Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
The TSYD Cup is normally held in August every year as a curtain-raiser to the new league season. However, this year, with the Eryaman Stadium being renovated, and work being behind schedule, a revised date was decided to play the match during the International Break.
Ankaragucu won The TSYD Cup last night with 2 well taken goals in the 1st half. The 2nd half was a non-event with both teams using lots of substitutes (I lost count of how many were used !!!) which altered the rhythm of the match. Also, the heavens opened up with a serious downpour which didn’t help matters !!
Anyway, this is the first silverware won by Ankaragucu in ‘many moons’ and we should celebrate this unlikely event !!!
With all due respect to Gencler, the suspect Ankaragucu defence wasn’t really tested last night, but no doubt it will be next Saturday when they return to league action in Gaziantep.
ANKARAGUCU 2 Genclerbirligi 0
Team – Bahadir, Radakovic, Atakan, Mert, Alper, Cenk, Ali Kaan. Efkan, Sirac, Bajic and Renaldo
Ankaragucu almost opened the scoring in the 2nd minute when Alper sent a long range bullet of a shot goal wards but Orkun made a great save which must have stung his hands !
However, it was no surprise when the opening goal came 13 minutes later. A free kick on the right was sent into the box which was headed in by Atakan who found space in the crowded box.
Ankaragucu looked comfortable with their lead and it was no surprise when they added a 2nd goal 8 minutes later. Good work by Sirac on the right when he sent a pass inside to Atakan who’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper straight to Efkan who made no mistake from close range.
Bahadir was only called into action once when he saved a goal bound shot on the half hour mark.
Almost on the half time whistle and Renaldo had a great opportunity to add the 3rd when he received a pass on the half way line. He set off like a whippet with Gencler defenders frantically trying to keep up, but once inside the box his shot went narrowly past the post.
No serious action worthy of mention in the 2nd half with Ankaragucu comfortable in possession and Gencler showing no threat up front.
The Man of the Match (nominated by the TSDY representative) was Atakan. With a goal, an assist and a clean sheet in defence, it was an obvious choice !
I should also mention the contribution of ‘new boy’ Sirac who gave the Gencler defence a few problems throughout the match. We are sure to see more of him on a regular basis !!
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim