Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu delivered a positive response to last week’s abomination in Samsun, and re-stated their league champions credentials in Bolu last night !
It was a pleasing performance against a useful Bolu team and in appalling weather conditions with continuous sleet/rain.
This win moves Ankaragucu back up into 2nd top position, albeit having played one match more than Umraniye and Erzurum, and the battle for supremacy at the top of the league continues !!
Boluspor 0 ANKARAGUCU 2
Team – Akin, Pinto, Sinan, Yusuf, Erdem, Zahid, Ali Kaan, Ishak, Murat, Owusu and Eren
Substitutes – Ariyibi, Sahverdi, Imdat, Aatif and Geraldo
Ankaragucu went straight into attack from the whistle and almost scored with their first attack when Ali Kaan’s goal bound shot from just outside the box was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper.
However, 4 minutes later and Ankaragucu was ahead. A free kick on the right was floated into the back post where Sinan met it with a glancing header for the crucial first goal.
4 minutes later and it was almost 2 when the goalkeeper pulled off yet another great save to deny Owusu’s goal bound shot.
15 minutes in and Murat almost added the 2nd after some neat inter-passing by Ankaragucu, but his shot was blocked by a defender.
Bolu almost grabbed the equaliser near the end of the 1st half when Kasongo’s header was saved by Akin, and just prior to the whistle, a shot went narrowly passed the post.
A fair reflection of the 1st half with us kankas in optimistic mood for the 2nd half.
The 2nd half was only 5 minutes old when Ankaragucu added the 2nd goal. A sweeping move down the right, the cross, which was dumied by Eren for Zahid to volley in for a great goal.
Man of the Match, Zahid is fast becoming the ‘Midfield General’, a position which has been vacant for some considerable time. He also chips-in with goals on a regular basis ! He and Erdem are the keys to continuing this winning sequence and hopefully end the season at the top of the league !!!
Approaching the end of the match and Bolu was awarded a penalty when 4 defenders surrounded a Bolu attacker in the box when there was no apparent danger. The referee decided that one of the defenders brought the attacker down which was questionable ! Anyway, the penalty was a ‘Ciftci special’, ie, side footed with no direction or pace straight at Akin who probably had the easiest save of his career !!
So, hopefully Coach Mustafa Dalci’s position is safe and Ankaragucu can continue to go on a consistent winning run to avoid disruptions to the Coaching staff and the team !!!
Ankaragucu will be in action again next Sunday 26th December for the 2nd Ankara Derby against Keciorengucu. We now await for the pressure to tell on Umraniye and Erzurum as they hopefully begin to drop points !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim