Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu made their season long wait to return to the Super League last night at the Eryaman Stadium. After all, as one of the oldest football clubs in Turkey it is their God given right to be in the Super League ........isn’t it ??!!
Ankaragucu needed only one point to qualify for promotion, but they made things difficult with nerves showing throughout the match, which I suppose is understandable in such a tense situation, especially with a full stadium of supporters.
Nevertheless, we, the kankas, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Horseman Kanka Osman and yours truly, were full of optimism, even though we had a few heart-stopping moments during the match !!
As for going up to the Super League as Champions, that is still in the balance with Umraniye still able to claim that distinction. However, the bottom line is that with two more matches to play, Ankaragucu has been able to bounce straight back to the Super League and the point of who will go up as Champions will be decided in the next few weeks.
Samsun made things as difficult for Ankaragucu as possible and Ankaragucu had Man of the Match, Bahadir, to thank for an outstanding performance and saving the four shots that Samsun put on target during the match.
ANKARAGUCU 0 Samsunspor 0
Team – Bahadir, Erdem, Yusuf, Alperen, Yasin, Abdullah, Ishak, Geraldo, Aatif, Murat and Owusu
Substitutes – Ariyibi, Sahverdi, Eren, Ali Kaan and Cem
Ankaragucu started the more purposeful team with Geraldo in particular raiding with menace on both wings and being constantly fouled. Due to all ‘the attention’ he received from the Samsun defenders, he had to be substituted half way through the 1st half with an injury which it is to be hoped is not serious.
Owusu had a chance to open the scoring after 15 minutes but he screwed his shot wide.
Samsun started to show more danger as an attacking force half way through the 1st half and they almost scored from a fast break, but Alperen was on hand to nick the ball for a corner as the Samsun attacker was about to shoot in a dangerous position.
Bahadir came to the rescue shortly after when he pulled-off a great save from a long range goal bound shot.
To be perfectly honest, it was a relief when Ankaragucu was able to go in at half time all square at 0-0 !!
Ankaragucu continued to live dangerously in the 2nd half, and after only 5 minutes in, Bahadir was well positioned to save a shot in a goalmouth scramble which was fortunately weak.
5 minutes later Bahadir was in action again to save a goal bound header from a corner.
Ankaragucu’s only serious attack came in the 66th minute when Erdem sent in a great free kick on the left which was met by Yusuf, but his powerful header was just past the left post.
15 minutes to go and it was Ankaragucu’s defence holding back the Samsun attacks and Bahadir made yet another great save from Forfana’s goal bound effort.
It was becoming tense as the match entered the final minutes and Ankaragucu missed a golden opportunity to score in the dying minutes when a great ball was played into the box to Eren in space, but he was too slow to react to the chance and his shot was blocked.
Ankaragucu has a free weekend coming up and their next match is against Bolu on 15th May who are hovering near the relegation zone. So, another difficult match for Ankaragucu to attempt a vital 3 points in the chase to be League Champions.
Ankaragucu’s rivals, Umraniye, travel to Bursa next Sunday which is one of those MUST WIN matches for Bursa to continue in their efforts to avoid relegation. Umraniye then has two more difficult matches to negotiate against Denizli and Genclerbirligi when hopefully they will lose points in those three matches .
It is all geared up for a tense last few weeks of the season.
As always, watch this space for all the details.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim