Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Yes, it is tight at the top of the League with the League Title still up for grabs. However, it is all doom and gloom at the bottom with the relegation issue likely to be played out until the last ball is kicked.
It was Ankaragucu who caused the biggest shock of the weekend when they returned from high flying Trabzon with a well earned point, and in the process, dented Trabzon’s title hopes. Genclerbirligi, on the other hand, had another setback at home losing all 3 points to Kasimpasa.
In view of the current situation, I am unable to watch any of the matches, so my reports for the time being will cover the bare-bones with little or no detail.
Trabzonspor 1 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team - Ricordo, Pinto, Pazdan, Kulusic, Atila, Faty, Sedat, Scarione, Rodrigues, Saba and Orgill
Trabzon went straight into the lead in the 3rd minute when Sorloth put Trabzon ahead, and I feared the worst. However, Ankaragucu held firm and were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute which was despatched by Rodrigues.
Then, 10 minutes before the end Rodrigues was shown a Red card which left Ankaragucu hanging on, and they had a narrow escape in the dying minutes when Trabzon was denied a penalty after the referee consulted the VAR !!
GENCLERBIRLIGI 0 Kasimpasa 2
Team – Nordfeldt, Ozgenc, Ramos, Toure, Pehlivanoglu, Baino, Candeias, Ayite, Sessegnon, Sio and Stancu
Gencler didn’t improve their survival efforts any by capitulating at home to fellow strugglers Kasimpasa despite having the lions share of possession. They went behind in the 17th minute when Koita opened the scoring and Ndongala sealed it in 90 plus 5.
With Gencler in 13th position on 31 points and Ankaragucu in 18th position (bottom) on 25 points, the relegation issue is still not a done deal.
The next 2 weeks will prove crucial for both teams, starting next Saturday when Ankaragucu are at home to Alanya in 7th position. Gencler travel to Malatya who are in 15th place.
So, with only 5 more matches left to play, it is now in the players own hands to do the business to at least keep the pot boiling for yet another week.
Also, it goes without saying that Ankaragucu will miss Rodrigues up front next week, which, dare I say it, will mean Ilhan Parlak will be in the starting line up. Therefore, more pressure on Orgill to start finding the back of the net after a long barren spell !!!
Watch this space next Sunday for details.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim