Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Headline by Kaleci Kanka Tansu !
This will be a short and ‘bitter’ report !
Ankaragucu can have no complaints about yesterday’s scoreline in Kayseri. They were totally outplayed by an average Goztepe team who were up for it. Goztepe was always first to the ball, closing players down and looked much fitter than Ankaragucu. That’s not to say that Ankaragucu didn’t have chances to score, but for the most part they were futile efforts. Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu and I watched the match in The Anasson Bar in the company of some other frustrated Ankaragucu supporters !
ANKARAGUCU 0 Goztepe 3
Team – Korcan, Mehmet, Alihan, Kone, Kenan, Sedat, Faty, Mokhtar, Ilhan, El-Kabir and Kubilay.
Substitutes used – Putsila, Cerci and Kehinde
It was all Goztepe for the first 10 minutes and they almost went in front in the 2nd minute when Mokhtar’s back-pass was short and latched onto by a Goztepe forward, but fortunately Korcan was alert to it and smothered the ball at his feet.
Goztepe did score in the 9th minute but it was rightly chalked off for offside.
Ankaragucu did have 3 chances in the first half. Ilhan received a pass from the left but shot tamely past the post. Kubilay was targeted by a cross from the right but missed his header and Mokhtar struck a free kick just outside the penalty box straight into the wall !
Goztepe started the 2nd half as they did the 1st half. They were stroking the ball around and giving Ankaragucu the run-around, and they almost opened the scoring 3 minutes in. A sweeping passing move was halted by Mehmet with a saving interception to frustrate Goztepe.
However, we only had 2 minutes to wait for the inevitable goal and it was another sweeping move with a perfect cross from the left and Jerome first timed it into the top left with Korcan well beaten.
It was almost two 6 minutes later when a Goztepe header hit the outside of the post and went out.
Then in the 66th minute the most amazing and unbelievable decision when El-Kabir (the only player looking capable of scoring) was hooked and Cerci came on to replace him. Actually, Cerci should have been on from the start !!!
2 minutes later and goal of the match when Goztepe brought the ball from their own box with Ankaragucu back peddling and the classic cut back on the left and swept in by Halil to put the match out of Ankaragucu’s reach.
10 minutes later it was all over. Another break down the left by Goztepe, the cross came over and Gouffran stepped between THREE Ankaragucu defenders to slot in with ease.
There was one chance near the end for Ankaragucu when Kenan did some great work down the right to beat 3 Goztepe defenders. His perfect cross was met by Kehinde near the penalty spot but his weak shot was sent straight into the goalkeeper’s hands !
So, as Tansu quite rightly said, Ankaragucu is in Freefall and have slipped to 12th position in the league. However, if Kayseri win in Erzurum today it will be 13th position !
So to the Winter ‘of Discontent’ Break ! This will surely give new Coach, Harun Bektas, time to ponder the 2nd half of the season and it doesn’t get any harder than an opening away match against Galata....spit....saray on 20 January 2019 ! It should also be mentioned that Djedje and El-Kabir will have left for pastures new, so who is going to lead the line is anyone’s guess, and before you say it ............... I will .............. NOT Ilhan Parlak pleeeeeeeeez !!!
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 to all our readers !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim