Istanbul empty-handed last night after being out-fought and outplayed by a
slick Besiktas team who seemed to win most of the 50/50 balls and kept the
Ankaragucu defence busy for most of the match.
The damage could
have been much worse had it not been for the heroics of Man of the Match,
Gokhan, who came to Ankaragucu’s rescue countless times with match winning
saves. Unfortunately, Ankaragucu didn’t
have the wherewithal in attack to take advantage !
The only plus I
can take from Ankaragucu’s perspective is that their 2nd half performance
improved after they were almost blown away in the 1st half. Ankaragucu failed to put one shot on target
in the 1st half !
Besiktas 2 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team – Gokhan,
Hasan Ali, Mujakic, Radakovic, Kevin, Pedrinho, Diack, Beridze, Zahid, Emre and
Tasos, Taylan, Milson and Oko
the match like a hurricane and almost blew Ankaragucu away as they laid siege to
Ankaragucu’s goal. Attack after attack
rained in on Gokhan and how he responded
Gokhan was in
action as early as the 7th minute when he saved well in the centre
from a fierce goal bound shot from just outside the box. One minute later and from a cross on the
left to inside the 6 yard box he made a point blank save from a goal bound shot
a flowing move up the left on the half hour mark, but the cut-back from the
goal line was deflected out for a corner before the ball entered the danger
The goal which
Besiktas had threatened to score finally arrived on the 37th minute
when a free kick was awarded outside the box on the left. The ball was sent into a crowded 6 yard
box where a Besiktas attacker tried a shot.
The ball was beaten out off the goal line by Gokhan and a defender,
but straight to Ucan who had the easiest
of tasks to tap in.
their tails up, and going into time added on, Gokhan made three great saves
from goal bound shots.
The half time
whistle most surely came as a relief to the Ankaragucu players !!!
7 minutes into
the 2nd half and Besiktas gifted a goal to Ankaragucu. A defender made a poor back pass to the
goalkeeper on the right which he was unable to reach, and Ali ghosting in on
the left stroked the ball in for the equaliser.
The euphoria was
short lived and our hope for salvaging a point dashed only 2 minutes later with
the goal of the match. From the centre
circle, Besiktas stroked the ball from right to left when it was picked up by
Aboubakar. He drove into the box
around 3 defenders, who failed to make a tackle, and from near the centre fired
inside the left post.
added a 3rd near the end when Mujakic made a great saving tackle as
the Besiktas attacker was about to pull the trigger !!
Ankaragucu is well and truly in the relegation mix and is in dire need of
picking up points ............. and soon
They have the
opportunity of doing that next Sunday when they host mid-table Alanya which, of
course, falls into the category of ............ a must win match !
As always, watch
this space for the outcome.
All the best
from Eski Kanka Jim