Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
What a fantastic come-back from Ankaragucu. 1-2 down with 5 minutes to go and then .....
ANKARAGUCU 3 Galatasaray 2
We met up in the Beer Bus Bar - Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Maniac Kanka Harun and I. We were also joined by Flying Dutchman Kanka Carlo and Oz Kanka Chris who were there to watch the Antalya v Gencler match.
Off to the Stadium we went on a pleasant sunny day where we met up with Rip Off Kanka Erman.
The Stadium was almost full with just a few spaces in Gecekondu and the noise factor was high.
Ugur, Rajnoch, Zewlakow, Klukowski
Gabric, Adem, Sapara, Serdar
Sestak and Fatih
Substitutes - Ozgur, Bednar and Dogan (no place for Vittek who was ill)
The match got underway and for the first 10 minutes or so it was a cat and mouse match with both teams feeling each other out.
Ankaragucu had their chances. Fatih and Sestak slipped at the vital moments when in good positions. Gabric, Sestak and Sapara had shots on goal but Zapata was equal to them.
It was end to end footie, but then Galatasaray drew first blood. A great move on 33 minutes which carved open the Ankaragucu defence and Aydin had the simplest of tasks to slot it in. We didn't have the correct angle in Marton but it looked offside to me.
Galatasaray was now looking the more dangerous as half time approached but the Ankaragucu defence held firm with Zewlakow in particular having a calming influence and making some great clearing tackles.
Mesut Bakkal's half time team talk obviously did the trick when Ankaragucu came out looking more determined and hungrier than before the break.
Sapara fired in a rocket of a free kick on 50 minutes which went just past. Then, 2 minutes later the well deserved equaliser came. A corner was slung over by Sapara to the near post, which was flicked over to the far post where Sestak, in a great position, was able to head in.
It was all Ankaragucu now and we were sensing another goal.
However, it came at the other end against the run of play.
It has to be said though ..... a great goal. A shot came in and hit the bar which rebounded to Pino and he fired in a great shot to the top right hand corner with Ozden well beaten.
70 minutes in and it was still all Ankaragucu searching for the equaliser. Sapara blasted over when a tap-in was all that was needed, and Sestak shot just past the post.
Then, with only 5 minutes left, a great cross ball and Sestak headed in to send the tribunes into raptures.
I have to confess that I was happy to settle for a point at this stage, but Sestak wasn't !!
3 minutes later he squeezed a shot inside the right post with Zapata unable to reach it.
We all went loopy dancing like lunatics. The noise factor was deafening, and ..... the Galatasary tribune was ....... SILENT !!!
Final whistle and what a great team performance from Ankaragucu with Sestak obviously taking Man of the Match award for his predatory skills. Captain Sapara also played his part as usual, and for the short time he was on (25 minutes) Bednar showed some promise for the future.
A word of praise also for the referee, Halis Ozkahya, who showed the good face of refereeing in Turkey.
Looking forward to next weekend ....
Sunday evening 20th - Gencler v Trabzon
Monday evening 21st - Bursa v Ankaragucu
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim