the brevity of my report, but we were subjected to TRT flipping between matches
last night and so it was difficult to focus on the Ankaragucu match. Also, there was Spring Cleaning underway in The Bira Park
which was a distraction. So, if I have missed any important phases of the
match then please put the details in the comments section.
It has to be
said that it is always difficult to bounce straight back into the top league
after relegation, but Ankaragucu is a whisker away from achieving just that.
Only one point
is required from Ankaragucu’s last 3 matches to confirm promotion. However, which team will be promoted as
Champions is still up for grabs between Ankaragucu and Umraniye. Which team can hold their nerve and win
their final matches will be the key !!
Ankaragucu did the biz by winning 3 points in Balikesir, but I’m sure the Coach
(and us supporters !!) were hoping for more goals to boost the goal difference
and try to move clear of Umraniye.
However, I suppose we have to be content for the time being and hope
that more goals will come in the last 3 matches.
Balikesir 0 ANKARAGUCU 2
Team – Bahadir,
Erdem, Yusuf, Alperen, Yasin, Abdullah, Sahverdi, Aatif, Geraldo, Ariyibi and
Ali Kaan, Eren, Ishak, Cem and Murat
I have to say
that last night Balikesir didn’t play like a team propping up the league and
assured of relegation. They certainly
made Ankaragucu work for their 3 points
It was a
defensive blunder inside the box in the 13th minute which gave Ankaragucu
the first goal and settled the nerves.
The Balikesir goalkeeper came rushing out to the edge of the box to
collect the ball but misjudged his angles and Owusu was there first to guide
the ball into the empty goal.
re-start, Balikesir made a fast break and Bahadir had to save a goal bound shot
with his leg.
Again, near the
half hour mark, a Balikesir attacker sent in a shot which looked like a goal
all the way, but it went narrowly past the post.
We had to wait
until the 70th minute for Ankaragucu to put the match to bed and
calm our frayed nerves. A break on the
left by Yasin who cut-in to the goal line on the left and made what looked like
a cut-back, but the ball sneaked inside the left post between the post and the
goalkeeper’s legs. A goal is a goal,
and we take it gratefully !!!
be at home next Sunday 1st May when mid-table Samsun will be the
visitors. Also, on the same day and KO
time, Umraniye will be at home against Balikesir. We will be hoping that Balikesir puts up
similar stiff resistance to last night’s performance and can perhaps snatch a
goal or two !!!
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim