yesterday was played at a fast and furious pace throughout and Ankaragucu had
to work hard for all 3 points.
lots of chances, and Ali Sowe in particular needs extra training in a few
departments, especially shooting accuracy
victory will have done wonders for the players confidence with the upcoming
visit of Fenerbahce. The players need
fear no team, and must take the bull by the horns and attack Fener !
After all, Fener is not invincible, and I am surer Omer Bey will have
the players fired-up for this match.
It also moved
Ankaragucu out of the relegation zone and if the team can maintain this
momentum, mid-table security is well within their grasp.
Istanbulspor 1 ANKARAGUCU 2
Team – Gokhan,
Yasin, Nihad, Uros, Oguz, Tolga, Giorgi, Pedrinho, Taylan, Emre and Ali Sowe
Jese, Zahed, Pedro, Anastasios and Bahadir (who replaced the injured Gokhan
near the end of the match ).
yesterday’s match and Ankaragucu was fast out the traps and took the lead in the
15th minute when Taylan surged through the Istanbulspor defence and
flicked a pass to Emre on the right who guided the ball inside the left post.
playing some nice football and spraying the ball around to find openings and
they should have increased their lead near the half time whistle when Ali Sowe
had a great opportunity in the centre of the box with only the goalkeeper to
beat, but his weak shot was easily saved.
Ankaragucu went back
into attack mode on the resumption and again Ali Sowe had an opportunity in the
centre of the box when the ball was played to him, but he fumbled the ball and
the goalkeeper was able to gather.
3 minutes later
and Ali Sowe yet again passed up another chance !
He was put through in his own half and ran all the way inside the Istanbulspor
box and then, with only the goalkeeper to beat, he blasted the ball high and
4 minutes later
and Istanbul snatched the equaliser from a cock-up in the box when Gokhan and
Oguz went to defend the same ball and collided with each other. Ethemi was lurking in the same area and he
nodded the ball into an empty net for an easy goal.
In the meantime,
Giorgi had a couple of efforts on goal which sailed past the post.
15 minutes to go
and Pedro almost gifted Istanbulspor a goal with sloppy defending and dithering
with the ball. The ball was gratefully
accepted by an Istanbulspor attacker, but fortunately his shot went flying past
1 minute into
time added on and Ankaragucu managed to find the winning goal which their play
had deserved. Tolga was fouled near
the half way line and a quick free kick was taken. The ball
was played out to the left and crossed into the box near the goal line and
eluded the defenders but fell nicely to Ali Sowe on the goal line who bundled
the ball in. He couldn’t miss from this
Almost on the
final whistle and Bahadir made an outstanding save to deny an attacker’s shot
inside the 6 yard box.
never-say-die performance from Ankaragucu.
However, and notwithstanding Ali’s goal, he is becoming the ‘new Geraldo’
with the number of scorned chances he misses, the number of times he is beaten
in the air and his distribution questionable.
Omer Bey needs to look urgently for a predatory striker who can score
goals on a regular basis !!
As I said
earlier, next up for Ankaragucu is a home match against Fenerbahce on Monday
night 17th October.
As always, watch
this space for the outcome.
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim