Greetigs Kankas and Kankies.
A golden opportunity was missed by Ankaaragucu to leap further ahead of their rivals last night when they lost 2 points, which hopefully will not come back to haunt them at the end of the season.
The disappointment was clearly etched on the faces of the players (and us kankas !!) at the final whistle, but to be honest, and taking everything into account, it was probably a fair result with both teams scorning chances to score.
It is not ‘doom and gloom’ time yet, but Ankaragucu must keep picking up points to stay ahead of the chasing pack and it certainly won’t be easy with 6 matches left to play in the run-in.
However, back to last night ............
ANKARAGUCU 0 Kasimpasa 0
Team – Gokhan, Kevin, Atakan, Mujakic, Kitsiou, Diack, Matej, Taylan, Tasos, Zahid and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Andrei, Emre, Oko and Pedrinho
Both teams were set-up to attack and credit must be given to both teams for their attacking intent throughout the match.
It took until the 20th minute for the first serious attack when Ali and Zahid both had shots saved one after the other after good work by Diack to set-up the chance.
15 minutes later and good work by Tasos to get himself into a shooting position at the edge of the box, but his shot was well saved.
Approaching half time and Kasimpasa had two good opportunities to open the scoring. Gokhan made a great save at the right post from a goal bound shot after a fast break on the right. Then, almost on the half time whistle, a Kasimpasa player missed an open goal by shooting wide from right to left.
The 2nd half began in the same vein as the first with both teams going all out for the elusive opening goal.
Ali had the best chance when he was set free in the centre. He was shepherded out to the right by defenders and his shot found the side netting ........... on the wrong side !
Then, into time added on and after good work by Oko, he sent in an inviting cross to the centre and two players had a ‘bite of the cherry’ but both efforts were poor and cleared.
I must mention the contribution of Mujakic last night who was my Man of the Match. I lost count of the times he made crucial tackles and interventions.
Ankaragucu will have to put in some serious work in the next month or so, and as I’ve said many times here, there will be no easy matches. For example, for their next league match, Anakaragucu will travel to Trabzon next Monday 8 May, Last season’s champions are not the force they were, stuck in the mid-table area at the moment, but they will still be another difficult hurdle for Ankaragucu to negotiate !
However, prior to that important fixture, there is a Cup Semi Final 1st Leg to be played in Istanbul against Basaksehir on Thursday 4 May. Of course, it is every players dream to play in a Cup Final, but Ankaragucu’s full focus must be on winning league points !!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim