out of the tunnel last night in their all red strip (bordering on PINK), which as
we know, is not popular with their large fan base. As I have probably mentioned before, that the
first time I saw Ankaragucu wear this strip was quite a few years ago in Buca
when I mistook Ankaragucu for Buca (they wear blue and yellow) for the first 5
minutes or so of the match !!
Anyway, back to
last night’s match and our Webmaster, Nady, nailed it with an apt quote
.......ie, GARBAGE !!! Nady is well known for not mincing his
old habits re-surfaced throughout most of the match, ie, ponderous going
forward and passing from left to right, especially in their own half, pumping
high balls into the box in hope rather than to a team mate, giving the ball away cheaply,
hoofing the ball out of defence in panic mode ......... to name just a few !!
can dispel hopes of qualifying for European Football next season based on this
performance. The priority would seem to
be avoiding relegation !!! Coach Emre has much work ahead with this
squad of players !
Istanbulspor 2 ANKARAGUCU 1
Bahadir, Hanousek, Cetin, Radakovic, Bilazer, Bekiroglu, Tolga,
Rodrigues, Morutan, Renaldo and Bajic
Ali Sowe, Dokanovic, Atakan, Pedrinho and Macheda
On the plus
side, Ankaragucu started the match on the front foot .........well at least for
the first 10 minutes, when they had Isanbulspor pegged-back in their own
half. Then, against the run of
play, Istanbulspor hit Ankaragucu with a sucker punch.
made a fast break out of defence down the left wing, an astute pass was made to
an attacker who took the ball to the goal line and made the classic cut-back to
the unmarked Traore who swept the ball in for a well constructed goal.
by their goal, Istanbulspor came more into the match and started to look
threatening, with especially Alassave causing havoc down the right wing with
his speed and telling passes into the danger area.
Then, in the 22nd
minute Ankaragucu was thrown a lifeline by the referee when he deemed that
Renaldo was brought down in the box as he was about to cross the ball into the
centre. I have to say that it was a ‘soft’
penalty in my opinion, and probably awarded due to the referee having turned
down a more obvious claim for a penalty earlier. Am I being cynical ??!!
took responsibility and sent the ball inside the left post with the ball just
out of reach of the goalkeeper’s outstretched hand.
All square and
still all to play for in the 2nd half.
started the 2nd half looking the likelier team to snatch the lead,
and it was no surprise when they eventually did.
In the 59th
minute I had just written the following in my notes ............the Ankaragucu
defence is living dangerously and giving the ball away needlessly at
Then, only one
minute later a complete shambles in the Ankaragucu defence gifted the winning
goal to Istanbulspor.
A shot was made
and hoofed away by a defender, but only to an Istanbulspor attacker just
outside the box. His shot on goal was
only parried by Bahadir but straight to Gultekin who reacted quickest to score
with the goal at his mercy !!
With 10 minutes
to go, it was almost 3 when Bahadir cleared the ball from his hand straight at
an Istanbulspor player but a saving tackle came in to spare his blushes !
continued to pump aimless balls into the box as they searched frantically for
another equaliser, but the Istanbulspor defence soaked them up with ease.
Back to the
drawing board and a chance to make amends next Sunday when Ankaragucu will be
at home against bottom of the league Samsun.
Only 3 points will suffice !!!
All the best from
Eski Kanka Jim