Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Having withstood the expected barrage of attacks from Fenerbahce in the opening half of the match, Ankaragucu settled into their normal rhythm in the 1st half and made a few sporadic attacks of their own without causing any serious problems to the Fener goalkeeper.
However, when Ankaragcu went ahead with the goal of the match with only 5 minutes left to play, we were all left ecstatic and hoping for an historic victory, but ........... we forgot that this is not always possible in Turkey when a dubious penalty was awarded to Fener a few minutes after Ankaragucu went ahead. I hope that the referee with hang his head in shame at his dishonesty, but I have my doubts !!!
Victory was stolen from Ankaragucu at this decision and we can only wonder why he gave the penalty ??!! The referee was surrounded by Ankaragucu players when the decision was made and they were obviously asking him to check VAR, but for some reason only known to himself, he refused !!
If he had bothered to check the VAR he would have seen that Matej and a Fener player (I think it was Valencia) were both following the flight of the ball, which didn’t reach them, and they collided with each other accidentally. As an ex-Class 1 referee, there is no way that was a penalty !!!!
The referee then decided to add 10 minutes of extra time which was another dreadful decision. There were no major hold-ups in the 2nd half and again, only he knows where the 10 minutes came from !!!
Of course, after Fener scored their penalty, Ankaragucu should have ‘shut up shop’, but they didn’t and therefore paid a heavy price. The very least that Ankaragucu deserved was a point for their never ending endeavour throughout the match, but there will no doubt be happy faces in the corridors of the TFF at the final outcome !!!
End of rant and now to some of the action .................
Fenerbahce 2 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team – Gokhan, Matej, Mujakic, Kevin, Kitsiou, Atakan, Diack, Emre, Zahid, Taylan and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Milson, Firatcan and Andrej
Ankaragucu received their first scare of the match as early as the 7th minute when a goal bound shot came in from the right which Gokhan saved for a corner. From the corner another goal bound shot came in which was cleared off the line by a defender.
Approaching half time and Fener hit the woodwork on two occasions with Fener laying siege to the Ankaragucu goal. Gokhan also made a great save from Arda in a one-on-one situation.
So, us kankas were fairly happy when Ankaragucu went in all square at half time with still all to play for in the 2nd half.
7 minutes into the 2nd half and Ali found himself in a good position in an Ankaragucu attack when he shot for goal but the tackle came in as he did so and the ball was deflected for a corner.
2 minutes later Diack almost scored with a shot inside the 6 yard box but the goalkeeper made a save for a corner.
Ankaragucu was more involved in the match in the 2nd half and their reward finally came 10 minutes before the end of the match when Ali put Ankaragucu ahead. A great break out of defence by Diack and his pass to Ali on the right was perfect for Ali to surge into the box and shoot. The goalkeeper saved the shot but could only parry the ball back to Ali who made no mistake with his second effort.
Then 3 minutes later came the incident which I mentioned at the beginning of this report. Valencia sent the penalty kick inside the right post with Gokhan diving the other way.
Fener scented blood and poured forward seeking the winner with Ankaragucu very much on the back foot. Into time added on and Gokhan made another great save from a goal bound free kick.
However, the damage was done in the 5th minute of time added on when Cresspo shot from the left side of the 6 yard box inside the right post with the Ankaragucu defence all at sea. After the penalty it was obvious that they needed to ‘shut up shop’ which they didn’t quite manage to do professionally !!!
This result keeps Ankaragucu in the Relegation Zone and still involved in attempting to stay ahead of Umraniye, Giresun and Istanbulspor.
Giresun will be at home today against Sivas, and of course we will be hoping that Sivas can do the biz !
Next up for Ankaragucu is the crucial ‘6 Pointer’ against Giresun at home on Thursday 20 April. Nothing less than 3 points will suffice for Ankaragucu !!!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim