Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
There can be no doubt that Galatasaray deserved to win the match last night, but in all fairness to the Ankaragucu players, they never gave up trying against the new League Champions.
The fact remains that the best team won and I’m sure that most of us who saw the match will accept that, albeit reluctantly !
However, more important matters are at hand, ie, Ankaragucu’s attempt to confirm escaping relegation and that is still a real possibility, although not a certainty !
Lots of variables are in play with two matches left to play this season, eg ......
Ankaragucu – 39 points
Antalya – 38 points
Istanbulspor – 35 points
Giresun - 34 points
Umraniye – 30 points
However, the bottom line is that Ankaragucu require one more point from their last 2 matches to breathe a sigh of relief. One further important point is that Ankaragucu has a superior goal difference compared to Giresun and Istanbulspor !!
Anyway, back to last night ...............
ANKARAGUCU 1 Galatasaray 4
Team – Gokhan, Andrej, Mujakic, Arda, Kevin, Diack, Taylan, Hasan Ali, Zahid, Milson and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Emre, Kitsiou, Matej, Beridze and Atakan
Those of you who know me are well aware that it doesn’t come easy for me to praise Istanbul teams, but Galatasaray started on the front foot last night and attacked Ankaragucu relentlessly from the off. Also they attacked Ankaragucu players in possession like wolves, their passing was crisp and accurate and they generally looked the fittest and most dangerous team going forward.
It was all Galatasaray in the opening minutes and they went ahead after only 6 minutes when the dangerous Icardi ghosted in ahead of a defender to head in.
Ankaragucu’s response was to continue to attempt attacks on the Galatasaray goal and Zahil almost equalised in the 14th minute, but his goal bound shot was well saved.
However, the equaliser did arrive one minute later after a passing move on the right. Taylan threaded a perfect pass on the right to the overlapping Milson who shot inside the near post.
A timely equaliser, but Galatasaray continued to attack and looked the likelier team to add to their score, and Gokhan saved 2 goal bound shots as half time approached. Then Galatasaray made the crucial breakthrough, and again it was Icardi who did the damage. A cross from the left to the near post and it was Icardi who reacted first to head inside the near post.
Ankaragucu almost grabbed another equaliser on the half time whistle when Zahid’s shot hit the bar and was cleared.
Into the 2nd half and Galatasaray ramped up the pressure as they searched for the 3rd goal to kill the match off and it almost arrived 10 minutes in after an abomination in the Ankaragucu defence. A poor back pass to Gokhan by a defender was latched onto by a Galatasaray attacker, but the angle of his goal attempt was too acute and the ball drifted harmlessly across the area with no takers.
2 minutes later and it Gokhan to the rescue again with a save from another goal bound shot.
However, the 3rd goal eventually came in the 72nd minute after a very fast breakaway out of the Galatasaray defence. Yilmaz sprinted ahead of the back-peddling Ankaragucu defenders, rounded Gokhan and shot into the empty net.
5 minutes later and Galatasaray put the match to bed when a corner on the right was sent to the far post and the unmarked Oliveira headed in for the 4th goal.
The Ankaragucu players heads didn’t go down as they searched for a 2nd goal to put some respectability on the score line, but it was not to be and Ankaragucu must re-group and prepare for their crucial last 2 matches.
First up is a trip to mid-table Kayseri on Saturday, and as I said earlier, they must take at least one point from this match to take the pressure off their final match at home to Adana Demirspor.
The motivation of securing another season in the Super League should be enough for the players to respond and also give us long suffering supporters a happy stress free summer break !!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim