Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Another lack lustre display from Ankaragucu this afternoon who were rather fortunate to escape with a point. Karagumruk took their foot off the pedal in the 2nd half and really should have killed the game off if they had continued at the pace the showed in the 1st half.
Karagumruk’s passing was crisp and accurate with lots of one touch passes which Ankaragucu had difficulty in dealing with. On the other hand, Ankaragucu’s passing was erratic and Ankaragucu players easily dispossessed with Karagumruk players pressing and not allowing Ankaragucu time on the ball. Also, the forwards, notably Bollingi, were slow to react to passes from colleagues allowing the Karagumruk defence to challenge and win tackles easily.
ANKARAGUCU 2 Fatih Karagumruk 2
Team - Ricardo, Sarliga, Erdi, Pazdan, Atilla, Atakan, Assance, Saba, Adzic, Borven and Bolingi
Substitutes – Cetin, Emre, Lukasik, Can and Orkan
It was interesting to note that Karagumruk’s starting line-up were all foreign players. However, there were a few Turkish players on the bench !!
The first real chance came to Ankaragucu in the 5th minute when a low cross came in from the right, but there were no takers.
9 minutes later and Karagumruk went into the lead when Assane lost possession in midfield when he dithered on the ball. Karagumruk took off on the right with the Ankaragucu defence backpedalling and when the cross came into the box there was Sobilech to tap in.
7 minutes later and it was Ricardo to the rescue when he saved a goal bound shot with his outstretched foot. There may have been a slight deflection, so it was a good reaction save.
Ankaragucu was then given a lifeline 3 minutes later when they were awarded a penalty. Ervin’s arm and hand went into the face of Sarligi in the box in a challenge and the referee pointed to the spot. Bolingi wanted to take it, but the ball was given to Borven, who sent his shot to the left and the goalkeeper guessed where it was going. He partially saved it and the ball squirmed out of his hands and into the net. A poorly taken penalty and a slice of luck for Ankaragucu !!
Karagumruk continued to look dangerous and their possession was rewarded 10 minutes before the break with a 2nd goal. A cross came in from the left, and with 5 Ankaragucu defenders around him, Roco was quickest to react and headed into the right corner.
More Karagumruk pressure followed with 2 fierce shots which went narrowly past the post. Then, just before the half time whistle, Erdi lost possession which caused panic in the Ankaragucu defence. Ricardo partially saved a shot and then the follow-up was blocked and the ball trundled out for a corner.
10 minutes into the 2nd half and Karagumruk almost added a 3rd when a Karagumruk forward was 1 on 1 with Ricardo but he rushed out and smothered the danger.
Bolingi had a great opportunity for a break on the left but his pass to a colleague was wayward and the ball went out of play.
10 minutes to go and Emre almost equalised when his shot to the left corner produced a great save from the goalkeeper for a corner.
A few minutes later Pazdan gave away a free kick just outside the box in the centre. The shot was well directed but hit the bar and out.
With only 5 minutes to go, Sarliga had an effort well saved at the right post.
With the clock on 90 minutes came the hero. Ricardo’s long clearance reached Emre who controlled the ball inside the box and shot. The ball hit the post, rebounded conveniently to Emre and he slotted in for the equaliser !!
There was a scare on 94 minutes when a short back pass was played to Ricardo and his clearance was deflected over the bar by a Karagumruk attacker !!
So, Ankaragucu is still looking for their first win, but perhaps taking a point off an impressive Karagumruk side will give them some much needed confidence for their next match on 22 November when they travel south to play Goztepe in Izmir.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim