Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
ANKARAGUCU received their first home defeat of the season last night in bitterly cold Ankara. What rankles though is that it was at the hands of an Istan….spit….bul team !!
ANKARAGUCU 0 Galatasaray 4
It was all upbeat in The Cappadokia Bar pre-match when I joined the kankas where the Basement Bar had been `taken-over` ! It was an amazing sight to see about 30 kankas gathered together, and finding a seat proved to be a daunting task !
Too many kankas to mention, but all the `regulars` were there and lots of Moutaineering Kanka Robbie’s Bilkent Babes (oh yes….. and ….. after-thought…..there were some Bilkent Boys there too !).
No probs getting into the Stadium which was about full by KO time. Lottsa singing with the ANKARAGUCU tribunes drowning out the Galatasaray Mob. Our own Trekking Kankie Nicky was Chief Kanka Cheer Leader and doing a great job too (well, at least for the first 37 minutes of the match when we had something to cheer about !!).
It was a tight struggle up to that point with both teams taking time to settle and testing each others defences.
Then in an 8 minutes spell just before half-time the singing was interrupted and shock took over !
The first goal on 37 minutes was a defensive nightmare. A fierce shot at goal brought a great instinctive save from Serkan and the second shot from the rebound was again saved, but the ball rebounded to the unmarked Hakan who had the easiest of tap-ins. During all this fiasco, the defence were standing admiring Serkan’s heroics and Galatasaray's shooting practice !! No doubt Hakan Kutlu will be conducting a post-mortem this week on this aberration ??!!
4 minutes later another schoolboy error set-up the 2nd goal. Murat Duruer taking the ball out of defence allowed himself to be tackled and dispossessed instead of passing the ball and Arda ran through unchallenged between FOUR defenders to give Serkan no chance !
2 minutes later and the goal of the match. A break along the left wing, look up, cross to the unmarked Umit Karan to half volley in past the helpless and exposed Serkan. Kirita and Paulauskas were both marking Hakan and were unaware of Umit’s run. Of course, Paulauskas should have been marking him, but he is a central defender normally and was playing out of position at left full back in place of the suspended El Yasa. However, no excuses for leaving a striker of Umit’s predatory talents unmarked !!
So, 3 defensive blunders and 3 `presents` to Galatasaray and the half-time whistle came as a relief !
Not much to say about the 2nd half, except that ANKARAGUCU did not allow their heads to go down. All credit to them for that at least ! Bebbe and Diawara both had good chances to score but it was not to be.
Galatasaray’s Serkan added a 4th near the end but it was purely academic by then.
So, what now ? ANKARAGUCU is now 10 points behind 5th placed Kayseri and I have to be realistic and concede that the UEFA Cup dream is now on-hold until NEXT season !
It’s the Gencler v ANKARAGUCU derby next weekend. Details to be announced by Oz Kanka when known.
All the best from an extremely disappointed Eski Kanka Jim
PS…… I just heard that Gencler were drawn against Adana Demirspor in the quarter final of the Turkish Cup. I can see Oz Kanka grinning from here !!!