Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
An unsurprising end to Ankaragucu’s Super League status yesterday ! With their two midfield generals missing (Alper and Endri) and striker Borven still injured, there was no danger of Ankaragucu staging a fiery exit, although Badji did have a few chances which were scorned.
The match was dictated by a slick Alanya side and Ankaragucu have Man of the Match, Mert Topuz, to thank for keeping the score line respectable, especially in the 2nd half when it was all one way traffic !!
ANKARAGUCU 0 Alanyaspor 1
Team – Mert Topuz, Atakan, Kulusic, Pazdan, Erdi, Ali Kaan, Diousse, Saba, Cetin, Paintsil and Badj
Substitutes – Alperen, Geraldo, Lukasik, Orkan and Embiya
Alanya made it quite clear from the start that they were here to attack and gave Ankaragucu two scares in the opening 10 minutes when they carved open the Ankaragucu defence, but their final efforts were off target.
However, they punished terrible defending in the 23rd minute when Davidson headed in from a right wing cross. Mert made his only mistake of the match by committing himself for the cross too early and he was nowhere near it. As for the 4 defenders who were defending the cross, errrrrrrmm ............. posted absent asleep !!!!
10 minutes later and it was almost 2-0 when Erdi passed to an Alanya attacker who said ......thank you very much ...........as he passed to a colleague. But, thankfully Mert was able to save the shot.
Badji had two chances in the 1st half. Some nice footwork by him to avoid 2 tackles before his shot was blocked, and again he made space for a shot, but it was weak and easily saved.
As I said earlier, it was all one way traffic in the 2nd half and Mert Topuz was immense in saving goal bound shots – 6 times he pulled off great saves to thwart the Alanya forwards. He will probably be 1st choice goalkeeper next season in my opinion !!
Having said it was all one way traffic, Ankaragucu must shoulder some of the blame when they kept giving possession away with panic passing and hoofing long balls out of defence which were swallowed up by the Alanya midfield and another attack mounted.
Badji did have another chance to equalise near the end but his shot just inside the box was saved.
So, where does Ankaragucu go from here ??? As Nadeem mentioned in his summary (one post back) there will be lots of players packing their bags for pastures new and finding a Club which pays a salary on a regular basis !!!
As we know from a few years ago, life in the Championship League isn’t easy and lots of teams will relish the chance to come to The Eryaman Stadium to take the scalp of Ankaragucu !!
Club elections are due shortly, so we must wait and see what transpires, and see if it will it affect Ankaragucu in a positive or negative way.
As always, watch this space for details and Ankaragucu news throughout the summer months.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim