Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
A tremendous performance from Ankaragucu in Antalya last night when they put a useful Antalya team to the sword with a classic display of non-stop attacking football. This win moves Ankaragucu out of the relegation area up to 11th in the league, at least for now until other results come in this weekend !
Antalyaspor 2 ANKARAGUCU 4
Team – Altay, Sedat, Pinto, Kulusic, Pazdan, Kitsou, Djedje, Sacko, Boyd, Canteros and Orgill
Substitutes – Moulin and Ilhan
I met-up with two of my friends from The Old Pegasus Group in The Anasson Bar. Emir and Ziver are two of the originals from this group and I’ve seen them many times in Maraton, but it was great to catch-up with them again and enjoy the match together.
The match started at a furious pace and both teams were intent on attack which didn’t really let-up for the whole match. I made a comment at half time that it was breath-taking footie from both teams.
The match was swinging from end to end and the first goal came in the 18th minute from an Antalya corner on the left. It was swung over to the near post where an Antalya attacker got to it first ahead of a defender and angled his header to the back post. The ball hit the post and deflected in with Altay wrong footed.
Some teams might have folded after this, but not Ankaragucu. 3 minutes later and it was all square. A great pass from Pinto to Orgill on the left and he brought the ball forward and let fly with an angled shot around the goalkeeper and in at the right post.
5 minutes later and Ankaragucu went ahead. Boyd received a pass on the left, brought the ball forward and lobbed the goalkeeper at the near post. It may have gone in, but Orgill was following up and he made sure to almost burst the net !
4 minutes later and it was all square again ! Nazin received a pass just outside the box and waltzed through a few feeble tackles to power in an unstoppable shot past Altay. Poor defending by Ankaragucu to detract from the good play which had gone before this goal.
It looked like it was going to be honours even at the half time whistle, BUT ......... Orgill had other ideas ! 3 minutes to go and another great searching pass by Pinto to the right and the cross for the in rushing Orgill to make a diving header and in. A fantastic flowing move and a well executed goal by Orgill who gave us a few back somersaults in celebration of his hat-trick !!
The 2nd half resumed and both teams started like an express train with play flowing from end to end.
Both teams had chances to score again but Altay was again in inspiring form and Ankaragucu was guilty of wastefulness in the final third.
Approaching the end of the match and I could sense both teams were tiring, which was unsurprising in view of the hectic pace of the match.
However, there was one last piece of skill to admire when Ankaragucu made a sweeping move down the right on 90 plus 5. The ball was slipped into Boyd’s path and he swept in a great shot for the 4th goal. What a finish to a truly memorable match !
My man of the match is going to Pinto for his non-stop work in defence and midfield. This was his best match ever in an Ankaragucu shirt and more of this will do nicely. Of course, a special mention too for hat-trick hero Orgill who is now showing us what we have missed since Umut Nayir jumped ship to Bursa.
A great team effort and one which bodes well for the future if we can keep the nucleus of this team together for next season.
To end on a sad note ....... it has been reported this morning that two young Ankaragucu fans died in a traffic accident on the way back to Ankara last night. The Kanka Group send our condolences to their families.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim