pulled out all the stops last night against promotion rivals Erzurum to remain 3
points clear at the top of the league.
defence was in sparkling form, especially in the last 15 minutes of the match
when they were reduced to 10 men. They
resisted wave after wave of Erzurum attacks, but it has to be said that the
Erzurum accuracy was wayward for the most part.
Erzurumspor 0 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team – Akin,
Yasin, Yusuf, Sinan, Erdem, Ishak, Abdullah, Zahid, Geraldo, Murat and Owusu
Babacan, Pinto, Ariyibi, Ali Kaan and Cem
The first real
action and the only goal of the match arrived in the 21st minute and
it was a goal worthy of winning any match.
A corner was sent over from the right by Erdem to the far post where
Yusuf had ghosted in unmarked to power in a bullet of a header inside the left
5 minutes before
the break and Ankaragucu had Akin to thank for saving at point blank range and
then the rebound was deflected clear by a defender.
Owusu did score
just before the half time whistle, but his goal was correctly ruled offside.
half was mostly waves of attacks by Erzurum with the Ankaragucu defence holding
firm, but then 15 minutes from the end Yasin was shown a 2nd yellow
for holding an Erzurum player after he had avoided the tackle.
Ankaragucu defence held firm and tried to initiate counter attacks. 5 minutes to go and Ariyibi made a great run
down the left from near the half way line, cut inside the box and his shot
smacked the outside of the right post and out.
Into time added
on and that’s when the supporters frustrations behind Akin’s goal boiled over
and some ugly scenes resulted.
Akin saved a
shot near the left post on the goal line, and before he stood up he was hit by
a missile from the crowd behind the goal (probably a cigarette lighter ?!).
That was the cue for more missiles to be thrown, including bits of
I have to say
that it was not as serious as the similar incident at the Ankaragucu v Konya
match a few years ago in which Damon and I were caught up in and which caused
the match to be abandoned at half time and Ankaragucu receiving a hefty
punishment. However, there is absolutely
no excuse for throwing pieces of plastic chairs with sharp edges or any other type of missile at players.
All credit to
Emircan of Erzurum who tried to appeal to his supporters to stop, but at one
stage he was also hit with something !!
Erzurum will no
doubt receive a fine and stadium ban when the TFF meets to decide on what
action to take !!!
Back to footie,
and Ankaragucu will be in action again next Saturday 5 March when they will be
at home to Bandirma, another team in the top 5 who are looking to compete for
promotion. Hopefully Eren and Aatif
will be fit to be included for selection.
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim