Monday, September 19, 2022

ANKARAGUCU – AT LAAASSST !!!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

After 6 matches in, Ankaragucu finally opened their account with a first win of the season   !!

 

The 3 points takes Ankaragucu off the bottom position, but they still remain in the relegation zone.    I suppose we must be grateful for small mercies   !!

 

It was a well deserved victory last night which should give the team much needed confidence for the season ahead.

 

Team – Gokhan, Oguz, Uros, Nihad, Marlon, Tolga, Taylan, Emre, Pedrinho, Giorgi and Ali Sowe

 

Substitutes – Ariyibi, Zahid, Jese, Kevin and Frederico

 

With a Stadium Ban for Ankaragucu supporters as punishment for the problems caused at the Besiktas match a few weeks ago, the kankas watched the match in The Bira Park Bar.    The Round Ball in Ankara Founding Father, Oz Kanka Chris, was present together with a host of kankas to celebrate his visit to Ankara on holiday.    Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Posh Kanka Ahmet, Kaleci Kanka Tansu.     Also, Gencler Kankas Spine Steve, Emin and his brother Ergul and Murat.

 

The match exploded into life in the 1st minute when Ankaragucu caught Sivas cold.    A cross from the right to the left of centre in the box to Giorgi who took the ball under control, drove into the centre of the box evading 2 attempted tackles, and sent his shot inside the right post.

 

What a start   !!!

 

Shortly after that Pedrinho took a free kick just outside the box on the left and his goal bound effort was tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper for  a corner.

 

20 minutes in, and at the other end, Gokhan made a great save from a corner on the left when he saved at the near post.

 

6 minutes later and another long range shot from Pedrinho was well saved.

 

Approaching half time and Ankaragucu scored the 2nd with Giorgi involved again.     Ankaragucu made a fast attack on the left and the ball was sent into the box which was met by Giorgi who’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper.     But, Ali was following up and stroked in off the post.

 

Into time added on in the 1st half and from a corner on the right Charisis of Sivas scored via a deflection off a defender which deceived Gokhan.      However, the referee was informed via VAR that there was an offside in the build up and the goal was rightly chalked off   !!!

 

The 2nd half was only 2 minutes old when it was the turn of Sivas to catch Ankaragucu cold   !!   They attacked through the centre and a pass was made to N’jie who shot and scored inside the right post.    In my opinion, there was a hint of offside, but the referee obviously didn’t receive a message on VAR.

 

It was end to end as Sivas searched for the equaliser, but Ankaragucu almost made it 3 in the 62nd minute when Ali was put through.    He passed to his right to Emre but his shot was blocked for a corner.

 

In the closing minutes, Ankaragucu lived dangerously as they ran the clock down and Sivas attacked relentlessly searching for the equaliser.    However, the defence stood up and it was a relief when the final whistle was blown   !!

 

This was a vital win for Ankaragucu to prevent the team from languishing at the bottom of the league.     However, there will be no time for complacency with even bigger obstacles in the way as we enter autumn.

 

There is an international break next weekend which will give Omer Bey more time to work with the new arrivals and prepare for the visit of undefeated Istanbul Basaksehir on Saturday 1st October.

 

I’m sure that Omer Bey will have the team fired-up for another crucial match  !

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, September 18, 2022

GENCLERBIRLIGI – HONOURS SHARED !

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Gencler is well aware by now that there is no room for complacency in The Championship League, with Denizli no exception.

 

Denizli dominated the 1st half for the most part and was unlucky to go in at half time only one goal ahead.

 

However, encouraged by their equaliser early in the 2nd half it was a different story when Gencler started to take control of the match and put Denizli under pressure.

 

Perhaps on reflection, it was a fair result in a fast and entertaining match   !

 

Denizlispor             2                   GENCLERBIRLIGI               2

 

Team – Adiyaman, Abdullah, Gokhan, Mert, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Serdarcan, Ahmet, Baris and Ilker

 

Substitutes – Byelyayev, Altiparmak and Seyit

 

The match was only 5 minutes old when Denizli took the lead.    A fast break on the right and the cross to the centre just inside the box and Omer first timed the ball inside the left post.

 

5 minutes later and a controversial decision by the referee.    Baris was adjudged to have been impeded by Mustafa inside the box, and after protests by the Gencler players, he consulted VAR and gave the penalty.    I have to say that I wouldn’t have given it because Mustafa’s eyes were on the ball when he and Baris collided.    Obviously the referee decided otherwise   !!!    Anyway, Ilker stepped up and sent the ball inside the right post with the goalkeeper diving in the opposite direction.

 

10 minutes later and Denizli was back in front and the goal proved that persistence pays off   !!       A corner on the left was sent into the box and cleared to the right where it was sent back  into the box and cleared again to the left.     Back it went into the box and the shot was saved by Adiyaman, but only parried to the unmarked Oguz who fired the ball in with Adiyaman unable to save a 2nd time   !

 

On the half hour mark it was almost 3 for Denizli but 2 shots in succession hit opposite posts and the ball was cleared.

 

The equaliser came 10 minutes into the 2nd half when Gencler was awarded a free kick in the centre just outside the box.    The attempt was barged down by the wall and the rebound stroked inside the right post by Gokhan.

 

Gencler took encouragement from this goal and pressed forward in search of the winner, but despite 2 great chances near the end which were expertly saved by the goalkeeper, they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

 

Gencler’s renowned fighting spirit is never in doubt and this will stand them in good stead for the difficult fixtures ahead.

 

However, Gencler is still in the bottom half of the league and still only 3 points above the relegation zone.

 

There is no league football next weekend, so Gencler’s next match is away to fellow strugglers Samsun on Saturday 8th of October.

 

Similar to the Denizli fixture, not an easy stadium in which to pick-up points.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, September 11, 2022

GENCLERBIRLIGI FLIRTING WITH THE RELEGATION ZONE ........AGAIN !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Five matches into the season and Gencler is making life difficult for themselves again having won only one, lost two and drawn two.

 

Of course, it is early days, but the signs are not encouraging for Gencler as they slide down the league and find themselves only 3 points above the relegation zone.

 

They didn’t help themselves in last night’s match against Tuzla by having to play for most of the 2nd half with 10 men, having lost Metehan for a needless foul 5 minutes into the 2nd half   !!

 

GENCLERBIRLIGI           1                     Tuzlaspor                2

 

Team (which hasn’t changed since the beginning of the season) .........

 

Adiyaman, Metehan, Gokhan, Mert K, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Aksel, Serdarcan, Ahmet and Ilker

 

Substitutes -  Altiparmak, Byelyayev and Sahindere

 

Nothing to report in a fairly even 1st half with neither goalkeeper seriously troubled.    Gencler looked the likelier team and the Tuzla defence looked a little laboured at times, especially dealing with the speed of Baris and Ahmet.

 

5 minutes into the 2nd half and Metehan received a straight RED card for barging into Adeniyi and bringing him down just outside the box as he was shaping up to shoot.    The resulting free kick hit the side netting on the wrong side   !

 

Tuzla piled on the pressure and Gencler was on the back foot.  However, Tuzla’s attacking play finally bore fruit in the 70th minute.  A fast attack on the left, the cross into the box which was met first time by Yahaya to send his shot inside the right post.

 

10 minutes to go until the final whistle and the pace of the match increased as Gencler woke-up and searched for the equaliser whilst Tuzla attempted to slow the match down and run the clock down   !

 

Into the 87th minute and Gencler won a free kick outside the box on the right.    Hrechyshkin sent over a cross to the back post which was met by Gokhan who powered in an unstoppable header for the equaliser.

 

Game over and a share of the spoils   ?        So I thought   !!!        However .........

 

90 plus 5 and a final attack by Tuzla down the right.      The cross came in and Adeniyi stole in between 2 defenders to head in for the winner with Adiyaman helpless.

 

Now ........ game over   !!!

 

Next up for Gencler is an away match in Denizli on Saturday 17 September.      Denizli have yet to win a match, so it is destined to be a tense encounter, and as we all know from past experience, Denizli is never an easy venue to visit and expect 3 points   !

 

 As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, September 10, 2022

ANKARAGUCU - STILL SEARCHING !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Ankaragucu is still searching for their first elusive win of the season despite scoring the goal of the match last night.

 

Five matches into the season and Ankaragucu is propping up the league with a miserable one point   !!      There is no doubting their endeavours, but it is quite obvious that the team is still a work in progress, and Omer Bey needs to find a way for the team to start winning to build confidence for even more difficult fixtures in the coming months.

 

Being involved in a relegation dog-fight in the 2nd half of the season is not on the Club’s agenda   !!

 

Alanyaspor               2                        ANKARAGUCU            1

 

Team – Bahadir, Yasin, Atakan, Oguz, Mujakic, Tolga, Pedrinho, Beridze, Taylan, Ariyibi and Ali Sowe

 

Substitutes – Emre K, Taso, Zahid and Diack

 

The match was goalless at half time with both teams scorning goal scoring chances.

 

Ariyibi should have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when he was put through in the centre of the box, but under pressure from a defender, he shot past the right post.

 

Then in time added on, another fast break by Ankaragucu with Ariyibi involved again.    He sent over an accurate cross on the right into the box only for Beridze to sky his shot well over the bar.

 

Prior to that, Bahadir made an excellent save to stop a goal bound shot heading into the top left.

 

Half way through the 2nd half and I was thinking that the match was heading for a stalemate despite the fact that both teams were attacking and searching for the break through.    Then, Ankaragucu’s old defensive frailties re-surfaced   !!

 

A fast attack on the left by Alanya and the cross which came into the box was headed clear to the right goal line which looked like the ball was going out of play.    However, an Alanya attacker thought otherwise and chased what looked like a lost cause and crossed the ball back into the box before it went out of play.   Hassan, surrounded by FIVE Ankaragucu defenders rose above those in close proximity and sent a powerful header inside the left post.

 

Ominous looks between the kankas – Harun, Damon, New Kanka Kemal and I   !!!

 

However, heads didn’t go down and 2 minutes later it was all square again when Tolga sent an inviting cross into the box where Yasin nicked the ball from an attempted tackle and flicked it with the outside of his left boot over the heads of the defenders and goalkeeper for a well executed goal.   !

 

Did this herald a search for the winning goal   ?      Yes, Ankaragucu attacked but couldn’t find it   !

 

With only 3 minutes to go to the final whistle Alanya found it and in so doing robbed Ankaragucu of the one point their play had deserved.       But, as we all know, what really counts is putting the round thingie between the sticks.   !!!

 

A cross was sent over from the left to the far post where Bekiroglu was lurking unmarked.    His shot, on the half volley, was sent inside the right post off the turf which in all probability deceived Bahadir.     That said, the general consensus of opinion among the kankas was that he should have saved it. 

 

Harun and Damon are adamant that he will be dropped for the match next weekend, but I hesitate to be critical of him.    Yes, of course, goalkeepers make mistakes like everyone else, but I think he deserves to have a solid defence in front of him.    Sadly, this is not the case at the moment and I’m sure Omer Bey is well aware of it   !!!

 

Next up for Ankaragucu is a home match against fellow strugglers Sivas who are also still searching for their first win of the season.     Ankaragucu has a Stadium Ban arising out of the problems during last week’s match against Besiktas.     So, it will be back to The Kanka Suite in The Bira Park Bar next Sunday 18 September KO 8pm.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, September 05, 2022

Ankargucu 2-3 Besiktas - Match report!


 

Before the start of last nights game i didnt have much expectations due to how Ankaragucu have started the season compared to Besiktas. Omer Erdogan took charge of his first match, and despite having less than a week to prepare, showed some encouraging signs despite the loss. 

Team - Bahadir, Oguz, Mujakic, Atakan, Marlon, Tolga, Zahid, Pedrinho, Ariyibi, Beridze, Macheda

Subs - Nurullah, Firatcan, Diack, Eren, Sinan, Yasin, Abdullah, Sahverdi, Tasos, Jese

Ankaragucu fans snapped up every ticket for the sold out 21,000 Eryaman stadium, and what a noise they made even hours before kick off. 

Straight from kick off you could see the difference in Ankaragucu play with the high press and work ethic all across the park. Besiktas started on the front foot, but the Ankaragucu players were giving them no time on the ball. 

Besiktas had the ball in the net after 11 minutes but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside and Bahadir got lucky in the Ankaragucu goal. 

New signing Tolga Cigerci was looking very impressive for Ankargucu in the middle of the park and put in a fabulous cross for Beridze who headed past Bilgin to make it 1-0 after 26 minutes. 

Besiktas took no time to get back on level terms and 3 minutes later equalised through Muleka. Oguz failed to stop another cross coming into the box, Bahadir saved the cross but palmed the ball straight to Muleka who put the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1. 

Six minutes later and Besiktas took the lead. Marlon and Beridze let Deli Alli sneak in at the back post from a Weghorst knock down and the English man put the ball past Bahadir to make it 1-2. 

The scoring remained that way at half time and although a goal behind, Ankaragucu were playing well and still in the match. 

Half Time - 1-2

Ankaragucu made 2 changes at half time with Diack replacing Zahid, and Firatcan replacing Oguz. Diack made a big difference with his physical presence and athleticism in the middle of the park. 

Only 2 minutes into the second half and Ankaragucu were back on level terms. Another outstanding ball into the box from Tolga for Beridze who took a brilliant first touch, and then finished beautifully to make it 2-2. 

At this point Ankaragucu were leading in possession stats and passes completed which is credit to Omer Erdogan as the team was playing some good football and building from the back. 

Besiktas took the lead again on the 73rd minute. The referee pointed to the spot for an Eren handball and Nkoudou stepped up to make it 3-2. This is when things started to get very heated. 

Ankaragucu had a couple of chances later on to tie the game through Atakan and Sinan but they both headed wide when should have done better. 

Marlon was then sent off for a second bookable offence, and things turned in the stands. Umut Meras and Oguzhan from Besiktas got involved in altercations with Ankaragucu fans and Omer Erdogan. An Ankaragucu fan then ran on the field and tried to kick Mete Kalkavan the referee but instead kicked a Besiktas player.  No doubt a stadium ban is coming our way. 

Next up is an away trip to Alanyaspor on Sunday in another tough game. Ankaragucu need to build on last nights performance and get all 3 points. 

Saturday, September 03, 2022

GENCLERBIRLIGI EKE-OUT A POINT IN AN INSTANTLY FORGETABLE MATCH !!!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Goztepe               0                      GENCLERBIRLIGI            0

 

Team – Adiyaman, Musa, Merti, Gokhan, Metehan, Hrechyshkin, Ahmet, Aksel, Serdarcan, Baris and Ilker

 

Substitutes – Ulusoy, Altiparmak and Byelyayev

 

Goztepe came out the traps looking for the early goal and pinned Gencler back into their own half for the first 10 minutes or so.

 

There was no threat to Adiyaman and so Gencler gradually worked their way back into the match, but they were also guilty of posing no serious threat.

 

The 1st half was mostly end to end with neither team looking likely to score.

 

I hesitate to say it, but it was boring  !!!

 

Into the 2nd half and Adiyaman made his first meaningful save from a shot just outside the box on the left which he pushed around the left post for a corner.

 

The first serious effort of the match occurred in the 64th minute when Baris worked his way into the box from the right and his shot hit the underside of the bar and was cleared.

 

6 minutes later it was Baris again who set-up a team mate for a shot on goal which was saved.

 

I think the Goztepe Coach was probably contemplating the ‘hair dryer speech’ in the dressing room at the end of the match with 5 minutes to go.     With Goztepe seeking to score a late winner they were awarded a corner after some pressure in the Gencler box.    The ball was sent over from the left, sailed well over the players in the box and went out for a throw-in near the right corner flag.      That just about sums up the match   !!!

 

Gencler looked the likelier team to score in the 2nd half, but to be honest, neither team deserved to win this one and on this performance both teams will struggle this season.

 

Next up for Gencler in a home match on Saturday 10 September against struggling Tuzla.    Win this and they could again challenge for a top 5 position.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Friday, September 02, 2022

Ankaragucu vs Besiktas match preview!


 


You have to go back to 2011 for the last time Ankaragucu beat Besiktas through a Serdar Ozkan goal in front of an empty 19 Mayis Stadium due to a stadium ban. 

Since then, Ankaragucu have spent the last 11 years in financial mess, involved in many turbulent moments off the field, and 5 of those seasons in the lower leagues. 

Sunday nights game sold out in just over a day as 22,000 Ankaragucu fans quickly snapped up the tickets showing again why they are one of the most loyal sets of fans in Turkey. 

After the first 4 games of the season Besiktas are flying and sit top of the table with 3 wins and a draw, while Ankaragucu are 2nd bottom with 2 defeats and a draw. They have played 1 less game due to having a bye 2 weeks ago. 

I have watched all of Besiktas games this season and they have been very impressive going forward. They have so much pace all over the pitch with Rosier and Masuaku to very attacking wing backs. Rosier arguably the best RB in the league. 

In midfield they have technical players in Deli Alli and Salih Ucan, while on the wings they have 2 of the fastest players in the league in both Nkoudou and Muleka who support new striker Wout Weighorst who is a giant and holds the ball up well, while very strong in the air. Nkoudou in particular is a very good player who has everything in his game if he can stay injury free and consistent. 

With the amount of speed and quick movement in the Besiktas team, New coach Omer Erdogan will need to counter that with playing his fittest team. 

We saw in the last couple of games, how unfit and slow this Ankaragucu team are and how it had been poorly prepared by former manager Mustafa Dalci and Emre Yildiz. 

Omer Erdogan is a quality coach and will be up against it from his very first game. In defence he has a big headache as only Sinan is tall enough to compete with Wout Weighorst in the air, but he is so slow and would easily be exposed and dragged out of position from Besiktas interchanging and mobile attack.

In midfield Pepe, Pedrinho, and Zahid arent the most athletic of players and we will need to wait and see if new signing Tolga Cigerci is fit enough to start. We may see a surprise start for Ali Kaan who is quick and energetic and if partnered by 2 of the more technical players may be a good option. 

Jese Rodriguez again showed he is no where near fit enough to start for Ankaragucu and was a big part of the teams problems last week. Tasos should come in to take his place in the team but that leaves Beridze as the only other option in that area and he hasnt shown anything of note in his first couple of games. Could their be another shock start for Gboly Ariyibi?

Earlier in the week it was reported that Mustafa Dalci and Ali Sowe had a fall out before the Fatih Karagumruk match, so that leaves only Macheda and Eren as options for the striker position. Macheda failed to impress last week but should get the nod. 

This is a huge match for both sides, Besiktas looking to keep their good early start going and show they are capable title contenders this season, while Ankaragucu need to get their season going and a draw or win would be a great way to start for new manager Omer Erdogan. 

Good luck Ankaragucu!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Ankaragucu sign Tolga Cigerci!


 

Omer Erdogan this afternoon announce his first signing as Ankaragucu manager with Tolga Cigerci signing a 2 year deal with the club. The experienced midfielder signs a 2 year deal from Basaksehir and Erdogan said that he insisted at his first meeting the club sign the 30 year old. 

Tolga is a player i have always liked since his days with Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. He is technically very good and has 3 caps for the Turkish national team. He could be a very important signing for the club and with his experience of Turkish football it will also benefit the club. 

We wish Tolga all the best at Ankaragucu! 

Monday, August 29, 2022

Ankaragücü appointment Omer Erdogan as new manager!


 

Ankaragücü this afternoon appointed Omer Erdogan as new manager on a 1+1 year contract. The club moved swiftly for their number 1 target after Mustafa Dalci handed his resignation in after Saturdays 4-1 defeat at Karagumruk.

Erdogan is a popular choice with the Ankaragücü fans who see him as a modern thinking coach who had his former side Hatayspor playing some of the most exciting football in Turkey. It is believed the club have agreed to allow Erdogan to sign some of his own players over the next week before the transfer deadline day.

I remember Erdogan from his time as a player at Bursaspor and when I met Ally McCoist he spoke very highly of him when Rangers were facing Bursa in Europe.

The appointment of Erdogan was met with positive reaction by the fans, but the decision to still have Emre Yildiz at the club and in the photos when he was paraded have been met with anger and backlash. The fans have made their feelings known that they won’t rest until he is gone!

GENCLERBIRLIGI’s GENEROSITY EXTENDED TO ‘NEW BOYS’ !!!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Gencler started the match as obvious favourites against newly promoted Pendik and deservedly went in ahead at half time.

 

Pendik was not for lying down, and although they played the ball around in the 1st half, they came unstuck in the final 3rd.

 

However, it was a different scenario in the 2nd half as Pendik grew in confidence  !

 

GENCLERBIRLIGI           1                    Pendikspor               2

 

Team – Adiyaman, Muhammed, Metehan, Mert, Musa, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Baris, Serdarcan, Ahmet and Ilker

 

Substitutes – Sahindere, Altiparmak and Kagan

 

The first real action of the match in the 10th minute saw Muhammed stretchered off with what looked like a broken bone in the leg.    Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looked.

 

Gencler was dictating the pace of the match and  10 minutes later they opened the scoring with a fast attack on the right.    A cut-back was made to the far post and the unmarked Ahmet stroked the ball inside the left post for a well constructed goal.

 

Gencler was well worth their half time lead, but Pendik refused to be ‘lambs to the slaughter’, and although they continued to attack, they were having difficulty penetrating in the final 3rd.

 

Pendik came out a different team in the 2nd half and almost snatched the equaliser 8 minutes in when a goal bound shot was turned round the post by Adiyaman for a corner.

 

From the resulting corner, the referee pointed to the spot when he noticed a Pendik player sent sprawling to the turf in a blatant push.     Adrien stepped up and sent in a fierce shot to the left which Adiyaman almost managed to save.

 

4 minutes later and Pendik snatched the lead with the goal of the match.    A break down the left and impressive persistence shown by the Pendik attacker to beat a tackle on the goal line and cross to the far post where Leandro was able to rise above the defenders and power a header in.

 

Gencler searched for the equaliser, but Pendik’s tails were up and they held out easily for a famous win.

 

What next for Gencler   ?       They will lick their wounds and prepare for a visit to Izmir on Friday to take on relegated Goztepe from last season.

 

Goztepe and Gencler are presently in mid-table, so another battle is anticipated with the winner moving into the top 4 positions.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Mustafa Dalci resigns as Ankaragücü manager!

 



Mustafa Dalci resigned from his position as head coach of Ankaragücü straight after the clubs dismal 4-1 defeat at Faith Karagumruk. The news comes as no surprise to Ankaragücü fans who predicted this exact scenario even before the season started.

Dalci resigned from his role as Ankaragücü head coach 2 seasons ago as the club lay bottom of the Super Lig. Incredibly Faruk Koca brought him back when the club were relegated to Lig 1 for a 2nd spell. Despite coming 2nd in Lig 1, the Ankaragücü support still couldn’t get behind Dalci due to his awful style of football and lack of giving any opportunities to our talented academy players.

He also had a fall out with last year’s captain Erdem Ozgenc who is one of the most professional players in Turkish football. Erdem and some of our young players made their feelings know on social media after hearing the news.

Ankaragücü met with Omer Erdogan today who has reportedly already turned the club down as Ankaragücü couldn’t promise him 6 new signings he wanted before the deadline and to get rid of numerous players who signed in the summer.

Dalci was never the big problem for Ankaragücü. Everyone knows he is the puppet of former agent and current Sporting Director Emre Yildiz. He has an interest on players coming into the club for his own gain, using his agent friends and brother who sell their players. A big conflict of interest. Faruk Koca has failed miserably since coming to the club on the football side. If he doesn’t sack Yildiz now then he will lose the majority of the Ankaragücü support!

ANKARAGUCU CAUGHT COLD !!



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Ankaragucu was 2 – 0 down after only 8 minutes last night in Istanbul and was blown away by a slick and tactically superior Fatih Karagumruk team.

 

Ankaragucu never fully recovered from the initial onslaught and spent the most part of the 1st half with their backs to the wall and implementing battle damage limitation   !!

 

Ankaragucu’s old failings from the last few seasons re-appeared when they tried to keep possession in their own half going from side to side and back to Bahadir.    When they did venture into Fatih’s half the attack generally fizzled out with hesitation in the final 3rd with players running out of ideas   !!      Having said that, their penetration improved in the 2nd half with the introduction of Ariyibi and Ali Kaan, but by then it was too late to stage an unlikely come-back.

 

Fatih Karagumruk          4                          ANKARAGUCU         1

 

Team – Bahadir, Marlon, Nihad, Sinan, Oguz, Rodrigues, Pedrinho,l Giorgi, Federico, Zahid and Jese

 

Substitutes – Abdullah, Anastasios, Ariyibi, Diack and Ali Kaan

 

The match was only 3 minutes old when a free kick was awarded to Fatih on the left.    The ball was crossed into a crowded box and lashed in by Duran.    There were protests by the Ankaragucu defenders which prompted the referee to consult VAR and then the goal was given.

 

5 minutes later and Fatih was 2-0 up when they were awarded another free kick in almost the identical spot.    The cross was swung over to the near post and was met by the impressive Borini who angled his header into the top right corner with Bahadir clawing air   !

 

Ankaragucu did have 2 chances to pull a goal back but firstly Frederico missed a sitter when a cross came in from the right and all he had to do was side-foot the ball in, but somehow he contrived to miss the ball and it was cleared.     Near the half time whistle Oguz sent in an inviting cross but the goalkeeper anticipated it and saved before it reached the Ankaragucu attackers.

 

Apart from those 2 half chances, Ankaragucu was overwhelmed in the 1st half.    Fatih was on the front foot and causing all sorts of problems for Ankaragucu’s suspect defence.

 

The 2nd half was only 2 minutes old when Ankaragucu was caught cold again   !     It was probably goal of the match with a sweeping attack down the left, the ball played into Jimmy Durmaz in the centre and an astute flicked pass by him to the right.    The classic cut-back and Borini was ideally positioned to stroke the ball in.

 

5 minutes later and we were dreaming that Ankaragucu could stage a fight-back when Baniya scored an own goal for Ankaragucu   !!     A cross came in from the right and Baniya was obviously trying to hoof the ball out for a corner but the ball ended up in the roof of the net.

 

The fight-back didn't materialise but 15 minutes from the end Ariyibi almost scored when he drove forward and into the box.    His shot was heading inside the right post but the goalkeeper made a great save and turned the ball around the post for a corner.

 

5 minutes later and it was ‘match over’ when a shot hit Sinan’s arm and the referee pointed to the spot.   Diagne sent his fierce shot to the left with Bahadir diving the other way.

 

Into time added on and it was almost 5 when there was panic situation in the Ankaragucu box but in the end the ball was cleared .

 

The Ankaragucu Coach, Mustafa Dalci, unsurprisingly resigned after the match which throws the responsibility onto the backroom staff to prepare the team for their next match at home to Besiktas next Sunday.     Besiktas is undefeated in the league so far and will no doubt be coming to Ankara with all guns blazing and hoping to heap more misery on Ankaragucu.

 

Today, Ankaragucu is propping-up the league alongside Kasimpasa and a long winter of discontent backons   !!!

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim