In what was described as the biggest game of the season for Ankaragucu and a must win match at Kasimpasa, the team failed to turn up and a poor refereeing performance sealed the teams fate of playing Lig 1 football next season.
Team - Freidrich, Kitsiou, Sarlija, Kulusic, Pinto, Atakan, Endri, Alper, Paintsil, Saba, Badji
Subs - Mert, Pazdan, Erdi, Assane, Ali Kaan, Sahverdi, Geraldo, Lukasik, Atilla, Embiya
Only 6 minutes into the game poor defending from Ankaragucu down the left hand side lead to a dangerous attack. Hajradinovic went past Atakan and Pinto and then threw himself to the ground with minimal contact but Mete Kalkavan pointed to the spot. The soft decision then went to a VAR check which proves it wasnt a clear decision but Mete stuck to his decision and awarded the penalty. Up stepped Florian to make it 1-0.
Ankaragucu had the ball in the net a minute later when Sarlija scored but Endri was correctly ruled offside. Then disaster struck as Sarlija at the other end made a mistake down the left hand side again, and the ball made its way to Anil Koc who put the ball past Freidrich to make it 2-0.
Hikmet Karaman would have worked on the defence all week and asked his players to keep things tight at the back. Within 12 minutes two dreadful deffensive mistakes led to a penalty and a goal.
Five minutes later Endri had a free kick from 35 yards saved by Ertugrul as Ankaragucu looked to get back into the game.
Saba Lobjanidze was a player Ankaragucu were looking for a big game from last night as his form his been poor for months. Instead we were served one of the worst performances from and Ankaragucu player you will ever see. He was through on goal and never got a shot away, miss controlled the ball the whole game, never found a single team mate with a cross or pass in the final 3rd. It was an awful performance and hopefully the last time we see him.
Sarlija had another effort from the edge of the box just before half time but his shot was straight at Ertugrul.
Half Time 2-0
Into the second half and Ankaragucu were pushing forward looking for a goal. First Kitsiou volleyed over from the edge of the box, then Badji had a good chance but headed wide, before Kitsiou set up Endri in the box but his shot was saved by Ertugrul.
There was still time left for Saba to fall over the ball, miss control and waste chances before Paintsil had a chance at the edge of the box but he shot wide.
Aliou Badji then pulled one back for Ankaragucu as he the ball found its way to him unmarked in the box and he finished calmly past Ertugurl to make it 2-1.
Geraldo then crossed the ball into the box for Saba who was unmarked and only the keeper to beat, but again as he so often has this season he headed the ball straight at Ertugrul. Kasimpasa then went up the other end on a counter attack and Yildirim made it 3-1 much to the delight of the Kasimpasa team as it means they will now be playing Super Lig football next season.
An awful night for Ankaragucu as they are now relegated from the Super Lig for the 2nd time in 12 months under the leadership of Faruk Koca and Fatih Mert. The whole season has been a failure, from the Transfer policy, performances on the pitch and performances off the pitch by management.
Hikmet Karaman was close to guiding the team to safety, but when you have a squad of players who havent been paid in 5 months, a long with poor quality its pretty much an impossible task for any manager.
We now move onto next season and can only hope Ankaragucu can address all the off field issues first otherwise its going to be another journey back down the leagues.