Sunday, February 25, 2024

ANKARAGUCU – THE FAINT SOUND OF ALARM BELLS !!!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

A disappointing ending yesterday to a match in which Ankaragucu lost in the 2nd half.

 

I was foolish enough to dream of 3 valuable points going in at half time 2-0 ahead and then expecting Ankaragucu to thrust the sword in at the beginning of the 2nd half to silence the home support.

 

However, all credit to Kayseri for their blistering 2nd half performance to leave Ankaragucu with zero points and in real danger now of being involved in the relegation dog-fight towards the end of the season

 

Is that alarm bells I can hear   ???!!!

 

Kayserispor            3                         ANKARAGUCU            2

 

Team – Bahadir, Mujakic, Mert, Radakovic, Atakan, Pedrinho, Tolga, Tasos, Efkan, Bassogog and Ali Sowe

 

Substitutes – Morutan, Renaldo, Ali Kaan, Kazimcan and Bajic

 

I have to confess to almost nodding-off as half time approached with neither goalkeeper tested during a boring 1st half.     Then ............. on the stroke of half time, Bassogog made a fast break on the right, cut into the box and shot inside the left post.      But, the lineman’s flag was up for offside   !!!

 

A VAR check was made and the goal given   !!

 

4 minutes later into time added on and it was 2.      Excellent play by Tasos on the left to cut into the box leaving a defender in his wake.     The perfect cut-back was made for the unmarked Efkan in the centre who made no mistake.

 

An unbelievable ending to the 1st half.

 

Unfortunately, Ankaragucu rarely threatened in the 2nd half (2 attempts) as Kayseri came out with greater purpose and it only took them 7 minutes to pull a goal back.

 

Gokhan brushed aside 3 attempted tackles as he drove into the box and slipped the ball forward to Nazon who made no mistake.

 

10 minutes later and the equaliser arrived as Ankaragucu became pinned back in their own half.

 

A cross came in from the right and a fierce shot was made which Bahadir could only parry.   Unfortunately, the ball fell conveniently for the unmarked Julian who shot into the high centre of the goal.     A VAR check was made and the goal given.

 

It looked as though Ankaragucu had ‘rescued’ a point as the match headed into time added on, but then Kayseri pulled the trigger   !

 

A cross came in from the right into a crowded 6 yard box and Carlos was first to it to bullet a header inside the left post.     A real sickening blow for Ankaragucu, but their fragile defence was exposed yet again   !!!

 

Ankaragucu can dispel some of the anxiety next Saturday 2 March when they will be at home to bottom club Istanbulspor who have been cut adrift 17 points behind Ankaragucu.

 

It will be unthinkable if Ankaragucu don’t collect all 3 points, but Istanbulspor have nothing to lose and will no doubt make life as difficult as possible for Ankaragucu   !

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, February 19, 2024

GENCLERBIRLIGI STILL FIRING BLANKS !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Today’s match was played at The Aktepe Stadium in Kecioren due to the poor condition of the Eryaman Stadium.

 

Due to ‘domestic duties’ I was unable to watch the whole match, but managed to see the last 20 minutes.

 

Gencler is still stuck in mid-table below the play-off positions and will need to start picking up points soon otherwise they will lose their impetus to challenge for promotion as we enter a crucial stage of the season.   They have now gone 4 matches without scoring a goal   !!!

 

GENCLERBIRLIGI             0                  Bandirmaspor              1

 

Team – Ertugrul, Nzaba, Babacan, M. Cagiran, Oguzhan, Jimmy Durmaz, Amilton, R. B. Cagiran, Akabueze, Bostan and M. Yatabare

 

Substitutes – James Siliki, Kayode, Ozgur, Gaetan and Ortan

 

The only goal of the match was scored just before the half time whistle and was caused by Jimmy Durmaz dithering near the centre circle and losing possession.    Mimaroglu drove forward and unleashed at shot on the 18 yard line which took a cruel deflection off a defender and in it went   !

 

Gencler had 2 chances to score just before the full time whistle.     The first was a goal bound header well saved, and then Gaetan used his knee to send the ball past the post when a header might have achieved more success.

 

Gencler will be in action again on Sunday 25 February when they travel to mid-table Manisa, the current draw specialists in the league.     A close encounter is therefore on the cards.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

ANKARAGUCU – DEFICIENCIES EXPOSED !!!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

There was no doubting Ankaragucu’s efforts last night, but the gulf in class was obvious and Galatasaray’s fitness levels superior which meant that they won most of the 50-50 balls and dictated the pace of the match.

 

The match was effectively over at half time after the 1st half onslaught by Galatasaray   !

 

The pace of the match in the 2nd half gradually dropped as Galatasaray slowed the match down and were able to keep the lion’s share of possession in the latter stages to wind the clock down.   Unfortunately, Ankaragucu couldn’t take advantage with only one shot on target in the 2nd half which didn’t trouble Muslera !

 

Playing out from the back is normally a sensible tactic to build attacks, but Ankaragucu was continually caught out by the speed of the Galatasaray players closing them down and the ball having to be returned to Bahadir   !!!       The subsequent long ball clearances were swallowed up by the Galatasaray defenders for the most part.     Frustration all round for Ankaragucu’s attacking aspirations   !!

 

ANKARAGUCU              0                       Galatasaray                 3

 

Team – Bahadir, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mujakic, Kazimcan, Ali Kaan, Pedrinho, Efkan, Renaldo, Ali Sowe and Riccardo

 

Substitutes – Tolga, Mert, Tasos, Morutan and Bassogog

 

There was only one moment in the 1st half when the home support were on their feet celebrating and that was in the 10th minute when Ali Sowe scored what everyone thought was a great goal.     However, sadly it was correctly ruled out for offside   !

 

Thereafter it was all one way traffic towards Bahadir   !

 

2 minutes later, and from a corner on the left, the ball was sent to the back post for Demirbay to head in off the underside of the bar.

 

One minute later and it was 2.      Some fast inter-passing from outside the box and surging into the box, and from a cut-back on the right, Sanchez scored inside the left post.

 

On the half hour mark and it was Bahadir to the rescue with a great save as the ball was heading inside the right post.       From the resulting corner he made a point blank save from a header inside the 6 yard box.

 

Approaching half time and from an Ankaragucu mistake in the Galatasaray half of the field, the fast break was on as the Ankaragucu defence was caught out.     The shot was on, but before connecting, Kazimcan brought down the attacker and the referee pointed to the spot.     Icardi made it look easy with a ferocious shot down the centre.

 

It was mostly one way traffic again in the 2nd half although it was apparent that Galatasaray had gradually slowed the pace of the match down as the 2nd half unfolded.

 

Bahadir was the busiest player and he was mostly responsible for halting the addition of further goals.

 

In the 65th minute he made a great save from a shot on the right heading inside the left post.

 

One minute later Icardi scored but it was disallowed due to Kitsiou being fouled in the build-up.

 

10 minutes later, and from a long range Galatasaray shot, the ball hit the bar.   The rebound was then saved by Bahadir.

 

Almost on the final whistle and Zaha almost made it 4 when he beat 3 Ankaragucu defenders in the box, but his final goal bound shot was deflected by Mert for a corner.

 

Ankaragucu is now involved in a dog fight to avoid relegation.     With Istanbulspor looking already doomed, there are only 7 points separating the whole of the bottom half of the league, so it goes without saying, that every point from now until the end of the season is crucial.

 

Starting next Saturday in Kayseri when Ankaragucu have a ‘6 Pointer’ against a team on the same points score as Ankaragucu.      Dare I say ...........a MUST win match   ??!!

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

GENCLER FAIL THE ACID TEST !!




 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Gencler missed a golden opportunity last night to make a statement of intent in their bid for promotion.   Sitting in 9th position in the league they are still not out of the play-off picture, but they will need to make a move soon to pick-up points otherwise they will be dragged down into mid-table oblivion.

 

True enough, they were up against the league leaders, but Eyup were off the pace in the 2nd half and Gencler failed to take advantage of it.

 

There are more mountains looming for Gencler, and as I have said here many times over the years, there are no ‘easy’ matches in The Championship League.

 

Eyupspor              1                         GENCLERBIRLIGI               0

 

Team – Ertugrul, Yasin, Nzaba, Babacan, Oguzhan, Kemaloglu, Jimmy Durmaz, Wu, M. Yatabare, Kayode and Amilton

 

Substitutes – Bostan, R. B. Cagiran, Oltan and Elias Durmaz

 

Gencler made a bright start making the Eyup goalkeeper make 2 good saves in the first 10 minutes before fading as the 1st half wore on.

 

Eyup gradually upped the pace and were rewarded in the 20th minute with a well constructed goal.     From a throw-in on the right, the ball was then chipped over a defender for the Eyup attacker to collect.    Almost at the goal line, he looked up and sent in a perfect cut-back for Bruno to fire in.

 

From that point, Eyup always looked the likelier team to add another goal, but their final efforts on goal were not on target.

 

The pace of the match slowed considerably in the 2nd half by both teams, and going into the last 10 minutes Eyup seemed happy to keep possession to run the match down.

 

Gencler took advantage of this tactic and threatened to equalise twice, but the Eyup goalkeeper was in fine form to deny the equaliser.

 

Taking everything into account, it’s clear to see why Eyup are top of the league and 7 points clear of 2nd top Goztepe   !!

 

Next up for Gencler is a home match against Bandirma next Monday, who are also in the play-off area, so yet another chance for Gencler to move into a stronger league position.

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, February 11, 2024

ANKARAGUCU – WEAVING PATTERNS !!!




 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

Ankaragucu has become masters of weaving pretty patterns as an indirect method of attempting to score goals, and today was no exception as they registered ONE shot on target.   Even that one was easily saved  !!

 

Even a penalty claim near the end of the match doesn’t disguise their failings and I reluctantly conceded that Konya deserved all 3 points, even allowing for the fact that their goal arose from an Ankaragucu error in midfield.

 

Konyaspor              1                         ANKARAGUCU             0

 

Team -   Bahadir, Kazimcan, Mujakic, Radakovic, Kitsiou, Pedrinho, Tolga, Ali Kaan, Renaldo, Ali Sowe and Moroutan

 

Substitutes – Alexis, Saponara, Tasos, Mert and Bajic

 

Only 6 minutes of the match had elapsed when Ali Sowe had a great chance to put Ankaragucu ahead when he received an astute pass.      He drove into the box but his control of the ball was lost at a vital moment which allowed a defender to sweep up.

 

Moments later his long range goal bound shot was easily saved.

 

Konya came more into the match and in the 20th minute it took a saving tackle by Kazimcan to prevent a certain goal.

 

However, that goal came 17 minutes later from unforgivable dithering in midfield which gifted the ball to Konya.     An attacker went flying down the left wing almost to the goal line and made a perfect cut-back for Prip to send the ball inside the right post between Bahadir and 3 defenders.

 

Almost on the half time whistle and Pedrinho was put through on goal but his shot was past the post.

 

Sadly, there was nothing worth mentioning about the 2nd half    !!!         Well, except for the possible penalty for Ankaragucu well into time added on at the end.   

 

There appeared to be a Konya handball which the referee didn’t react to as he waved play on.   The VAR officials then spoke to him for a good few minutes before he restarted play and refused the penalty claim.    It is worth noting that he didn’t bother to view the incident himself on the VAR screen   !!!

 

While this was happening Coach Emre received a RED card for comments made to the referee or the 4th official   !!!

 

In the final analysis, Ankaragucu received what they probably deserved, ie, nothing   !!!

 

Ankaragucu remain stuck in 11th position and only 3 points above the relegation zone   !!!

 

It never rains but it pours ............next up is a home match against league leaders Galatasaray next Sunday 18 February   !!!

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, February 10, 2024

GENCLERBIRLIGI – MINI-SUMMARY – FEBRUARY 2024

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

In my absence from Turkey, Gencler has struggled to maintain momentum in their quest to move up the league.

 

On 4 February, they drew another blank with a 0-0 draw against Corum which still leaves them 6 points adrift of the Play-Off  Zone.   However, there is still time to rectify the situation, but they have a mountain to climb on Monday when they travel to league leaders Eyupspor.

 

Realistically the automatic promotion slots seem to be beyond them, but at least qualifying for the play-offs seems to be the target........ and attainable.

 

On 8 February, Gencler played host to Super League Trabzonspor in the Last 16 Round of The Turkish Cup and were unluckily eliminated.

 

With Gencler 1-0 up, and into the 90 plus 6 minute mark of the match, it looked like curtains for Trabzon when they grabbed an unlikely equaliser on the full time whistle.

 

Extra time beckoned and Trabzon found the winning goal in the 1st period to send Gencler crashing out of the Cup.    

 

To be honest, I was hoping for an Ankaragucu v Gencler quarter final, but Ankaragucu will learn their opponents on Monday when the draw is made.

 

In the meantime, and on the upside, Gencler can now focus their efforts on league business !!

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Friday, February 02, 2024

Ankaragucu 0-0 Sivasspor


 

Ankaragucu are in serious need of some quality attacking additions to the team before the transfer window shuts next week. That was 90 minutes of some of the worst football from both sides that you will watch and both goalkeepers having very little to do. 

Team - Bahadir, Kitsiou, Uros, Mujakic, Hanousek, Tolga, Pedrinho, Ali Kaan, Cephas, Morutan, Ali Sowe

Subs - Dogukan, Saponara, Bajic, Tasos, Atakan, Cem, Sirac, Macheda, Mett, Hyrullah

It took until injury time in the first half for either goalkeeper to make a save when Bahadir held onto a weak effort from the edge of the box.

Ankaragucu controlled most of the match but offered nothing in attack. Cephas and Hanousek on the left hand side kept passing the ball backwards and had no end product on the occasions they had an opportunity to create. 

Morutan frustrated for most of the game and i think he would be more effective in the number 10 position playing off the main striker. Ali Sowe also had an off match but we also need to consider the lack of service he has and spends most of the match chasing balls. 

For Sivas Appindangoye in defence had a very good game and Manaj up front was always looking to make things happen, but similar to Ankaragucu lacked quality throughout the team. 

Ricardo Saponara came on for Ankaragucu and had a nice debut showing his quality on the ball. He is another player though who looks physically short of fitness and lacks any pace. But i do think he will be a good addition to the team when he builds his fitness. 

The closest any team came to scoring was Sivasspor but again Bahadir made a big save to keep the scores level and another draw for Ankaragucu. 

Next up is the cup match against Erzincanspor on Tuesday at Eryaman and hopefully the crowd being in attendance will spur the team onto victory and into the next round! 

Thursday, February 01, 2024

Fenerbahce 2-1 Ankaragucu


 

Jim and Damon are on their travels in beautiful Scotland so just a quick update on the game from last weekend. 

Ankaragucu lost 2-1 at Fenerbahce after taking the lead, and had to thank Bahadir for keeping the score down with another excellent performance in the Ankaragucu goal. 

Tolga Cigerci gave Ankaragucu the lead after Cephas was brought down in the penalty box by Livakovic. 

The lead didnt last long though and 2 goals from Cengiz Under both in which Mujakic could have done better saw Fenerbahce take all 3 points as they fight it out with Galatasaray for the title. 

Ankaragucu now go into the last few days of the transfer window looking to strengthen the squad if they are to avoid relegation. Ricardo Sapponara has signed a 1.5 year deal from Hellas Verona. The 32 year old former Italian international was a quality player in his prime. Lets just hope this isnt another Jese or Cerci. 

Ertac Ozbir is also set to sign from Adana Demirspor. The 34 year old goalkeeper will replace Rafa Gikewicz who has left the club on a free transfer. A good signing for Ankaragucu as it frees up a foreign space and Ertac is a quality goalkeeper. 

Sunday, January 28, 2024

GENCLERBIRLIGI FEEL THE HEAT IN BODRUM !!

 



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

There were only 3 phases of the match today worth mentioning, ie ........

 

1.      There was an exciting opening in the first 10 minutes, then it was all downhill from there to the halftime whistle with high balls pumped up end-to-end and playing ‘let’s pass the ball back to the goalkeepers   !

 

2.      Similar to the 1st half at the beginning of the 2nd half.

 

3.        Until ...........into time added on at the end of the match when Bodrum pulled the trigger as the match was heading for a stalemate  !

 

Bodrumspor              1                     GENCLERBIRLIGI              0

 

Team – Orkun, Yasin, Oguzhan, Babacan, Nzaba, Muhammed, Aosman, Kemaloglu, Akabueze, M. Yatabare and Amilton

 

Substitutes – ‘Olde Gencler Boy’ Jimmy Durmaz, Yigit and R. B. Cagiran

 

4 minutes into the match and there was a let-off for Bodrum when their Goalkeeper’s attempted clearance rebounded to Yatabare, but his shot into an open goal hit the post and was cleared to safety.

 

4 minutes later Bodrum scored but VAR correctly ruled the goal out for offside.

 

3 minutes into the 2nd half and Amilton was put through after a defensive blunder, but just as he was about to shoot, a saving tackle came in from another defender and the danger cleared.

 

10 minutes later and Furkan scored for Bodrum, but again VAR intervened to show a foul in the build up to the goal.

 

So, as I said, with the match heading for a no score draw deep into time added on, Bodrum produced the sucker punch.     From a throw in on the left, the ball was passed to Osman who set off like a whippet leaving defenders in his wake.     He drove into the box and sent his shot around Orkun and inside the right post   !

 

This result leaves Gencler in mid-table but still within reach of the play-off zone.

 

I will be unable to report on matches for a few weeks due to being out of the Country.   However, I will give a summary of the following matches on my return  -

 

4 February – Gencler v Corum – League

 

8 February – Gencler v Trabzonspor – Turkish Cup

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

THE TURKISH CUP - LAST 16 ROUND

 





Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

The draw for the last 16 of The Turkish Cup has taken place and has been ‘kind’ to Ankaragucu.

 

Ankaragucu will be at home against 2nd League Erzincanspor on either 6, 7 or 8 February.

 

I’m sure that Emre Hoca will ensure that nothing is taken for granted against a team which knocked out Super League Adana Demirspor in the previous round   !!

 

Genclerbirligi on the other hand will face a more formidable tie at home against Trabzonspor   !!

 

Keep watching this space for the dates and outcome of both matches.

 

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


ANKARAGUCU DO THE NECESSARY !!!



 

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

 

No4 of 5 Stadium Bans tonight in an empty Eryaman Stadium   !!

 

Probably not Ankaragucu’s best performance of the season tonight, but they had the determination to grind-out a win to collect 3 vital points in their bid to push further away from the relegation area.

 

So, Ankaragucu move up to 9th in the league, but as I have said here before, they are still not in the ‘comfort zone’ with only 6 points separating them from 4th bottom Club Pendik   !!

 

I should also mention that Bahadir had another of his ‘in form’ matches with a series of excellent saves, with another factor being the wayward shooting by the Gumruk forwards.

 

ANKARAGUCU             2                   Fatih Karagumruk            0

 

Team – Bahadir, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mujakic, Hanousek, Efkan, Pedrinho, Morutan, Ali Kaan, Renaldo and Macheda

 

Substitutes – Tolga, Atakan, Bajic, Mert and Tasos

 

Gumruk was first to threaten in the 7th minute when they had a corner on the left.    It was met by an attacker in the 6 yard box who’s goal bound header was instinctively saved by Bahadir with the palm of his hand and the ball cleared.

 

A few minutes later, Pedrinho did well to attack on the right and cut the ball back into the danger area, but a defender managed to knee the ball out for a corner.

 

Then in the 24th minute Ankaragucu took the lead.     Renaldo made a telling pass from the left to just outside the box in the centre.    The ball was helped forward to Ali Kaan who’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper straight back to Ali Kaan who made no mistake with his 2nd ‘bite of the cherry’  !!

 

9 minutes later Renaldo was put through in the box but his scuffed shot was easily saved by the goalkeeper.

 

3 minutes later and it was Bahadir to the rescue when he made an acrobatic save from a goal bound header.

 

Approaching the half time whistle and Renaldo had a great chance when he received a great pass around the half way line.   He left a defender in his wake as he made for the box, but before he could pull the trigger, he lost control of the ball and the chance was gone.   

 

Into the 2nd half which was only 10 minutes old when Bahadir made yet another crucial save when he tipped a shot over the bar which looked like it was heading in just under the upright.

 

Then, halfway through the 2nd half Ankaragucu bagged their 2nd goal.    It arose out of a defender’s blunder on the right of centre and the loose ball was picked up by Macheda who drove forward and let fly with the ball heading inside the left post.

 

Approaching the final whistle and Bajic had 2 chances to put the icing on the cake, but firstly,his header was saved by the goalkeeper with his outstretched leg, and secondly, he blasted well over the bar from a good position in the box.

 

Next up for Ankaragucu will be ‘the acid test’ when they travel to take on Fenerbahce on Sunday evening 28th January.      It will no doubt be a searching test for the Ankaragucu defence, but with confidence high at the moment, there is every chance that Ankaragucu can spring a surprise   ?!!

 

As always, watch this space for the outcome.

 

All the best From Eski Kanka Jim