Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
There can be no excuses for Ankaragucu’s inept performance last night when Ismail Bey fielded his strongest line-up with the exception of Pinto, who is perhaps injured.
As Harun said post-match, there were only two serious efforts from Ankaragucu on target during the match and both were well saved by the impressive Boffin in goal. That statistic is unacceptable for what was a ‘home’ match !
ANKARAGUCU 0 Antalyaspor 1
Team – Hopf, Alihan, Erdem O, Sedat, Faty, Yalcin, Mehmet Sak, Putsila, Mokhtar, Bifouma and El Kabir.
Substitutes – Ilhan, Kenan and Cerci
The kankas met-up at The Anasonn Bar – Maniac Kanka Harun, Nurer Kanka, Kenan and Ufuk. We were also joined by two of my previous High School students, Berkay and Ozgur. Berkay is an Ankaragucu supporter and Ozgur supports Genclerbirligi !
Ankaragucu started brightly enough and almost scored in the 3rd minute. Some nice short passing moves on the right resulted in the cross coming over, only for El Kabir to head his effort just past the post.
One minute later and Antalya gave a warning signal. A blunder from Bifouma just outside the penalty area gifted the ball to an Antalya attacker who probably couldn’t believe his luck. He evaded a tackle and his shot rebounded off the post and into Hopf’s hands. A lucky escape for Ankaragucu !
There was a further scare for Ankaragucu 6 minutes later when a cross came in from the right but there were no takers and the ball drifted just past the left post.
The crucial goal came 8 minutes later when Antalya was awarded a free kick on the left just outside the penalty box. Hakan sent in a low shot into the crowded penalty area which unbelievably evaded all the static Ankaragucu defenders and took a very slight deflection off ‘someone’ to deceive Hopf and in it went to put Antalya’s tails up !
Ankaragucu should have equalised in the 24th minute but Mokhtar’s effort was well saved by Boffin. Mokhtar had picked up a loose ball from an Antalya defender’s mistake and took off with only Boffin to beat. However, instead of curling his shot into the inviting space to the right of Boffin, he sent his shot straight at the goalkeeper who was able to parry it and put the ball out for a corner. A golden opportunity missed !
Leading up to the half time whistle and Hopf came to the rescue on two occasions with great saves from goalbound efforts.
Ankaragucu started the 2nd half in determined fashion but there was no cutting edge in their attacks. Also, the Antalya defence had an excellent match and were soaking up the pressure easily which came their way.
Ankaragucu continued to press forward but for all their huffing and puffing they managed only one serious attempt on target. A cross came in from the right and Ilhan met it and bulleted a header in which brought us all off our chairs. BUT, Boffin made an instinctive point blank save to frustrate us all.
Antalya almost caught out the Ankaragucu defence on a few occasions as Ankaragucu pressed forward searching for an equaliser, but Hopf was having none of it with some fine saves.
Faty had a great chance to find the equaliser with 4 minutes to go but his header from a right wing cross went flying past the post.
Well, in all honesty Antalya deserved to take the 3 points, but on another day it may have been a different story. There was too much dithering in Ankaragucu’s play and their one touch passes were going to Antalya players most of the time. Also, there was no cohesion between midfield and in attack last night with too many players having an ‘off day’ !
So, time to stop dreaming of that Europa Cup slot and concentrate on consolidating a mid-table league position.
The Kanka Group are now focused on next Saturday’s match in Bursa and the arrival of our Prodigal Son, Bellshill Kanka Nadeem who is flying over for the match from Scotland. The Kanka Group will be going to the match in a mini-bus and we know that we will be given a warm welcome by the Bursaspor fans.
There will be lots of photos of the event up here next weekend. Bring it on !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim