Sunday, December 08, 2019

ANKARAGUCU IN DIRE STRAITS !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Well, let’s not shake our heads and gasp at the result.   As I’ve said more times than I care to remember, there are no ‘easy’ games in this league, especially against a strong Goztepe team who came to Ankara with their tails-up and to attack from start to finish..

ANKARAGUCU     1                Goztepe       3

I watched the match with Atagun in the warmth and comfort of the Alerta Bar with the temperature hovering at just below 0 degrees C outside.   Am I getting soft in my olde age ?    Answers not invited   !!!

Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Pinto, Moke, Sedat, Canteros, Aydin, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Cebrail, Alper and Hasan

It was an amazing start to the match.   After only 30 Seconds on the clock, Goztepe broke with speed down the left with the Ankaragucu defence still in doze-mode.   The cross came in and the shot was destined for the back of the net, but Korcan made an instinctive save and the rebound went straight to Halil who made no mistake with Ankaragucu players still lagging and unable to protect Korcan.   What a sucker-punch  !!

Ankaragucu tried to respond and Ilhan had THREE genuine attempts in the next 15 minutes to find the equaliser, but from the first, his header was easily saved, and the other two were over and well past the post as he scuffed his shot for the latter.

Then, on the 20th minute mark Ankaragucu should have had a penalty when a Goztepe defender used his hand to control the ball before clearing.   Sedat asked for VAR, but the referee waved his protests away.   The TV replay showed clearly that the penalty should have been awarded.    Win some, lose some  !

5 minutes later and panic stations in the Ankaragucu penalty area with their inability to clear the danger.    However, a plus point here for Ilhan when he tracked back to dispossess a Goztepe player who was gearing up to shoot.

A minute later and it was Pazdan to the rescue to block a dangerous goal attempt.

The equaliser came against the run of play on the half hour mark and it was much maligned Ilhan who was the hero.   Ankaragucu took a quick corner to catch the Goztepe defence sleeping and the ball was crossed in from the right.   The ball was cleared and was picked up Sedat, but before he could do anything constructive, Ilhan pounced first to fire a snap-shot into the top left for a classic predator’s goal.

Goztepe returned to the attack and a saving tackle by Kitsiou prevented a goal, and so Ankaragucu deservedly went in all square at half time, and it could be argued that this was down to their fighting spirit.

The 2nd half was barely 2 minutes old when Ankaragucu again suffered a sucker-punch and conceded an early goal.   A cross came in from the right to the back post and there was the dangerous Serdar (Man of the Match) to bullet a header in with Korcan well beaten.

10 minutes later and it was all over for Ankaragucu when that man again, Serdar, collected a pass on the left and sent in a screamer to the top right corner with Korcan well beaten again.   There are few, if any, goalkeepers who would have saved his 2 goals, so no criticism of Korcan on all 3 goals.

Goztepe should have extended their lead in the 64th and 80th minutes but two great saves by Korcan kept the score ‘respectable’  !!

In all honesty, I can’t really complain about the result.   Goztepe was sharper and took their 3 goals well.   The Ankaragucu weaknesses are there for all to see, so no point in dwelling on the obvious.

Ankaragucu remain stuck in 2nd bottom place in the league, but if Kayseri win tomorrow night then they could replace Kayseri as the bottom club !!

Next Saturday Ankaragucu travel to Istan.....spit.....bul to take on Galata.....spit.....saray, so perhaps this will be another disaster waiting to happen   ??!!

As always, watch this space for the details.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, December 07, 2019

GENCLERBIRLIGI – DEFENSIVE FRAILTIES EXPOSED !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Gencler defence was torn to shreds last night in Kadikoy by a resurgent Fenerbahce team who attacked from start to finish.   As much as I hate to say it, this Fener team look strong favourites to overtake current leaders Sivas, and on this form could also be pencilled-in as League Champions.

Fenerbahce       5                GENCLERBIRLIGI       2

Team – Ertac, Candeias, Flavio, Toure, Halil, Baiano, Berat, Sessegnon, Sio, Polomat and Stancu

Substitutes – Nadir, Rahmetullah and Sefa

I was fortunate enough to see the match in snatches in the Red Lion Club when I was joined by two Gencler supporters (Steve and Oguz) for a darts match.

When Sio opened the scoring after only 8 minutes we were hoping for an upset and for Fener to engage panic mode.   However, our optimism was soon dashed when Fener settled and hit 3 goals through Muric (2) and the impressive Gustavo before the half time whistle.

On the resumption, Fener continued to dictate matters and it was unsurprising when they extended their lead through Ferdi with 15 minutes of the match remaining.

Gencler, to their credit, never gave up their efforts to penetrate the Fener defence and were rewarded with a 2nd goal with a slick attack on the right.   The ball was played into Stancu just outside the box and he fired in an angled shot beyond the reach of Altay in goal.   A just reward for their efforts.

Fener was in no mood to extend their generosity further and Kruse added the 5th near the end when Fener split the Gencler defence open and Kruse had the easiest of tasks to tap-in with Ertac left exposed.

Gencler have another difficult match next Saturday at home against Goztepe who are Ankaragucu’s opponents tonight.   Irrespective of that result, Goztepe will be a difficult nut to crack.

As always, watch this space for the details.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, December 02, 2019

Alanyaspor 5-0 Ankaragucu



The future of Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig looks extremely bleak at the moment after another thumping at the weekend against Alanyaspor. Its difficult to criticise any of the player or Manager at this stage as the problems off field with previous Management are the main reason why the club are in this position.

Team - Korcan, Cebrail, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Moke, Kitsiou, Canteros, Mehmet Sak, Hasan Kaya, Dever Orgill

The one bit of criticism that came Mustafa Kaplans way at the weekend was the decision to play Mehmet Sak in one of the winger positions instead of Berke Gurbuz. Mehmet Sak is at best an amateur league level player. He cant defend, cant beat players, doesnt have any skill and doesnt score. And it showed during the game where his only contribution was giving away the 2nd goal for Alanyaspor after sloppy play in the middle of the park.

Goals for Alanyaspor came through Bakasetas who grabbed a double, and Djalma Campos who scored a hat trick.

There was noting positive to write about the Ankaragucu performance who now must win next Saturday at home to in form Goztepe. The team are 3 points behind Kasimpasa who are just outside the relegation zone.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

GENCLERBIRLIGI PROVE A POINT !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

After an abysmal start to their return to the Super League, Gencler appear to have turned the corner and have slowly, but surely, moved out of the relegation zone with some hard fought matches, and ability to grind out results.

Last week Gencler dug deep with a win in time-added-on and last night they repeated the feat to secure a valuable point against a strong Malatya team who are riding high in the League in addition to being the top scorers in the League.

GENCLERBIRLIGI      3               Malatya         3

‘Old Boy’ from last season’s Ankaragucu team, Bifouma, put Malatya ahead just before half time before Sio equalised just after the break.

The ever reliable Stancu put Gencler ahead with 15 minutes to go and Gencler could have been forgiven for assuming that they had won all 3 points at that stage.

However, as I said, Malatya is a strong outfit and they hit back with two goals by Robin in the last 5 minutes of the match, and that should have been it, done and dusted.

Then, in time-added-on, Gencler again pulled a rabbit out of the hat with another equaliser by Rahmetullah to give Gencler a well deserved point.

There can be no doubting Gencler’s credentials now, and with this never-say-die spirit, they will be in fine fettle to approach next Friday’s match in Kadikoy with confidence.

Fener.....spit.....bahce is currently in 4th position in the league, but with a visit tonight to improving Goztepe, they can’t be sure of 3 points.

Gencler meanwhile moved up the table to 11th position and will probably be eying their normal historic league position of 8th before the end of the season.

As always, keep watching this space as the outcome unfolds.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, November 25, 2019

GENCLERBIRLIGI - NEVER SAY DIE !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Gencler moved out of the relegation zone last night after a stirring fight-back to claim all 3 points.

Kasimpasa       1             GENCLERBIRLIGI        2

Team – Ertac, Erdem, Ramos, Toure, Polomat, Halil, Berat, Fabricio, Sessegnon, Nadir and Stancu

Substitutes – Diallo, Seuntjens and Ayite

Kasimpasa opened the scoring 10 minutes into the 2nd half and looked like wrapping it up with only 10 minutes of the match remaining.   However, these days Gencler appear to have turned-the-corner and are not for quitting.

Stancu put Gencler back into the match with the equaliser in the 80th minute and then converted a penalty with 2 minutes remaining to seal a great come-back win for Gencler.

Next Friday night Gencler will host Malatya which will be a real test of Gencler’s credentials.   Malatya has only lost 3 matches so far this season and will therefore be a tough nut to crack.

3 points for Gencler would send a clear message of intent to the teams in the league and one point would still be considered as a satisfactory result.

Watch this space for the outcome.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, November 24, 2019

TOM AND JERRY !!!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

What the ....... ?     Tom and Jerry ???

Well, that’s the recommended headline from Maniac Kanka Harun as we exited the Stadium halfway through the 2nd half !     And ...... no prizes for guessing which team was Tom and which was Jerry !!

ANKARAGUCU         0                Trabzonspor         3

Team – Korcan, Kitsou, Yalcin, Pazdan, Pinto, Sedat, Faty, Canteros, Aydin, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Alihan, Moke and Cebrail

Harun, Kenan and I arrived early at the Stadium and after lunch in the swish Metro Shopping Mall, entered the Stadium where we met-up with Posh Kanka Ahmet.



A healthy crowd of about 13,000 turned-up which is pretty impressive considering Ankaragucu’s lowly position in the League and far distance out of the city.

It didn’t take long for Trabzon to exploit this Ankaragucu team.   Only 5 minutes had elapsed before Trabzon pounced on an Ankaragucu cock-up to open the scoring.   A long speculative ball was played to Aydin on the left which was too high for him to control.   So, instead of allowing the ball to go out of play, he headed the ball back to Kitsou who couldn’t reach his header and the ball was pounced on by the impressive Sorloth who scampered down the left wing with Kitsou unable to catch him.   Heading for the left post I expected a cut-back, but he shot across Korcan and inside the right post for an opportunist goal.

Ankaragucu was doing their best to put some pressure on the Trabzon defence but Orgill was having little joy on his own up front with Ilhan a passenger again.  

However, they did have a chance to equalise on the 17th minute mark when they won a free kick just outside the box on the right.    Canteros sent in an excellent flighted ball which hit the bar in the top right corner and bounced onto the goalkeeper’s head and out for a corner.   That was Ankaragucu’s last shot on target !

Trabzon was in control of the match and with their superior speed were causing all sorts of problems for the Ankaragucu defence.   On the half hour mark they almost went further ahead on two occasions but timely tackles and blocks prevented further damage.

Shortly after that, the referee called VAR into action over a suspected elbowing incident perpetrated by Faty, but fortunately the referee produced yellow instead of red (for now !!!).

Approaching half time and Korcan was called on to make a double save from goal scoring attempts.     Just time for Faty to receive another yellow for a tackle from behind and leave his team mates with an uphill task in the 2nd half !

Then on the half time whistle Trabzon conspired to miss an open goal after tearing the Ankaragucu defence apart.  

Unfortunately there was no relief at the half time whistle with optimism in very short supply in the knowledge that it would be 11 against 10 in the 2nd half.

One thing which was abundantly clear and that was the lessons Trabzon gave to Ankaragucu in the art of passing and team work in making yourself available for the return pass.   Also, the front players of Trabzon were like whippets and gave the Ankaragucu defence no respite !

Trabzon resumed where they left off  and had Ankaragucu on the back foot from the off, and it only took 3 minutes for Trabzon to kill the match off.   A flowing move on the right, the pass to Yusuf, who cut inside and fired in a great shot to the bottom right with Korcan scrambling across but too late to reach it.

10 minutes later and it was all over.   Another fast break on the right and the cross was sent over to the back post where Nwakaeme collected and fired in a bullet.

We had seen enough and expected more goals to follow with Trabzon in total command.   However, their foot came off the gas and they were content to see the match out in the knowledge that they would be sitting on top of the league.

On this form they look genuine champion contenders and I challenge anyone to doubt it.

As for Ankaragucu, the future is bleak, and Harun and I make no apologies for leaving the match after the 3rd goal went in.

There is little sign or hope of the transfer ban being lifted and all we supporters can hope for is damage limitation.

Ankaragucu remain 2nd bottom of the league but could be bottom today if Kayseri cause an upset and beat Sivas.

Next Saturday Ankaragucu travel to Alanya with little or no hope of bringing any points back to Ankara.

Doom and gloom beckons !!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, November 11, 2019

ANKARAGUCU OUT OF THEIR DEPTH AND SINKING !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu sank deeper into the relegation zone last night in Istan......spit.....bul and now prop-up the league in 2nd bottom position and only 2 points from the bottom.

For the most part, they were given a footie lesson last night by a slick and speedy Basaksehir team which made the Ankaragucu defence work overtime.   The scoreline tends to flatter Ankaragucu and Basaksehir should have put the match to bed long before Ankaragucu’s consolation goal.

Basaksehir            2               ANKARAGUCU          1

Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Mehmet, Faty, Sedat, Aydin, Moke, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Yalcin, Canteros and Cebrail

I watched the match in The Alerta Bar with my friend Halil and a few other Ankaragucu supporters on a laptop which Halil had kindly fixed-up to find a stream.   The effin Beshiktrash match being on at the same time prevented us watching on the big screen to pander to the many Ankara BJK ‘supporters’   !!!

The first goal arrived after only 10 minutes and it was fashioned down the right where most of Basaksehir’s dangerous moves originated.   Mehmet in particular had a howler of a match and couldn’t cope with the speed of the Basaksehir right winger.   However, in this case it was Ilhan who didn’t mark the loose attacker from a throw-in on the right.   He therefore had all the time in the world to cross perfectly for Crivelli to stroke the ball in.

It was mostly one way traffic as Basaksehir looked to kill the match off and by some miracle they couldn’t find the killer touch thanks to some resolute defending by Ankaragucu.

Ankaragucu did have a few incursions into the Basaksehir half with Faty and Ilhan scorning chances.   Also, Orgill tried an audacious bicycle-kick shot which was well off target.

Only one down at half time was amazing, but I still felt an avalanche was imminent.

Basaksehir started the 2nd half in all-out attack mode and it took a great saving tackle from Yalcin 2 minutes in to steal the ball off an attacker’s foot as he was about to score.

2 minutes later and it was Korcan to the rescue as he saved a goal bound shot just inside the post.

3 minutes later and it was Mehmet who almost gifted Basaksehir a goal when he was caught dithering on the ball, but the danger was cleared before any damage occurred.

15 minutes to go and the 2nd goal unsurprisingly arrived but again it was fashioned down the right with an express breakaway with Mehmet and others left for dead.   The precision cross was delivered to the inrushing Crivelli who finished clinically.

The 3rd goal was prevented by Pazdan who intercepted a dangerous cross from the left and cleared the danger.

Then with 3 minutes remaining Ankaragucu scored against the run of play, Aydin sent in an excellent cross from the right to Ilhan at the far post and I thought at the time that Ilhan made contact with a glancing header.   However, it seems that contact wasn’t made and the ball drifted into the top left.   The goalkeeper should have saved it, but I think he was distracted by Ilhan’s presence  ?!

Anyway, the goal obviously inspired Ankaragucu to search for the equaliser .......... better late than never I suppose   !!!

Ilhan and Orgill had efforts past the post and over the bar before the final whistle and Ankaragucu returned to Ankara empty handed.

I have to say that Ankaragucu played some really nice footie IN THEIR OWN HALF, but for the most part, when they ventured into Basaksehir’s half their passing and penetration was woeful.

Thankfully there will be an International Break next weekend to give the Coach more time to prepare for the visit of Trabzon on 23 November.   Trabzon is in fine form at the moment and sit comfortably in 3rd top position in  the league.

However, as we have seen, the Ankaragucu players never throw in the towel, even when staring defeat in the face.   This will be a real test of their character and a match which I intend to attend at The Eryaman Stadium.

Bring it on  !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim