Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Week 3 of the new season and Ankaragucu is still in the process of settling their new recruits into the team and still searching for their first win of the season.
However, in reality it was a match which Ankaragucu could realistically have been expected to win last night !!
Having said that, it is not all doom and gloom at this stage in the season, but in retrospect they could consider themselves fortunate to win one point against a well organised Karagumruk team who played with an attacking strategy throughout.
I think the best is still to come from Ankaragucu and that will certainly be put to the test next Sunday against Fenerbahce at The Eryaman Stadium, which will reportedly be ready after the work has been completed on the playing surface.
Back to last night ............ and .........
Fatih Karagumruk 1 ANKARAGUCU 1
Team – Rafal, Mujakic, Yildirim Mert, Ratakovic, Hayrullah, Efkan, Tolga, Andrej, Renaldo, Ali and Olimpiu
Substitutes – Kitsiou, Alper, Can, Rodrigues and Riad Bajic
It was Karagumruk who had the first opportunity to open the scoring in the 23rd minute when Mendes missed a sitter ! A long ball was played from left to right and then crossed back into the box to Mendes who sent his angled shot across the goal and out when it was easier to score.
Ankaragucu had their only chance of the 1st half on the half hour mark when a cross came in from the left to Ali in the centre who was sandwiched between two defenders and failed to connect with the ball. Perhaps if he had taken the ball first time on his left foot it might have gone in, but the chance was lost.
Then just before the half time whistle Karagumruk struck with a goal of pure class. The ball was played into Rohden who was lurking just outside the box on the right and he sent a rocket of a shot inside the right post with Rafal understandably static.
Ankaragucu showed more intent in the 2nd half as they searched for the equaliser and it duly arrived 15 minutes in. It will not win Goal of the Season, but it was well set-up by Ali with an astute headed pass to Efkan who slipped past a defender and knocked the ball in with the goalkeeper obviously assuming that the defender would clear the ball.
Ankaragucu continued to search for the winning goal but were thwarted by the Karagumruk goalkeeper.
Half way through the 2nd half a slow build-up move by Ankaragucu resulted in Ali’s final goal bound shot being well saved. Then with 10 minutes to go, Rodrigues sent a great pass to Efkan who’s goal bound shot was well saved again.
Almost on the full time whistle and Ankaragucu almost shot themselves in the foot with their annoying habit of succumbing to the fast break by opposing teams. On this occasion they were lucky to see the Karagumruk attacker’s final shot being scuffed past the post.
In the last action of the match, Rodrigues almost scored with a piece of individual skill when his final goal bound shot was well saved.
Time to focus on their next match which will give a clearer picture of which direction Ankaragucu’s season will take. Fenerbahce will be the visitors next Sunday night in what will be a golden opportunity for Ankaragucu to silence the doubters !!!
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim