Greeting Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu was clinically and professionally dismantled by an exceptional Antalyaspor team last night and, I stress, the score line didn’t flatter Antalyaspor.
Antalya dominated the match from start to finish, especially in the 1st half, when they blew Ankaragucu away and it was surprising that they only went in 2 goals up at halftime. Ankaragucu by contrast was a pale shadow of the team that promised so much since the arrival of Coach Emre Belozoglu and couldn’t even manage one shot on goal in the 1st half far less involve the Antalya goalkeeper in the match !!
For example, the 1st half statistics speak volumes .........
Ankaragucu – 0 shots on goal
Antalya – 13 shots on goal with 6 on target
ANKARAGUCU 0 Antalyaspor 4
Team – Rafat, Bilazer, Radakovic, Mujakic, Hanousek, Tolga, Pedrinho, Efkan, Tasos, Rodrigues and Ali
Substitutes – Atakan, Morutan, Renaldo, Ali Kaan and Macheda
It was no surprise when Antalya went ahead as early as the 7th minute when Ankaragucu gave the ball away cheaply on the halfway line. The ball was swept forward to Larsson on the left and from just outside the box he sent his shot inside the right post.
7 minutes later it was almost 2 when a cross came in from the right and the glancing header from an attacker went narrowly past the post.
However, the 2nd goal did arrive on the half hour mark when Pedrinho gave the ball away cheaply inside the Antalya half of the field. The ball was played forward to Jehezkel who took off like a whippet, and in the process, outpaced two Ankaragucu defenders. Inside the box he stopped, swivelled, and sent the ball in between Rafat and the two defenders.
Antalya had two further chances to find the 3rd goal but in both instances Rafat made two excellent saves from goal bound shots.
Antalya started the 2nd half in a similar vein as the 1st half and almost found the 3rd goal after 10 minutes when Mujakic was outmuscled by an attacker, but his goal bound shot was fortunately saved by Rafat with his legs and knees !
20 minutes into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu had their first shots on goal when Morutan and Macheda had efforts which both went past the post !!
A few minutes later and the sword went in !!! It was a goal of simplicity. A cross came in from the left and Buksa met it with 3 defenders around him transfixed and ‘watching in admiration’ !!!
10 minutes to go and Ankaragucu finally put 2 shots on target ! Ali and Macheda both put weak shots in, but both straight at the goalkeeper which were easily saved.
5 minutes to go and Antalya put the final nail in !! A slack back pass by Mujakic was pounced on by Assomcalonga who had a clear run on goal and sent the ball inside the left post with Rafat left exposed.
Emre Bey is obviously going to have a major task on his hands this week to restore morale and prepare the team for another difficult match away to Gaziantep after the International Break. However, prior to that Ankaragucu will play Genclerbirligi in the annual Ankara Sportswriters Cup next Saturday. This match is normally played in August as the curtain raiser to the season, but due to the Eryaman Stadium being re-surfaced it had to be delayed this season.
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim