Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Last night in the Cappadokia Bar, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I witnessed the sad demise of Ankaragucu's season.
Second bottom of the League with 5 difficult matches coming up and now elimination from the Cup with a whimper.
Bursaspor 1 ANKARAGUCU 0
Bursa P2 W2 D0 L0 F3 A0 Points 6
Fener P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Points 3
Tokat P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Points 1
Esehir P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A3 Points 1
A'gucu P2 W0 D0 L2 F0 A2 Points 0
With Bursa and Fener still to play Tokat we can safely assume that Bursa and Fener will qualify for the next stage of the Cup. Therefore, the Ankaragucu v Tokat match takes on little significance and only die-hard supporters are likely to attend this match.
We are now accustomed to seeing Ankaragucu at the bottom of the League and the Cup Group this season and it will be no surprise if Tokat come to Ankara with an attacking formation and a surprise could well be on the cards !
Ankaragucu started with a strange line-up last night. No Serkan, Erdogan and Jaba. Regulars, Gokhan, Cem and Mehmet came on in the 2nd half, but apart from some nice touches from Gokhan, there was little change in the kick and rush tactics.
Zafer and Metin started a match for the first time this season and can take some credit for their efforts, but apart from them, it was a sorry performance.
The match was effectively over after 25 minutes when Zuniga latched onto a superb through ball which left 3 defenders trailing in his wake. He angled his shot out of the reach of Zafer and that was it. No criticism of Zafer who had a few excellent saves to keep the scoreline down.
Ankaragucu had only one clear-cut chance just before the final whistle when a rocket from Gokhan came off the post, but the player following up (the cameraman was too slow to pick him out !) blasted over when all it needed was a deft touch.
So, sad to say, it was the old story of huff and puff from Ankaragucu. No doubting their effort, but there was no cohesion from midfield to attack which gave the Bursa defence an easy night.
League business resumes in Eskisehir on Sunday, and it goes without saying that I am not looking forward to reporting that match !
All the best from a sad Eski Kanka Jim
PS ...... Unfortunately, due to illness, Maniac Kanka Harun couldn't be with us last night and so we wish him ....... gecmisolsen from us all.