that’s an exaggeration after living dangerously in the 2nd half in
last night’s match. However, the fact
remains that Ankaragucu is top of the league ..........well, at least until
tomorrow when Umraniye travel to Altinordu in what is 2nd v 13th.
ANKARAGUCU 2 Manisaspor 1
Team – Akin,
Erdem, Yusef, Sinan, Pinto, Zahid, Abdullah, Ishak, Murat, Eren and Ariyibi
Erdi, Cifci, Owusu, Ali Kaan and Geraldo
fortunate not to go behind in the 7th minute when Sinan was too
casual on the ball near the halfway line and was easily dispossessed. The fast break was on for Manisa, but after
an excellent pass into the box, the forward’s shot went just past the left
Fast forward to
the 20th minute and that was the extent of the action and I admit to
almost dozing-off with what was becoming a boring match. Therefore, I called a toilet break for
myself to prevent my nodding off !!!
That was obviously
the signal and wake-up call for Ankaragucu to liven proceedings up when the
match exploded into life 8 minutes later, and what a goal it was too. In Ankaragucu’s first serious attack of the
match, Ariyibi won the ball on the left after a loose Manisa defensive
clearance, and shot into the right corner from outside the box for a fantastic
Manisa was not
for folding and continued to press forward in search of the equaliser, and it
almost arrived 10 minutes before the half time whistle. A goal bound shot from outside the box was
well saved by Akin.
Then, 5 minutes
later came the goal of the match, which might well be a contender for goal of
the season. Murat picked the ball up
just inside his own half and scampered down the left avoiding one tackle. He then cut inside and into the box
avoiding two more tackles and sent a shot into the top right for a truly
Into the 2nd
half and Manisa came out in full-on attacking mode. It only took 10 minutes for Sinan to see
Red and and commit a needless foul on a Manisa attacker just outside the
penalty box in the centre. The referee
had no hesitation in producing the Red Card and I doubt that Sinan will be
missed in the next few weeks after a poor performance last night.
Mustafa Bey sent
Erdi on to shore up the defence as Manisa sensed blood and continued to attack
with Ankaragucu now reeling.
goal came in the 65th minute and in all honesty it was no more than
Manisa deserved. A bullet of a shot
from Tormin from outside the box was sent in to the top left. Akin got his fingertips to the ball but was
unable to prevent the ball finding the back of the net.
It was all
Manisa at this stage as they searched in vain for the equaliser.
Manisa had 4
goal bound shots saved by Akin from then until the final whistle on 90 plus
8. I have to confess to pulling my
hair out in frustration at Ankaragucu’s attempts to bring the ball out of their
own half and catch Manisa on the break.
However, the defence held firm and it was much relief all round when the
final whistle was blown !!
had 2 shots on target to Manisa’s 6, and Ankaragucu have Man of the Match, Akin,
to thank for winning all 3 points.
need to be more inventive and assertive next Saturday in another difficult
match away to 3rd place Eyupspor, and as I have said at the
beginning of the season, it’s going to be a hard slog till the end of the
season ................ and there will be no ‘easy’ matches in this league !!
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim