Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Headline suggested by ....... Oracle Kanka Johnny S !!
Despite having two key players (Kevin and Diack) absent for various reasons, Ankaragucu pulled out all the stops last night to move into mid-table position in the league. They may be only 4 points above the relegation zone, but on their performances over the past month, it is unlikely that Ankaragucu will be sucked back into the danger zone.
Ankaragucu made heavy work of going in all square at half time against a Konya team who hit the woodwork in the 1st half and Ankaragucu had Gokhan to thank for making a tremendous save.
However, Ankaragucu moved up a gear in the 2nd half and started to show the intensity and passion that was so evident during the recent Besiktas match. Their reward was a superb goal crafted by a team high on confidence.
Konyaspor 0 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team – Gokhan, Atakan, Mujakic, Radakovic, Marlon, Tolga, Pedrinho, Zahid, Tasos, Emre and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Firatcan, Giorgi, Taylan, Yasin and Ariyibi
The first chance of the match fell to Ankaragucu in the 10th minute when Zahid latched onto a defensive mistake and drove into the box. Unfortunately, his snatched pass to Tasos who was unmarked in the centre was intercepted and the danger cleared.
5 minutes later and Gokhan pulled off the save of the match. (Ankaragucu old boy) Cekici sent a fierce goal bound shot from a free kick inside the left post which Gokhan somehow reached and turned the ball round the post for a corner.
3 minutes later after more pressure from Konya and a bullet of a shot from outside the box hit the outside of the post and was cleared.
The Ankaragucu defence held firm during the closing stages of the 1st half and us kankas were high on optimism for the 2nd half.
Our optimism wasn’t misplaced !!!
Only 5 minutes into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu made the break-through and what a classic goal it was too. Marlon made a break down the left and nearing the goal line looked up and crossed to the far post for Ali. A measured header was sent into the centre for Zahid to power in an unstoppable shot.
Konya almost snatched an equaliser half way through the 2nd half following a corner, but an attacker’s attempt to connect with the ball was miscued and the danger was cleared.
A few minutes later Ali was brought down just outside the box on the left, but Tolga’s free kick attempt was straight into the Wall and cleared.
Ankaragucu saw-out the remainder of the match, and at the end, the players quite rightly went to the large contingent of Ankaragucu supporters who had made the Monday night journey to Konya to applaud them for their vociferous support throughout the match.
So, onwards and upwards, and Ankaragucu will be at home on Saturday to Gaziantep who are lurking 3 points behind Ankaragucu in the league table. Confidence is high and I expect another 3 points for Ankaragucu to move further up the table.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim