Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu deservedly won the first Ankara Derby of the season last night after two well taken goals in the 1st half, and to be honest, Gencler never looked likely to stage a fight back, especially in the 1st half when they were overwhelmed. However, although they saw more of the ball in the 2nd half, Gencler didn’t record a shot on target in the entire match !!
ANKARAGUCU 2 Genclerbirligi 0
Team – Akin, Erdem, Yusuf, Sinan, Pinto, Abdullah, Ishak, Ali Kaan, Murat, Aytiribi and Eren
Substitutes – Cifci, Zahid, Geraldo, Aatif and Ulas
The Kankas, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Haluk and I, met up in the Bira Park Bar to watch on the big screen which was our first get-together for many months. Hopefully we will be able to continue watching the matches together without further restrictions ?!
The match started with Ankaragucu looking the more purposeful side and their pressure paid off in the 13th minute with a goal from a surprising source. Ayiribi was brought down outside the penalty box on the left. The free kick was floated to the back post where the ball was headed into the centre, but it was cleared to the back post again. The ball was sent back into the centre where it was met by Sinan who shot powerfully in, despite being surrounded by players of both teams.
8 minutes later and the 2nd goal arrived and it was a classic goal out of the training manual ! Ali Kaan sent in a cross from outside the penalty box on the right with what can only be described as a perfect pass to Eren in the centre inside the penalty box and he struck the ball on the volley for his first goal for Ankaragucu !
Gencler only had one real chance to salvage something from the match in the 2nd half, but with the goal at his mercy the Gencler attacker ballooned the ball over the bar.
Ankaragucu had 2 chances in the 2nd half to kill the match off. Firstly, a shot from outside the penalty box hit the post and was cleared, and secondly, the Gencler goalkeeper made a great save to deflect a goal bound shot over the bar for a corner.
Gencler is stuck at the bottom of the league along with Bursaspor on 1 point and in danger of being cut adrift if they don’t start picking up points. They will be at home to mid-table Altinordu on Wednesday night followed by a difficult journey to Samsun next Sunday.
Ankaragucu move up to 5th top in the league and confidence will be high for the trip to play Istanbulspor on Thursday evening. Ankaragucu will then be at home next Monday evening against Menemen.
An excellent attacking team performance last night by Ankaragucu and a special mention for Erdem who has grown in stature since he was awarded the Captain’s armband. He had been a commanding figure in defence and that was something which was badly missed last season.
As always, watch this space for news of both teams forthcoming matches.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim