Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu made hard work of it today, but eventually they put the match to bed halfway through the 2nd half and progress into the 4th Round.
Malatya Arguvan of The 3rd Division didn’t disgrace themselves with their defence kept busy for the most part and their goalkeeper in inspirational form throughout, but he could not be faulted for both goals.
ANKARAGUCU 2 Malatya Arguvan 0
Team – Rafat, Cem, Mert Cetin. Atakan, Andrej, Ali Kaan, Alper, Morutan, Renaldo, Federico Macheda and Bajic
Substitutes – Pedrinho, Tasos, Efkan, Bilazer and Astanakulov
It was mostly all one way traffic in the match with only poor finishing and good goalkeeping responsible for the match remaining scoreless at half time.
Bajic, Macheda and Renaldo in particular all had golden opportunities to score, but Renaldo should have opened the scoring just before halftime when put through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but his curled shot hit the bar and was then cleared.
Into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu huffed and puffed to find the elusive break through until it finally arrived after the introduction of Tasos who probably had his best match for Ankaragucu.
In the 63rd minute, Renaldo was sent clear down the left and he passed the ball further down the wing to Tasos who, almost at the goal line, looked up, and sent an inch perfect cut-back to Morutan in the centre for him to fire into the roof of the net.
12 minutes later and the goal of the match. It was Tasos again the creator when he drove into the box on the left, played a one-two with Renaldo and passed into the centre for Macheda to stroke the ball in.
There was still time for Tasos to score the 3rd, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.
So, Ankaragucu go into the hat for the 4th Round draw. In the meantime, it’s back to league business on Sunday.
As always, watch this space for the details.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim