Sunday, February 12, 2006


A pretty good weekend for Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi with both registering long overdue wins. Unfortunately I can't really add much to Eski Kanka's report as the Lig TV website has yet to put up footage of the goals a full 24 hours after the Ankaragucu match. Up to the minute as always are our friends at Lig TV.

I can't say much about the Genclerbirligi match either as I couldn't be bothered to sit in a cold stadium, so all I can do is say we won it 3-2 over third-placed Kayserispor. I only have the minute-by-minute report (which doesn't tell you much at all) so my own report will be brief.

It was a bitterly cold and snowy day in Ankara and despite Eski Kanka's prediction the match went ahead as planned. It must have been depressing for the two dozen Genclerbirligi supporters as Kayserispor went ahead on the 3rd minute mark.

But Isaac Promise decided to make today, the day I didn't bother going to the footie, the day to actually live up to his name. On the 13th he headed in a goal and then on 29th minute he passed the ball through to Ali Cansun to score. Half-time 2-1.

Kayserispor evened things up in the 77th but then something happened for us that normally only happens to the Istanbul Big 3. ie we scored a winning goal in the last minute when Ismail Gulduren sent the ball into the net.

The win puts us into 5th place, five points behind Kayserispor in third and four behind Besiktas.

Just looking at the minute-by-minute account makes it look like Gencler were the better team today which gives me hope for the rest of the season.

As for Ankaragucu, their new coach must be a happy man. He has had just three training sessions with the players and the reports in today's papers said the team played well. The win also gives Ankaragucu a slight amount of breathing space down at the lower rungs of the league. They are now in 11th position, but still only three points ahead of Diyarbakirspor who are coming dead last. Check out the table link on the right hand side to see just how close the race for to be included in the relegation three is.

Edit: Trabzonspor have won their match, so Genclerbirligi are pushed down to sixth.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings Kankas. Yes, a very good week at last for the Ankara BIG 2. Congratulations to the ground staff at 19 Mayis Stadium for performing the impossible and making the match playable,and also to Isaac Promise for proving that Oz Kanka's `dagger in his back` is totally unwaranted !!
    Look forward to some positive signs that you guys are gonna join me on Wednesday for the BIG cup match ???!!!
    All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
    PS.... Our opponents, Antep, lost 5-0 to Galata...spit...saray (the poor boys of Turkish footie !!!)tonight which gives us a ray of hope !!!