Sunday, December 08, 2019

ANKARAGUCU IN DIRE STRAITS !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Well, let’s not shake our heads and gasp at the result.   As I’ve said more times than I care to remember, there are no ‘easy’ games in this league, especially against a strong Goztepe team who came to Ankara with their tails-up and to attack from start to finish..

ANKARAGUCU     1                Goztepe       3

I watched the match with Atagun in the warmth and comfort of the Alerta Bar with the temperature hovering at just below 0 degrees C outside.   Am I getting soft in my olde age ?    Answers not invited   !!!

Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Pinto, Moke, Sedat, Canteros, Aydin, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Cebrail, Alper and Hasan

It was an amazing start to the match.   After only 30 Seconds on the clock, Goztepe broke with speed down the left with the Ankaragucu defence still in doze-mode.   The cross came in and the shot was destined for the back of the net, but Korcan made an instinctive save and the rebound went straight to Halil who made no mistake with Ankaragucu players still lagging and unable to protect Korcan.   What a sucker-punch  !!

Ankaragucu tried to respond and Ilhan had THREE genuine attempts in the next 15 minutes to find the equaliser, but from the first, his header was easily saved, and the other two were over and well past the post as he scuffed his shot for the latter.

Then, on the 20th minute mark Ankaragucu should have had a penalty when a Goztepe defender used his hand to control the ball before clearing.   Sedat asked for VAR, but the referee waved his protests away.   The TV replay showed clearly that the penalty should have been awarded.    Win some, lose some  !

5 minutes later and panic stations in the Ankaragucu penalty area with their inability to clear the danger.    However, a plus point here for Ilhan when he tracked back to dispossess a Goztepe player who was gearing up to shoot.

A minute later and it was Pazdan to the rescue to block a dangerous goal attempt.

The equaliser came against the run of play on the half hour mark and it was much maligned Ilhan who was the hero.   Ankaragucu took a quick corner to catch the Goztepe defence sleeping and the ball was crossed in from the right.   The ball was cleared and was picked up Sedat, but before he could do anything constructive, Ilhan pounced first to fire a snap-shot into the top left for a classic predator’s goal.

Goztepe returned to the attack and a saving tackle by Kitsiou prevented a goal, and so Ankaragucu deservedly went in all square at half time, and it could be argued that this was down to their fighting spirit.

The 2nd half was barely 2 minutes old when Ankaragucu again suffered a sucker-punch and conceded an early goal.   A cross came in from the right to the back post and there was the dangerous Serdar (Man of the Match) to bullet a header in with Korcan well beaten.

10 minutes later and it was all over for Ankaragucu when that man again, Serdar, collected a pass on the left and sent in a screamer to the top right corner with Korcan well beaten again.   There are few, if any, goalkeepers who would have saved his 2 goals, so no criticism of Korcan on all 3 goals.

Goztepe should have extended their lead in the 64th and 80th minutes but two great saves by Korcan kept the score ‘respectable’  !!

In all honesty, I can’t really complain about the result.   Goztepe was sharper and took their 3 goals well.   The Ankaragucu weaknesses are there for all to see, so no point in dwelling on the obvious.

Ankaragucu remain stuck in 2nd bottom place in the league, but if Kayseri win tomorrow night then they could replace Kayseri as the bottom club !!

Next Saturday Ankaragucu travel to Istan.....spit.....bul to take on Galata.....spit.....saray, so perhaps this will be another disaster waiting to happen   ??!!

As always, watch this space for the details.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, December 07, 2019

GENCLERBIRLIGI – DEFENSIVE FRAILTIES EXPOSED !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Gencler defence was torn to shreds last night in Kadikoy by a resurgent Fenerbahce team who attacked from start to finish.   As much as I hate to say it, this Fener team look strong favourites to overtake current leaders Sivas, and on this form could also be pencilled-in as League Champions.

Fenerbahce       5                GENCLERBIRLIGI       2

Team – Ertac, Candeias, Flavio, Toure, Halil, Baiano, Berat, Sessegnon, Sio, Polomat and Stancu

Substitutes – Nadir, Rahmetullah and Sefa

I was fortunate enough to see the match in snatches in the Red Lion Club when I was joined by two Gencler supporters (Steve and Oguz) for a darts match.

When Sio opened the scoring after only 8 minutes we were hoping for an upset and for Fener to engage panic mode.   However, our optimism was soon dashed when Fener settled and hit 3 goals through Muric (2) and the impressive Gustavo before the half time whistle.

On the resumption, Fener continued to dictate matters and it was unsurprising when they extended their lead through Ferdi with 15 minutes of the match remaining.

Gencler, to their credit, never gave up their efforts to penetrate the Fener defence and were rewarded with a 2nd goal with a slick attack on the right.   The ball was played into Stancu just outside the box and he fired in an angled shot beyond the reach of Altay in goal.   A just reward for their efforts.

Fener was in no mood to extend their generosity further and Kruse added the 5th near the end when Fener split the Gencler defence open and Kruse had the easiest of tasks to tap-in with Ertac left exposed.

Gencler have another difficult match next Saturday at home against Goztepe who are Ankaragucu’s opponents tonight.   Irrespective of that result, Goztepe will be a difficult nut to crack.

As always, watch this space for the details.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, December 02, 2019

Alanyaspor 5-0 Ankaragucu



The future of Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig looks extremely bleak at the moment after another thumping at the weekend against Alanyaspor. Its difficult to criticise any of the player or Manager at this stage as the problems off field with previous Management are the main reason why the club are in this position.

Team - Korcan, Cebrail, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Moke, Kitsiou, Canteros, Mehmet Sak, Hasan Kaya, Dever Orgill

The one bit of criticism that came Mustafa Kaplans way at the weekend was the decision to play Mehmet Sak in one of the winger positions instead of Berke Gurbuz. Mehmet Sak is at best an amateur league level player. He cant defend, cant beat players, doesnt have any skill and doesnt score. And it showed during the game where his only contribution was giving away the 2nd goal for Alanyaspor after sloppy play in the middle of the park.

Goals for Alanyaspor came through Bakasetas who grabbed a double, and Djalma Campos who scored a hat trick.

There was noting positive to write about the Ankaragucu performance who now must win next Saturday at home to in form Goztepe. The team are 3 points behind Kasimpasa who are just outside the relegation zone.