Wednesday, January 17, 2024



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu squeezed into the 6th Round of The Turkish Cup last night but had to rely on 2 late penalties to secure a victory which at no time in the match looked guaranteed.


Sure enough, a 3-1 win sounds convincing on paper, but Ankaragucu made heavy weather of it after a listless and disappointing 1st half.


ANKARAGUCU            3                       Rize                1


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


Substitutes – Atakan, Tolga, Radakovic and Tasos


The 1st half was a non-event with the main highlight being the pretty patterns Ankaragucu was weaving around in their own half of the pitch   !!


Hanousek was guilty of some slack back-passes, one of which he was thankful to Bahadir for making a crucial save.


Macheda had the only real chance when, just before the half time whistle, he shot tamely at the goalkeeper.


Also, I lost count of all the chances which Renaldo scorned with none of them on target.


Into the 2nd half and it was, as you were, with Renaldo and Efkan having reasonable chances, but both off target.


Then, when I was contemplating yet another 0-0, Ankaragucu pulled the trigger.


10 minutes in and Macheda broke free on the right, but instead of cutting the ball back to the unmarked Efkan in the centre of the box, he shot and the ball went out of play for a corner.


From the resulting corner, the ball was deflected to the unmarked Ali Kaan on the right who made no mistake by firing in to put Ankaragucu in pole position.


10 minutes to go and Renaldo had yet another chance to put the match beyond Rize, but he scuffed his weak effort which was easily saved.


But ......... with the full time whistle in sight, Rize conjured up the equaliser to silence the crowd.


Pala  received a pass in the centre about 25 yards out and let fly with a shot which Bahadir should have managed to tip over the bar, but he obviously misjudged the flight of the ball which hit the underside of the bar and in.


Into time added on and Morutan was adjudged to have been brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.


I’m not complaining .......BUT was never a penalty in my humble opinion   !!!


I believe that the referee was ‘compensating’ for failing to award a genuine penalty a few minutes earlier when Macheda was unceremoniously hauled to the ground and he just waved play on   !!


Referees are human after all ........... aren’t they   ???!!!


Club Captain Tolga took responsibility and calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to secure victory and take Ankaragucu a step further forward in the Cup Trail.


However, Ankaragucu wasn’t quite finished   !!


2 minutes later and another penalty   !!


Mujakic was up in attack inside the box on the left and was about to cross the ball into the centre when he was brought down.    No doubt about it this time ........ stonewall penalty   !


Up stepped Morutan to send a fierce shot into the right with the goalkeeper going the wrong way.


Alls well that ends well, and Ankaragucu move into the last 16.


Back to league business on Saturday when Ankaragucu travel to Adana.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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