Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Last night the referee did an excellent job of thwarting any chance Ankaragucu had of taking something from the match, and his bias towards Trabzon was so obvious with his decision making throughout the match all seemingly against Ankaragucu !
Also, after Ankaragucu eliminated Trabzon from The Turkish Cup last month it was sweet revenge for Trabzon who took full advantage of playing most of the match against the 10 Ankaragucu men !
Trabzonspor 2 ANKARAGUCU 0
Team – Gokhan, Mujakic, Atakan, Arda, Matej, Zahid, Andrej, Kitsiou, Emre, Taylan and Ali Sowe
Substitutes – Tasos, Pedrinho, Diack, Berizde and Firatcan
The match erupted into controversy in the 9th minute when Kitsiou tackled a Trabzon player near the half way touch line and in the process of following through at speed, stood on the players’s foot. The referee immediately produced the RED card much to the consternation of Kitsiou, the Ankaragucu players and the Coaching staff. The referee then produced a 2nd RED card which was directed at Coach, Tolunay Kafkas, after something was obviously said in the heat of the moment !! As Damon mentioned at the time, Kitsiou’s challenge on the player may have been in retribution for a previous tackle made on Kitsiou ?! Notwithstanding, the referee was obviously swayed in his decision which, as far as I was concerned, was obviously a yellow card offence !!!
It was defensive strategy from this point and Ankaragucu looked to be going in at half time all square at 0-0, but disaster struck just before the half time whistle.
A cross came in from the left and was punched clear by Gokhan to the right where a Trabzon player played the ball back into the centre to the unmarked Umut who slotted in for a goal which they hardly deserved, with that being their first shot on target.
All credit to the Ankaragucu players for continuing to search for the equaliser in the 2nd half, but they were finally undone in the 60th minute when they conceded a goal similar to the one they conceded last week against Basaksehir.
There were 2 corners in succession for Ankaragucu and once again the defence didn’t protect the fast break out of defence. The Ankaragucu defence was left trailing as the ball was moved at speed down the right and crossed for the unmarked Umut to score easily with Gokhan unprotected !!
Trabzon almost made it 3 near the end but a double save from 2 goal bound shots were well saved by Gokhan.
With 5 matches left to play, the favourites to take the drop are still Umraniye and Giresun, but Ankaragucu is still not in a safe position, and along with Kasimpasa, Istanbulspor, Antalya, Sivas and Alanya, and they could all still feature for relegation in the run-in.
So, a big ‘Six Pointer’ coming up next on Wednesday 17 May when Ankaragucu host Antalya who sit only one point above Ankaragucu.
Squeaky bum time approaches !!!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim