Monday, March 11, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu disappointed in Samsun last night when they failed the ‘acid test’ and therefore find themselves deep in the relegation struggle, and on last night’s performance there is little scope for optimism.     However, having said that, there are 9 matches left for Ankaragucu to conjure up an escape plan   !!!


They failed to ‘put a glove’ on Samsun in the entire match, which the players knew they needed to win to claw their way back to mid-table safety.


All credit to Samsun who looked the likelier of the two teams to take all 3 points, and that they left it so late in the match was the surprising thing.


Samsunspor              2                         ANKARAGUCU                1


Team – Bahadir, Mujakic, Mert, Radakovic, Kitsiou, Pedrinho, Tolga, Tasos, Riccardo, Bassogog and Macheda


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


Samsun almost opened the scoring after 10 minutes when the Ankaragucu defence was caught out and the Samsun attacker should have punished them but dragged his shot wide.


However, one minute later the goal did come and it must go into the ‘lucky’ category.   A cross came in from the right and it fell kindly for Holse just outside the box in the centre.    He sent in a powerful shot which Bahadir looked to have covered, but the ball took a cruel deflection off an Ankaragucu defender and the ball sailed into the top right.


3 minutes later and Ankaragucu were level after another defected gifted a goal.    A free kick on the left was sent into a crowded box and an attempted headed clearance by a Samsun defender hit the unsuspecting Ozturk on the head to wrong-foot the goalkeeper and sneak in for a lucky goal.


It was all Samsun from that point till the half time whistle.       They missed 3 genuine chances with efforts going over the bar and just past the post.


Going in all square at half time was surely a bonus !!


Into the 2nd half and Samsun continued where they left off searching for the winner.    5 minutes in and Ankaragucu had the post to thank when a shot hit the post on the inside and the ball looked to be heading over the line, but thankfully a defender was within reach to hack the ball away to safety.


10 minutes later and another Samsun effort went whizzing past the post.


10 minutes to go to the final whistle and at this stage I would happily have settled for one point   !!!


However, Samsun finally made the break-through which I suppose came as no surprise   !   Samsun made a fast break on the left, the cross came in, the shot was made and Bahadir could only parry it.     But .........straight to Ntcham who fired into the top centre.


There can be no complaints about the result which was a fair reflection of play.     Now, all eyes turn to next Saturday when Ankaragucu will be at home against Basaksehir who are sitting comfortably in 6th position in the league.        No need to mention how crucial this match is   !!!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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