Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu wrapped up their season last night with a defeat against Adana Demirspor, and with nothing at stake, except perhaps pride, they sent out an experimental team with quite a few of the ‘regulars’ missing.
That said, Ankaragucu was not outclassed, but their downfall was their poor finishing. 16 shots on goal gives a fair reflection of the problem and I think it’s fair to say that Ali Sowe was sorely missed up front.
Ankaragucu finished the season in mid-table, but only 2 points above Giresun who was relegated alongside Umraniye.
So, the alarm bells are ringing and it is to be hoped that the management will have a solution (or even a plan !) in the pipeline to remedy the obvious weaknesses in certain areas of the team for next season.
Back to last night ..............
ANKARAGUCU 1 Adana Demirspor 2
Team – Dogukan, Firatcan, Kevin, Arda, Radakovic, Kitsiou, Hasan Ali, Andrej, Gokhan Tore, Beridze and Tasos
Substitutes – Matej, Milson, Unyay, Ibrahim and Mert
Demirspor showed why they finished 4th top of the league as early as the 5th minute with numerous close passing moves in the box before the final shot went whizzing past the post.
3 minutes later and it was Ankaragucu who should have taken the lead when Beridze was presented with a clear chance in the 6 yard box, but contrived to allow the goalkeeper to save from his weak shot.
However, it was Demirspor who seized the initiative on the half hour mark after some neat inter-passing on the right and when the cross came in it was Younes who was first to it to send in an angled shot from the right to inside the left post.
It was almost 2 just before the half time whistle when Arda headed a goal bound shot off the line with Dogukan beaten.
Into the 2nd half and Demirspor resumed on the front foot and almost increased their lead 10 minutes in, but Dogukan saved a goal bound shot.
However, one minute later and the crucial goal came when from a cross on the left, Emre out-jumped two Ankaragucu defenders to ‘put the sword in’ !
To their credit, Ankaragucu didn’t allow their heads to drop and almost pulled a goal back 5 minutes later when Tasos sent an excellent pass to Beridze who shot straight at the goalkeeper when it was easier to score.
Kitsiou almost found the goal with 15 minutes left to play but his goal bound shot was well saved.
5 minutes left and Ankaragucu scored the goal which their build-up play deserved and it was that man again, Milson, who put some respectability on the score line with an excellent crafted goal when he bore in on the right and let fly with a screamer of a shot inside the left post.
As an aside ..... I truly hope that management will retain Milson’s services for next season. He and Ali Sowe have formed a successful partnership up front which should be cemented !!!
Despite surging forward in the dying minutes of the match, Ankaragucu was unable to find the equaliser.
A fairly even match but the difference being that Demirspor took their chances and Ankaragucu scorned theirs !!
Nadeem and I will endeavour to keep you up to date with comings and goings during the summer shut down, so watch this space from time to time.
In the meantime, I hope all our readers have an enjoyable Summer holiday.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim