Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Lots of long faces in Ankara with only 2 (lucky) points from 2 matches and a transfer ban still in force due to financial reasons.
Also, only about 6,000 in the 20,000 Capacity Eryman Stadium last night due to the hiking up of the price of season tickets.
Also, Also, Ankaragucu is still without a bona fide Coach and seemingly on the road to nowhere, unless divine intervention arrives soon !
Also, Also, Also, the defence is still carrying the team with the back 4 and Korcan working their socks off. Praise too for Orgill (The Lone Ranger) who chases everything and but for his goals last season and last night, Ankaragucu would be in dire straits and goal-less !!!
The kankas, Maniac Kanka Harun, Apple Kanka Erman and yours truly, met up in The Alerta Bar and optimism wasn’t on the menu, but we are well used to that as long suffering Ankaragucu supporters !!
ANKARAGUCU 1 Kayserispor 1
Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan Mehmet, Moke, Sedat, Aydin, Canteros, Ilhan and Orgill
Substitutes – Pinto, Faty and Hasan
Ankaragucu started the match on the front foot and should have taken the lead in the 3rd minute when there was some skilful one-twos in the box before Aydin shot weakly at the goalkeeper.
One minute later and it was Orgill with a chance, but with no support in the danger zone he tried his luck but fired over and wide.
Kayseri gradually came into the match and on the 15th minute mark they had two goal scoring attempts saved by Korcan. A wake-up call as if one was needed !
5 minutes later and Orgill scored an ‘offside goal’, but the annoying thing was that he wasn’t offside. From a free kick outside the box on the right one of the Ankaragucu players was marginally offside when the ball was slung over, and the linesman quite rightly flagged. The ball came off a Kayseri defender and Orgill pounced to score. I understood Orgill’s frustration !!!
More skill from Ankaragucu 7 minutes later with a fast flowing move down the left and Ilhan finished it off with a weak shot direct at the goalkeeper.
Kayseri at this point was looking dangerous and thankfully Pazdan took off from where he left last week with some timely interceptions to frustrate the Kayseri attacks.
Approaching half time and Aydin received a deserved yellow card for retaliation after dithering on the ball and being dispossessed.
5 minutes to go and Korcan to the rescue again when he tipped over a goal bound shot and then Aydin had a chance to make amends from a free kick in a dangerous position on the right, but he sent the ball sailing high over the bar and yet another wasted chance went begging !
Into time added on and a great pass from Canteros to Orgill who attempted a shot from a difficult angle instead of employing the cut-back. There was just time for Korcan to save from another Kayseri fast breakaway and then it was half time.
Kayseri supporters may disagree, but going in all square was a fair reflection of the first half, but Ankaragucu was again guilty of giving the ball away cheaply and putting the defence and Korcan under pressure.
The 2nd half got underway with Pinto replacing the injured Mehmet and Kayseri was continuing to look dangerous. A shot came in from the left and went wizzing past. Then from a corner a header went just past.
A few minutes later and Ankaragucu went into the lead against the run of play. Ankaragucu won a free kick on the right and from the free kick taken by Canteros, Orgill headed in on the left to the top left with a great piece of opportunism.
It was almost the second 6 minutes later when a mistake in the Kayseri defence allowed Orgill a run at goal but his shot was at an angle and found the side netting.
Umut Bulut should have equalised for Kayseri when he found himself in space in the box but his shot went just over the bar.
15 minutes to go and Aydin again got caught dithering on the ball. With players available for the pass he allowed himself to be dispossessed and Kayseri were able to mount another attack.
5 minutes later Korcan to the rescue again when he made an excellent save from a corner.
Aydin was eventually substituted with only 5 minutes to go and replaced by one of the youth team players, Hasan.
Ankaragucu was hanging on and well into time added on when a free kick was given to Kayseri on the left. It was floated in and there was Umut Bulut to power in a header for the equaliser at the death. Aaaaaaargh !! However, as we all know from his time as an Ankaragucu striker, Umut is well named for his ‘bullet’ headers, and with that knowledge, he should have been shadowed and denied a heading opportunity !
Every match is a struggle for Ankaragucu these days and next weekend promises to be another backs against the wall affair away to Kasimpasa on Friday night. Therefore, much work to be done midweek with the midfield players and sparce attackers. Hopefully Orgill will receive more assistance next week !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim