Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Umraniye tasted 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 difference.
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 unit’ now.
ANKARAGUCU 3 Umraniye 0
Team – Akin, Erdem, Yusuf, Sinan, Pinto, Ali Kaan, Owusu, Zahid, Ishak, Ariyibi and Eren
Substitutes – Murat, Abdullah, Aatif, Ciftci and Geraldo
The Kankas 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 unlucky !
Approaching the 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.
However, Murat 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.
Ankaragucu was 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 defender !!
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 !!!
Umraniye’s 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.
With the 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