Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu, although only claiming one point, gave the reigning champions as good as they got last night.
Ankaragucu didn’t set-up to defend, as some teams would against Trabzon, but made it quite clear from the kick-off that they wanted all 3 points !
Ankaragucu played some slick one-touch passing moves at times, but they came unstuck in the final 3rd for the most part, and unfortunately didn’t really test Ugurcan, the Trabzon goalkeeper. This will be one of the things that Omer Bey must work on in the next month.
However, having said that, they fought for every ball during the entire match which was well appreciated by the full house at the Eryaman Stadium.
ANKARAGUCU 1 Trabzonspor 1
Team – Bahadir, Malcuit, Uros, Nihad, Yasin, Taylan, Tolga, Pedrinho, Emre, Beridze and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Jese, Zahid, Tasos, Diack and Oguz
10 minutes in and Trabzon was the first to threaten when Abdulkadir received a pass on the right and from an acute angle his shot was saved by Bahadir at the near post
Taylan should have done better 5 minutes later when he was put through in the centre of the box, but instead of passing to an unmarked colleague on the right, he was dispossessed and the chance was lost.
5 minutes later and it was Bahadir to the rescue again when he punched a goal bound shot clear and from the rebound a Trabzon attacker blasted the ball well over the bar.
The 1st half fizzled out with Ankaragucu failing to put a shot on target, and for that the Trabzon defence must take some of the credit !
Trabzon started the 2nd half looking dangerous going forward and almost opened the scoring 10 minutes in, but Yasin made a great tackle and clearance as the Trabzon attacker was about to pull the trigger.
However, the goal did arrive half way through the 2nd half when a fast Trabzon attack caught Ankaragucu on the back foot. The cross came in from the right and Bardhi was first to the ball ahead of two Ankaragucu defenders and poked the ball in.
Did the heads go down ? No !!! Ankaragucu re-doubled their efforts and were rewarded 5 minutes later with a penalty when a Trabzon defender used an arm in defending a corner. Captain Tolga took responsibility and sent his fierce shot into the centre of the goal with Ugurcan having no chance of saving it.
It was mostly all Ankaragucu in the last 15 minutes when they attacked relentlessly but for the most part their attacks kept breaking down in the final 3rd, and the Trabzon defending denied Ankaragucu the winner they searched for.
Notwithstanding, Omer Bey in his post-match interview was pleased with the team’s performance, as rightly he should be. He also said that when he arrived to take over the team it wasn’t in a good shape, but he has steadily built the team with his own player selection and is hopeful of consolidating their position in The Super League. He was critical of the state of the pitch last night. However, I suppose it isn’t surprising given the number of League and Cup matches played on it recently by both Ankara teams. Finally, he said that he would use the World Cup break to bring Ankaragucu back stronger than at present.
We now have to suffer a 5 week break for the World Cup .........yawn ........ yawn !!! League business will resume on 24/25 December when Ankaragucu will travel to play mid-table Antalyaspor.
However, prior to that on the week commencing 20 December, Ankaragucu will be at home to Tuzlaspor in the 5th Round of The Turkish Cup.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim