Wednesday, May 08, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


It was a long and enjoyable journey but Ankaragucu was eliminated from the Turkish Cup last night at the semi-final stage on a 1-0 aggregate.


Ankaragucu was unable to reach the final of The Turkish Cup last night despite some heroics by their goalkeeper, Ertac, and a defensive blunder by a defender half way through the 2nd half, as the match looked destined to be heading for extra time.


This match now falls into the category of ............history   !!       More important matters are at hand in the here-and-now in the shape of retaining their position in The Super League for next season.   There are 3 matches left to achieve this, starting this coming Sunday   !


Besiktas            1                     ANKARAGUCU             0


Team – Ertac, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mert, Mujakic, Tolga, Alexis, Efkan, Bassogog, Tasos and Bajic


Substitutes – Ali Sowe, Atakan, Pedrinho, Rodrigues and Macheda


There is not much to say about the 1st half except the crucial save by Ertac and the follow-up goal-line clearance by Radakovic approaching the half time whistle.


At the other end, Bassogog and Tasos were creating space and chances, but Bajic and Efkan were unable to capitalise on them.    The closest Ankaragucu came was created by Bassogog on the right when he sent an inch perfect pass to Alexis, but his first time shot went narrowly past the post.


10 minutes into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu almost found the opening goal when, from a sweeping move, Bassogog’s final goal bound shot was well saved by the goalkeeper.


Both teams were committed to attack but with 20 minutes to go, and with my thoughts on extra time looming, the match was turned on its head.   Ertac sent an innocuous pass to Radokovic to instigate a move out of defence, but the normally reliable and consistent Radokovic slipped as he was about to receive the ball.     Muci pounced on the ball and sent his shot in via the underside of the bar to give the exposed Ertac no chance.


The goal seemed to inspire Besiktas as they searched for the 2nd goal. And it almost came 10 minutes later when Cenk’s goal bound shot was acrobatically saved by Ertac.


5 minutes later, Atakan was lucky to only receive a yellow card and not RED for sticking his head into Chamberlain’s face in a ‘handbag throwing moment’ between the two of them.


6 minutes into time added on and Man of the Match, Ertac, made another acrobatic save from a shot heading for the top right.


Ankaragucu must put this disappointment behind them now and focus on Sunday’s crucial ‘6 pointer’, in Hatay.


It is to be hoped that Trabzon see off Fatih Karagumruk tonight in the other semi final and keep the Cup out of Istanbul   !!!


As always, keep watching this space for the outcome of Sunday’s  MUST WIN match  !


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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