Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
A great result last night in Ankara leaves the door ajar for Ankaragucu to record a famous escape from relegation. BUT..........only if they can conjure up two more victories in their last two matches, and hope that some of their fellow strugglers slip-up.
The end of the season at both ends of the league table are on a knife edge with still all to play for. There would have been few punters putting their money on an Ankaragucu win last night against last season’s champions, but for followers of Ankaragucu, we have never given up hope, especially with our famous fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude.
Of course, Galata....spit.....saray is not the same team as last season, but that does not detract from the result last night and Ankaragucu’s determination to refuse to lie-down !
ANKARAGUCU 1 Galatasaray 0
Team – Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Pinto, Faty, Pukasik, Saba, Scarione, Michalak and Orgill
I only managed to see the highlights, and it seems to have been one of those end-to-end matches with both goalkeepers kept busy. Scarione, Orgill and Pazdan had chances and I noticed that Pazdan was also busy in defence with his renowned blocking tackles.
Ricardo had another good match in goal and is quite rightly forcing our other excellent goalkeeper, Korcan, to warm the bench.
The crucial goal came in the 60th minute when a penalty was correctly awarded when an Ankaragucu player was tripped in the box. Scarione made no mistake with his trademark accuracy !
With 3 successive defeats, Galata.....spit.....saray is now struggling to qualify for the Europa Cup, BUT ..........do we care ???!!!
With those 3 vital points, Ankaragucu took closer order in the league with the bottom 5 who all play tonight, Rize, Konya, Denizli and Malatya all having difficult matches against teams in the top 5.
So, if Ankaragucu needed motivation then perhaps they will have it later tonight ?!
Ankaragucu has another home match next Sunday against Antalyaspor which falls into the category of ‘only a win will suffice’ !!
Their destiny is in their own hands now. Win the remaining two matches and hope for the other 5 teams to slip-up. Will they manage ‘The Great Escape’ ??
As always, watch this space for the answer.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim