Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gaziantepspor 1-2 Ankaragucu match report!

Lanre Kehinde went from villain to hero today for Ankaragucu after the Super sub scored a brace to give Ankaragucu the 3 points at Gaziantep after going a goal behind.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Gencer, Alihan, Mehmet, Arif, Sedat, Putsila, Kenan, Ilhan, Umut

Subs - Altay, Kehinde, Abdulkadir, Ferhat, Enes, Doka, Dieng, Mahmut

İsmail Kartal went with the same team that beat Samsunspor at home last week with Umut and Ilhan continuing their partnership up top. Before the game started most predicted a comfortable win for Ankaragucu and although they dominated, they didn't get it all their own way.

The first chance of the game came for Gaziantepspor after a mix up between Korcan and Erdem almost let Gaziantep in but between them they managed to clear the ball. A couple of minutes later Umut had a half chance for Ankaragucu but his cross come shot was cleared for a corner.

Ilhan Parlak went close on the 8th minute as he fired over the bar after nice play from Kenan Özer to set him up.

Muhammed Ildiz and Serhan Yilmaz were the two stars in the Gaziantepspor side and it was Serhan who went close from distance but his shot went inches wide. At the other end Ilhan Parlak almost broke the deadlock after he headed the ball against the bar from a brilliant Mehmet Sak cross.

The teams went in at half time goalless with Ankaragucu dominating possession but struggling to breakdown the Gaziantep defence. İsmail Kartal brought Doka on for Kenan at the break as they went looking for that opening goal.

First chance of the second half fell for Umut Nayir who volleyed from 20 yards straight into the arms of Adnan. Five minutes later Gaziantep had a chance at the other end but Korcan saved easily. Lanre Kehinde replaced Sedat for Ankaragucu as the team piled on the pressure.

The big striker made an immediate impact as he set up Doka who fired over the bar from a tight angle. Two minutes later Ankaragucu hit the bar again, this time Anton Putsila went on a brilliant run before chipping the ball onto the bar.

It looked like it was going to be one of those days as two minutes later Ankaragucu hit the ball again as Kehinde smashed a stunning 30 yard effort against the bar. Unbelievably Gaziantepspor went straight up the other end and Serhan fired a 25 yard effort into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the home side. Poor defending and Korcan should maybe have done better in goal but plenty of time for an Ankaragucu comeback?

Umut had a half chance for Ankaragucu but fired over the bar before Serhan nearly made it 2-0 but this time Korcan made a good save.

Then came the equaliser, a brilliant ball into the box from Mehmet Sak saw Kehinde power his header at the back post beyond Adnan into the net to make it 1-1.

Mehmet Sak and Anton Putsila both put in great crosses for Umut and Kehinde as the searched for the winner but both efforts went wide. With 5 minutes remaining a moment of madness from Gencer almost gifted a 2nd for the home side. He tried to shield the ball out of play but lost the ball but Gaziantepspor couldn't capitalise and a Ankaragucu cleared.

On his Ankaragucu debut Lanre Kehinde saw red for a headbut much to the anger of the Ankaragucu fans. Today he repaid that mistake with his 2nd goal of the game and match winner. A long ball over the top which the Gaziantep defence didn't deal with, Kehinde used his power and knocked the ball past Adnan into the net to send the Ankaragucu fans wild!!! 2-1 Ankaragucu

A fantastic performance from Kehinde and it saw Ankaragucu move into the playoff places. They made hard work of it but it's the 3 points that matter and it's now 3 wins in a row. Next up is a home match against Boluspor next Sunday.


  1. Excellent report from Nadeem.

    Ankaragucu left it late for the 2nd week in a row to win the match, but let's hope it is not going to be a regular habit !

    In view of Kehinde's performance, and putting myself in Ismail's shoes, I would put him and Umut up front on a regular basis. This would leave Ilhan and Pursila as the architects in midfield to supply the ammo.

    There is still a problem with the defence, but that is Ismail's headache to solve, and ......... quick !!!

    Well done Kehinde and the team !

  2. Anonymous4:34 pm

    Nadeem Thanks for this remarkable report.
    Being a regular AG pessimistic, I have to state that we are under the protection of God in the last 2 games .The forward and even midfield is too slow to depreciate the counter defences. And as a result we need an external protection. But How long we get this support. I am skeptical. When I watch the other teams in Bein Sports I loose my hope even for Play Offs. Volkan

  3. Thanks Volkan

    I agree we lack some speed in the team especially after losing Tonia and Nduka to injury. But we have enough quality to make the playoffs. With Kehinde, Ilhan and Umut we have a strong attacking force
    We just need to be stronger at the back, thats the main problem. If we keep clean sheets then we will win most matches