadir could only parry.   Unfortunately, the ball fell conveniently for the unmarked Julian who shot into the high centre of the goal.     A VAR check was made and the goal given.


It looked as though Ankaragucu had ‘rescued’ a point as the match headed into time added on, but then Kayseri pulled the trigger   !


A cross came in from the right into a crowded 6 yard box and Carlos was first to it to bullet a header inside the left post.     A real sickening blow for Ankaragucu, but their fragile defence was exposed yet again   !!!


Ankaragucu can dispel some of the anxiety next Saturday 2 March when they will be at home to bottom club Istanbulspor who have been cut adrift 17 points behind Ankaragucu.


It will be unthinkable if Ankaragucu don’t collect all 3 points, but Istanbulspor have nothing to lose and will no doubt make life as difficult as possible for Ankaragucu   !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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