Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
After 6 matches in, Ankaragucu finally opened their account with a first win of the season !!
The 3 points takes Ankaragucu off the bottom position, but they still remain in the relegation zone. I suppose we must be grateful for small mercies !!
It was a well deserved victory last night which should give the team much needed confidence for the season ahead.
Team – Gokhan, Oguz, Uros, Nihad, Marlon, Tolga, Taylan, Emre, Pedrinho, Giorgi and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Ariyibi, Zahid, Jese, Kevin and Frederico
With a Stadium Ban for Ankaragucu supporters as punishment for the problems caused at the Besiktas match a few weeks ago, the kankas watched the match in The Bira Park Bar. The Round Ball in Ankara Founding Father, Oz Kanka Chris, was present together with a host of kankas to celebrate his visit to Ankara on holiday. Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Posh Kanka Ahmet, Kaleci Kanka Tansu. Also, Gencler Kankas Spine Steve, Emin and his brother Ergul and Murat.
The match exploded into life in the 1st minute when Ankaragucu caught Sivas cold. A cross from the right to the left of centre in the box to Giorgi who took the ball under control, drove into the centre of the box evading 2 attempted tackles, and sent his shot inside the right post.
What a start !!!
Shortly after that Pedrinho took a free kick just outside the box on the left and his goal bound effort was tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper for a corner.
20 minutes in, and at the other end, Gokhan made a great save from a corner on the left when he saved at the near post.
6 minutes later and another long range shot from Pedrinho was well saved.
Approaching half time and Ankaragucu scored the 2nd with Giorgi involved again. Ankaragucu made a fast attack on the left and the ball was sent into the box which was met by Giorgi who’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper. But, Ali was following up and stroked in off the post.
Into time added on in the 1st half and from a corner on the right Charisis of Sivas scored via a deflection off a defender which deceived Gokhan. However, the referee was informed via VAR that there was an offside in the build up and the goal was rightly chalked off !!!
The 2nd half was only 2 minutes old when it was the turn of Sivas to catch Ankaragucu cold !! They attacked through the centre and a pass was made to N’jie who shot and scored inside the right post. In my opinion, there was a hint of offside, but the referee obviously didn’t receive a message on VAR.
It was end to end as Sivas searched for the equaliser, but Ankaragucu almost made it 3 in the 62nd minute when Ali was put through. He passed to his right to Emre but his shot was blocked for a corner.
In the closing minutes, Ankaragucu lived dangerously as they ran the clock down and Sivas attacked relentlessly searching for the equaliser. However, the defence stood up and it was a relief when the final whistle was blown !!
This was a vital win for Ankaragucu to prevent the team from languishing at the bottom of the league. However, there will be no time for complacency with even bigger obstacles in the way as we enter autumn.
There is an international break next weekend which will give Omer Bey more time to work with the new arrivals and prepare for the visit of undefeated Istanbul Basaksehir on Saturday 1st October.
I’m sure that Omer Bey will have the team fired-up for another crucial match !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim