Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
I’ll start at the end again, because Nihad Mujakic’s post-match interview comments last night said it all, and both Harun and I agree with him.
He apologised to the large number of supporters who turned up for this mid-week fixture, but his main point was when he said that Ankaragucu had under-estimated Umraniye. He went on to say that in the future Ankaragucu would be better prepared for the opposition !!
It may only have been Umraniye’s 2nd win of the season, but it was well deserved. After the shock of conceding a goal in the first minute of the match, they never stopped chasing the ball and giving Ankaragucu players no time on the ball.
Ankaragucu was a pale shadow of the team which had played so well last week against Antalya.
Although Ankaragucu did have 60% possession and 22 shots on goal, they found ‘old boy’ Serkan in sparkling form between the sticks. Also, I lost count of the times that passes went astray and 50/50 balls were lost.
The bottom line ............. Ankaragucu is still a work in progress !!!
ANKARAGUCU 1 Umraniye 2
Team – Bahadir, Kevin, Radakovic, Mujakic, Yasin, Tolga, Emre, Zahid, Pedrinho, Jese and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Giorgio, Marlon, Taylan, Tasos and Oguz
The match took only 1 minute to explode into life when Ankaragucu opened the scoring with their first attack. An attack down the right wing and the ball was crossed to the near post to Zahid who shot around Serkan and inside the left post.
The expectation of an onslaught on the Umraniye goal never materialised and Umraniye was quick to reply.
The equaliser arrived 7 minutes later with a fast Umraniye attack down the right and crossed in for Avounou to latch onto the ball and power his way into the box. With Jese, Yasin and Radakovic asleep and ball watching the skill of Avounou, he had the easiest of opportunities to stroke the ball in with Bahadir exposed and helpless.
Serkan was busy at the other end making an instinctive save and Zahid’s shot from just inside the box was heading for the top right but was deflected by a defender for a corner.
Then on the half hour mark a lucky let-off for Ankaragucu when an Umraniye shot on goal hit the underside of the bar and bounced into the grateful arms of Bahadir.
It was end-to-end football at this stage with both goalkeepers busy. Approaching half time and Bahadir made a crucial save following an Umraniye corner.
Serkan made another great save from a goal bound shot and almost on the half time whistle Tolga had a great opportunity to restore Ankaragucu’s lead but his shot was just over the bar.
10 minutes into the 2nd half and Umraniye snatched the lead when the dangerous Avounou was on target again. A corner on the right by Geraldo landed at the feet of Avounou in the centre who sent a fierce shot inside the right post, which may have taken a slight deflection off Tolga’s head.
At this point Ankaragucu lost the plot and Umraniye started to take control of the match. Ankaragucu’s passing became wayward and at times they were like headless chickens with Umraniye taking full advantage. Ankaragucu continued to give the ball away cheaply and it was Umraniye looking the likelier team to score.
Tasos did have a chance near the final whistle but his shot was well past the post after an excellent lofted through ball to him.
A disappointing result after having high expectations, but as I said before, the best team won the match and Ankaragucu can have no complaints about losing.
Ankaragucu may still be in 11th position in the league, but they are only 2 points above the relegation zone !
They now have only one week to prepare for the trip to Istanbul to face an in-form Galatasaray on Wednesday night 4 January.
This will be a real test of Ankaragucu’s character and organisation to face a team who could very well be top of the league if they beat Sivas tomorrow.
Give us all a Happy New Year Ankaragucu........please !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim