Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu was crowned League Champions last night when they defeated Keciorengucu and so both Ankaragucu and Umraniye finished the campaign on equal points. Therefore, the Head-to-Head rule was applied, and with Ankaragucu having defeated Umraniye and drawn the other match, Ankaragucu take the title !
All credit to both teams taking the League Title to the last match, and it was anything but plain sailing last night for Ankaragucu. Mid-table Kecioren, with no pressure on them, made life very difficult for Ankaragucu, especially in the final 20 minutes when Ankaragucu was wavering and hanging onto their lead.
In all honesty it was a huge relief when the final whistle was blown !!!
Keciorengucu 1 ANKARAGUCU 2
Team – Akin, Yasin, Sinan, Yusuf, Erdem, Abdullah, Sahverdi, Ali Kaan, Aatif, Murat and Eren
Substitutes – Ariyibi, Cem, Babacan, Ishak and Ulas
Similar to last week’s match against Bolu, the Kecioren players gave a Guard of Honour welcome to the Ankaragucu players as they entered the field of play. However, they made it quite clear that they meant to spoil Ankaragucu’s party with an attacking display for the entire match !!
It didn’t take long for Kecioren to apply the pressure when they were awarded a penalty in the 7th minute when Erdem and Yusuf between them brought an attacker down needlessly in the box. The referee quite rightly pointed to the spot and Eze stepped-up to power in an unstoppable shot inside the left post.
Head in hands and a few choice words from us Kankas, but we were all smiles again 2 minutes later when Eren headed in the equaliser from Erdem’s inch perfect cross.
There was only one more serious attempt on goal in the 1st half when Aatif’s powerful shot was well saved by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell kindly for Ali Kaan, but he snatched at his shot which was easily saved.
Eren was making a nuisance of himself to the Kecioren defence and he almost scored 10 minutes into the 2nd half, but his shot was deflected for a corner.
However, the winning goal eventually came with 20 minutes of the match remaining when Ali Kaan made amends for his 1st half miss with a well taken goal. Ariyibi started the move on the left and passed inside to Eren who in turn fed the ball to Ali Kaan on the right. He took aim and sent his shot through the goalkeeper’s legs to send us wild in celebration.
Akin came to the rescue near the end with a great save from a header which was heading inside the right post.
The final whistle and high fives all round. There was also relief that Umraniye’s win against Genclerbirligi didn’t affect the destination of the League Title !!
There will now be little or no respite for the Ankaragucu management and Coach, Mustafa Dalci, as they begin preparations to have Ankaragucu ready for the Super League.
The present group of players did well to win the League, but it doesn’t require a genius to see that the team needs strengthening in most positions.
Also, Mustafa Bey must find time to work with the Youth Development Squad and try to drip-feed them into the first team squad to replace some of the aging players of the present squad !!
We will attempt to give details of comings and goings during the summer months here, so please check from time-to-time to stay informed.
Well done Champions Ankaragucu !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim