scorned a great opportunity to make a genuine attempt to exit the relegation
zone tonight in the Eryaman Stadium.
possession in the 1st half they should have had the ammunition to
put the match to bed against an average Rize team. However, they finished the match with 55%
possession and ran out of ideas how to break down the Rize defence.
ANKARAGUCU 1 Rizespor 1
Team – Korcan,
Kitsiou, Kulusic, Erdi, Atila, Ibrahim, Voca, Saba, Lukasic, Paintsil and
Endri, Pinto and Geraldo
themselves in the foot in the 2nd minute of the match with some
schoolboy defending from Rize’s first attack.
A pass was made inside the Rize half to the left where an attacker had
all the time in the world to control the ball and send in a cross to the back
post which should have been dealt with by Erdi. However, he allowed Donsah first bite and
he sent in a header just inside the right post with Korcan flat-footed probably
expecting Erdi to clear the ball.
up to their old negative tactics of having lots of possession in their own half
and midfield, but clueless what to do with the ball in the final third ! Also,
the 4 Ankaragucu corners were weak and sent straight to Rize defenders at the
near post with none of them going into the danger zone where the Ankaragucu attackers were waiting. This is something for
Hikmet Bey to resolve !!!
eventually had a shot on target on the half hour mark but Paintsil shot tamely
at the goalkeeper when he really should have buried it !
approaching and I must confess to thinking that we would lose this match when
Borven showed his predatory instinct 2 minutes into time added on. Ankaragucu had a free kick just outside the
box on the right which was sent into the danger zone and headed clear by a
defender straight to the unmarked Borven.
He calmly stroked the ball in to the right with the goalkeeper stranded.
had one other serious effort in the 2nd half when Endri’s goal bound
free kick just outside the box was well saved. From the resultant corner, Kulusic (I
think) headed just past the post.
Korcan saved a
goal bound shot at the other end when he saved at the near post from a free
kick on the right.
above Gencler at the bottom with both on the same points. However, with Ankaragucu still 5 points
off the safety zone the future is looking gloomy.
Taking only 1
point from fellow strugglers Rize and Kayseri last week does not bode well for
the run-in, especially the next 5 matches against quality opposition. Hatay (6th),
Galata.....spit.....saray (1st), Fatih (8th), Goztepe (10th)
and Trabzon (4th).
It goes without
saying that Ankaragucu must take something from those matches starting with the
visit to Hatay on Saturday.
As always, we
live in hope !!!
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim