Sunday, May 15, 2022

GENCLERBIRLIGI DELIVER THE GREAT ESCAPE !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Gencler avoided a nail biting last match and possible relegation with a resounding win against fellow strugglers Menemenspor yesterday.

 

With only one match of the season left, they moved up into mid-table security and can now begin planning a re-build to challenge for promotion to the Super League next season.

 

I was at The Eryaman Stadium yesterday to watch the Ankaragucu match, so have only sketchy details of the Gencler match.

 

Menemenspor           1                   GENCLERBIRLIGI             3

 

Team – Ramazan, Muhammed, Gokhan, Metehan, Omurcan, Hrechyshkin, Tshibola, Berisberk, Lima, Baris and Ilker

 

Substitutes – Arda, Serdarcan, Aksel, Lualua and Furkan

 

Gencler opened the scoring just after the half time resumption with a goal by Lima.

 

Menemen equalised half way through the 2nd half with an own goal by Gokhan,

 

But, Gencler made sure of all 3 points with late goals by Lualua and Tshibola.

 

Gencler may view their last match as academic, but it takes on greater significance for Ankaragucu as Gencler will play Umraniye at home next Sunday.

 

With Ankaragucu requiring a win against Keciorengucu next Sunday to be crowned Champions, all Ankaragucu supporters eyes will also be focused on the Gencler match  !!

 

However, the main focus is for Ankaragucu to concentrate on winning and so avoid having to rely on Gencler to beat Umraniye.     

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

ANKARAGUCU SHOOT THEMSLELVES IN THE FOOT APPROACHING THE FINISHING POST !!!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

A terrible defensive cock-up into time added on at the end of the match yesterday gave Boluspor all 3 points and left Ankaragucu needing to win their last match next Sunday to go up to the Super League as Champions   !

 

At the beginning of the 2nd half when Ankaragucu equalised Bolu’s opening goal we all sensed that the Ankaragucu avalanche of attacks would produce the winning goal, but for all their huff and puff, Ankaragucu couldn’t find the killer touch.    So, they paid the ultimate price for their profligacy with sloppy defending at the end to set-up a grandstand finish to the league.

 

What it means is this ............

 

Ankaragucu and Umraniye are on the same points at the top of the league and guaranteed promotion, but which team is going up as Champions   ?

 

On Sunday Ankaragucu will be away to Keciorengucu, and Umraniye away to Genclerbirligi.

 

If Ankaragucu and Umraniye both win then Ankaragucu will be crowned Champions based on the head-to-head rule, because Ankaragucu beat Umraniye and drew the other match against them.     It’s as simple as that   !!

 

The honour of being crowned Champions is now in their own hands  !!

 

However, back to yesterday’s match and the kankas watched it in Protokol (VIP Area) thanks to an invitation from Posh Kanka Ahmet.    It was my first visit to Protokol at The Eryaman Stadium and it was an enjoyable experience, well ............. apart from the final score of the match   !!

 

ANKARAGUCU            1                     Boluspor             2

 

Team – Bahadir, Murat, Sinan, Babacan, Yasin, Ali Kaan, Sahverdi, Atakan, Arif, Aatif and Muhammed

 

Substitutes – Zahid, Eren, Ariyibi, Abdullah and Erdem

 

We were full of optimism (as usual) and even the players must have felt it as they were welcomed onto the pitch with a Guard of Honour by the Bolu players to celebrate their promotion to the Super League.

 

However, that feeling went out the window 13 minutes into the match when Bolu went ahead with their first attack.

 

A free kick on the right was sent into the box but not dealt with by the Ankaragucu defence.  Roshi was first to react to a loose ball and he hammered the ball in with the Ankaragucu defenders looking bewildered.

 

The only action of note from Ankaragucu was a sublime effort by Yasin near the half time whistle about 35 yards out which went narrowly past the right post.

 

The alarming statistic from the 1st half was 72% possession by Ankaragucu and zero shots on target   !!!     Unforgivable   !!!

 

However, there was more urgency and threat in Ankaragucu’s play on the resumption with the introduction of Zahid and Ariyibi, and it certainly paid off 2 minutes in when Zahid scored after excellent work by Ariyibi on the right and his accurate cut-back from the goal line.

 

Ankaragucu almost found the winning goal 10 minutes later when Sahverdi sent a great goal bound shot from about 30 yards out which was brilliantly saved and tipped over the bar for a corner.

 

Despite waves of attacks, the winning goal wouldn’t come and the match entered time added on with most of us thinking that 1 point was enough to stay 1 point ahead of Umraniye.     But .......... Ankaragucu’s defending let them down yet again   !!!

 

Terrible defending and the ball was gifted to Bolu by the defence and the ball played to Novak who sent his screamer of a shot from just inside the box to the top left with Bahadir unable to reach it.

 

It was a sickening blow to what was supposed to be a celebration day   !!!

 

Anyway, as I said at the beginning, all is not lost.    The accolade of going up to the Super League rests firmly with the players next Sunday when they play local team Keciorengucu.

 

The Aktepe Stadium is a small stadium in the Kecioren district of Ankara with a capacity of only 5,000, so we will be forced to watch the match in The Bira Park Bar.     No doubt TRT  will be flitting between the Ankaragucu match and the Umraniye match   !!

 

The kick off time has not been announced yet, but when it is, I’ll put it here in the comments section.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome of next Sunday’s crucial match.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, May 09, 2022

GENCLERBIRLIGI EASE THEIR RELEGATION FEARS !!



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Gencler took an important scalp last night when they defeated possible promotion hopefuls, Erzurum, to ease their relegation fears.    They are now 4 points above the relegation zone and with 2 matches left, they can be confident, but not complacent.

 

With all the matches kicking off at the same time again last night, it was a case of watching TRT flip from one match to another as the kankas watched in The Bira Park Bar.

 

GENCLERBIRLIGI          2                     Erzurum          1

 

Team – Ramazan, Omurcan, Metehan, Gokhan, Muhammed, Baris, Hrechyshkin, Tshibola, Berisbek, Sallallich and Lima

 

Substitutes – Musa, Aksel and Ilker

 

Erzurum took an early lead in the 4th minute with a goal by Albayrak.

 

It took Gencler until the 24th minute to equalise when Lima set-up Sallallich to power in a great shot.

 

Gencler’s Player of the Season (in my opinion  !!), Baris, scored the winner half way through the 2nd half when he sent his shot into the top right when put through in the box.

 

Next up for Gencler is an away match against 2nd bottom of the league Menemenspor who is staring relegation in the face.

 

If Gencler can win this match it will confirm league safety and perhaps they can do Ankaragucu a favour in their last match against Umraniye with a relaxed and winning performance.

 

However, Ankaragucu has the League Championship Title in their own hands, and with 2 matches left, they sit one point ahead of Umraniye and look favourites to go up to the Super League as Champions.

 

As always, watch this space next weekend for the details.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, May 02, 2022

GENCLERBIRLIGI BACK IN ‘THE SOAPY BUBBLE’ !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Gencler lost the chance to secure mid-table security yesterday against fellow strugglers Denizli and now find themselves back in the relegation mix with only 3 matches left to save their season.

 

In the interests of fairness, all the league matches kicked off at the same time yesterday and I was in The Eryaman Stadium watching Ankaragucu being promoted back into the Super League, so I have no details of the Gencler match.       However, from what I can gather, Denizli had the lion’s share of play with 7 shots on target as opposed to Gencler’s one.

 

Denizlispor               2                     GENCLERBIRLIGI              1

 

Team – Adiyaman, Muhammed, Gokhan, Metehan, Omurcan, Hrechyshkin, Tshibola, Musa, Sallallich, Baris and Lima

 

Gencler opened the scoring on the half hour mark with a goal by the impressive Baris.

 

Denizli equalised shortly after half time and the winner was scored near the end by Ankaragucu ‘olde boy’ Djedje.

 

Gencler find  themselves back in the relegation mix and only 2 points above the relegation zone.    They now have 3 matches left to move clear, but they will not be easy matches in which to guarantee points.

 

First up next Sunday is a home match against Erzurum who are still trying to stay in the play off positions.    That one is followed by an away match against relegation threatened Menemen.    Finally, a match which all the Ankaragucu supporters will be hoping is a win for Gencler against Umraniye, which could very well be the deciding match on which team ends up as League Champions.

 

As always, watch this space for the details.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

ANKARAGUCU CROSS THE FINISHING LINE AS .....’CHAMPIONS’ !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Ankaragucu made their season long wait to return to the Super League last night at the Eryaman Stadium.    After all, as one of the oldest football clubs in Turkey it is their God given right to be in the Super League ........isn’t it   ??!!

 

Ankaragucu needed only one point to qualify for promotion, but they made things difficult with nerves showing throughout the match, which I suppose is understandable in such a tense situation, especially with a full stadium of supporters.

 

Nevertheless, we, the kankas, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Horseman Kanka Osman and yours truly, were full of optimism, even though we had a few heart-stopping moments during the match  !!

 

As for going up to the Super League as Champions, that is still in the balance with Umraniye still able to claim that distinction.    However, the bottom line is that with two more matches to play, Ankaragucu has been able to bounce straight back to the Super League and the point of who will go up as Champions will be decided in the next few weeks.

 

Samsun made things as difficult for Ankaragucu as possible and Ankaragucu had Man of the Match, Bahadir, to thank for an outstanding performance and saving the four shots that Samsun put on target during the match.

 

ANKARAGUCU            0                        Samsunspor                0

 

Team – Bahadir, Erdem, Yusuf, Alperen, Yasin, Abdullah, Ishak, Geraldo, Aatif, Murat and Owusu

 

Substitutes – Ariyibi, Sahverdi, Eren, Ali Kaan and Cem

 

Ankaragucu started the more purposeful team with Geraldo in particular raiding with menace on both wings and being constantly fouled.    Due to all ‘the attention’ he received from the Samsun defenders, he had to be substituted half way through the 1st half with an injury which it is to be hoped is not serious.

 

Owusu had a chance to open the scoring after 15 minutes but he screwed his shot wide.

 

Samsun started to show more danger as an attacking force half way through the 1st half and they almost scored from a fast break, but Alperen was on hand to nick the ball for a corner as the Samsun attacker was about to shoot in a dangerous position.

 

Bahadir came to the rescue shortly after when he pulled-off a great save from a long range goal bound shot.

 

To be perfectly honest, it was a relief when Ankaragucu was able to go in at half time all square at 0-0   !!

 

Ankaragucu continued to live dangerously in the 2nd half, and after only 5 minutes in, Bahadir was well positioned to save a shot in a goalmouth scramble which was fortunately weak.

 

5 minutes later Bahadir was in action again to save a goal bound header from a corner.

 

Ankaragucu’s only serious attack came in the 66th minute when Erdem sent in a great free kick on the left which was met by Yusuf, but his powerful header was just past the left post.

 

15 minutes to go and it was Ankaragucu’s defence holding back the Samsun attacks and Bahadir made yet another great save from Forfana’s goal bound effort.

 

It was becoming tense as the match entered the final minutes and Ankaragucu missed a golden opportunity to score in the dying minutes when a great ball was played into the box to Eren in space, but he was too slow to react to the chance and his shot was blocked.

 

Ankaragucu has a free weekend coming up and their next match is against Bolu on 15th May who are hovering near the relegation zone.     So, another difficult match for Ankaragucu to attempt a vital 3 points in the chase to be League Champions.

 

Ankaragucu’s rivals, Umraniye, travel to Bursa next Sunday which is one of those MUST WIN matches for Bursa to continue in their efforts to avoid relegation.     Umraniye then has two more difficult matches to negotiate against Denizli and Genclerbirligi when hopefully they will lose points in those three matches .    

 

It is all geared up for a tense last few weeks of the season.

 

As always, watch this space for all the details.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, April 25, 2022

ANKARAGUCU – ALMOST THERE !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Apologies for the brevity of my report, but we were subjected to TRT flipping between matches last night and so it was difficult to focus on the Ankaragucu match.     Also, there  was Spring Cleaning underway in The Bira Park which was a distraction.     So,  if I have missed any important phases of the match then please put the details in the comments section.

 

It has to be said that it is always difficult to bounce straight back into the top league after relegation, but Ankaragucu is a whisker away from achieving just that.

 

Only one point is required from Ankaragucu’s last 3 matches to confirm promotion.    However, which team will be promoted as Champions is still up for grabs between Ankaragucu and Umraniye.    Which team can hold their nerve and win their final matches will be the key !!

 

Last night Ankaragucu did the biz by winning 3 points in Balikesir, but I’m sure the Coach (and us supporters !!) were hoping for more goals to boost the goal difference and try to move clear of Umraniye.     However, I suppose we have to be content for the time being and hope that more goals will come in the last 3 matches.

 

Balikesir             0                     ANKARAGUCU              2

 

Team – Bahadir, Erdem, Yusuf, Alperen, Yasin, Abdullah, Sahverdi, Aatif, Geraldo, Ariyibi and Owusu

 

Substitutes – Ali Kaan, Eren, Ishak, Cem and Murat

 

I have to say that last night Balikesir didn’t play like a team propping up the league and assured of relegation.    They certainly made Ankaragucu work for their 3 points   !!

 

It was a defensive blunder inside the box in the 13th minute which gave Ankaragucu the first goal and settled the nerves.    The Balikesir goalkeeper came rushing out to the edge of the box to collect the ball but misjudged his angles and Owusu was there first to guide the ball into the empty goal.

 

From the re-start, Balikesir made a fast break and Bahadir had to save a goal bound shot with his leg.

 

Again, near the half hour mark, a Balikesir attacker sent in a shot which looked like a goal all the way, but it went narrowly past the post.

 

We had to wait until the 70th minute for Ankaragucu to put the match to bed and calm our frayed nerves.    A break on the left by Yasin who cut-in to the goal line on the left and made what looked like a cut-back, but the ball sneaked inside the left post between the post and the goalkeeper’s legs.     A goal is a goal, and we take it gratefully !!!

 

Ankaragucu will be at home next Sunday 1st May when mid-table Samsun will be the visitors.    Also, on the same day and KO time, Umraniye will be at home against Balikesir.       We will be hoping that Balikesir puts up similar stiff resistance to last night’s performance and can perhaps snatch a goal or two  !!!

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, April 23, 2022

GENCLERBIRLIGI DEFY THE ODDS !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Gencler turned the form book upside-down today to win 3 vital points against the 3rd top team in the league in their quest to avoid relegation.

 

This result will go a long way to ensuring that they move out of the danger area.   

 

If they can continue to play with the fire and passion that they showed today then they will surely move into a safe mid-table position.     5 points clear of the 4th bottom team is a start   !!

 

GENCLERBIRLIGI           2                 Bandirma              0

 

Team – Ramazan, Omurcan, Metehan, Gokhan, Muhammed, Tshibola, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Sallallich, Musa and Lima

 

Substitutes – Aksel, Ilker, Altiparmak and Serdarcan

 

It took until the 20th minute for the first serious attempt on goal when Keny received the ball inside the 6 yard box and his shot was well saved by Ramazan.

 

12 minutes later and in Gencler’s first serious attack of the match they opened the scoring from a corner, which was needlessly conceded by the Bandirma goalkeeper, Gokhan, when he mis-kicked a clearance when it was easier to head the ball to a defender in his vicinity.    The corner was sent into the box and Metehan was able to loop a volley inside the right post.

 

Bandirma had 65% possession which was concentrated in their own half and midfield with the Gencler players harrying them continuously and forcing Bandirma into errors.    So, to be honest, Gencler was good value for their 1st half lead when they took their one chance well  !

 

Gencler came out for the 2nd half all fired up and obviously encouraged by going in 1-0 up at half time.     Sallallich had two good chances to increase their lead, and from the 2nd in the 74th minute they found the 2nd goal.

 

Sallallich’s shot inside the box was deflected for a corner, and from the resultant corner, Lima sent in a bullet of a header inside the left post with Gokhan static on his line in the centre.

 

So, a well deserved win by Gencler with Bandirma unable to threaten in the 2nd half.

 

More of the same will be required on Friday when Gencler travel to relegation threatened Denizli.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim