defeat for the first time this season as Ankaragucu deservedly took all 3
points last night and returned to the top of the league, albeit on goal
It was an
emphatic victory by Ankaragucu who looked dangerous every time they ventured
forward, and pleasing that Coach, Mustafa Bey, has the players playing as a ‘team
Team – Akin,
Erdem, Yusuf, Sinan, Pinto, Ali Kaan, Owusu, Zahid, Ishak, Ariyibi and Eren
Murat, Abdullah, Aatif, Ciftci and Geraldo
met-up at The Bira Park Bar. Maniac
Kanka Harun, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu and Honourary Kanka
Haluk. Apart from the usual
refreshments, we were treated to an amazing array of Mezze dishes by the new
Chef ......... mmmmmm delicious !!
Man of the
Match, Owusu, was a thorn in the side of Umraniye throughout the match, and it
was he who opened the scoring at the critical time. After 10 minutes of sizing each other up,
it was Owusu who scored the crucial first goal and what a goal it was too. He received a pass on the left and
scampered down the wing, he then cut inside taking out two defenders at the
same time, and from just outside the box sent in a bullet of a shot to the top
right with the goalkeeper having no chance.
It should have
been two 10 minutes later when Ali Kaan was put through on the right. He powered into the box, rounded the
goalkeeper who committed himself to the save, and his shot just clipped the
outside of the right post. So
half time whistle and Ali Kaan tried a long shot from outside the box but the
ball sailed just over the bar.
The pattern of
the match changed after only 5 minutes into the 2nd half when
Vrsajevic received a straight RED card for bringing Owusu down just outside the
box as he was bearing in on goal and about the shoot. Eren took the free kick and sent it just
past the left post.
A few minutes
later the speedy Murat replaced the equally speedy Ariyibi who limped off, and
Murat almost scored with his first touch, but his snap shot from outside the
box was well saved.
made amends shortly after in the 74th minute when he made an
excellent pass from the half way line to Eren who had made a well timed run to
collect the pass, and then curl the ball around the goalkeeper to send the ball
just inside the right post for a great team goal.
now in full flow and should have made it three 10 minutes later after some nice
footie on the right by Geraldo, but ......... surprise surprise .............
his cut-back to the Ankaragucu players in the centre went straight to a Umraniye
With Ankaragucu seemingly
content to run the clock down, another substitute wasn’t content with that !!
In the 3rd minute of time added on, Aatif picked up the ball
just inside the Umraniye half, went surging forward, avoiding 2 tackles in the
process, and sent a shot from outside the box just inside the right post. What a way to finish a match !!!
attacks in the 2nd half were sporadic, especially when they were
reduced to 10 men, and they only managed one shot on target in the entire
match, which was easily dealt with by Akin.
However, no time
for Ankaragucu to relax or feel smug with four teams snapping at their
heels ! They must maintain the standard of
football which they set last night.
Having goal hungry forwards all fit and firing on all cylinders, the
defence staying solid, will hopefully see them doing this.
International Break scheduled for next weekend, Ankaragucu will be back in
action on Sunday 21 November when they travel to play Adanaspor.
Well done last
night Ankaragucu !!!
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim