Wednesday, February 28, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


A truly outstanding performance by Ankaragucu last night as they tore up the form book and sent The Turkish Cup holders tumbling out of The Turkish Cup Competition.   Ankaragucu now go into the hat for the semi-final draw which will probably be made later this week.


Should we be dreaming of a long overdue Cup Final at this stage   ?      Perhaps not, with Ankaragucu still in a precarious league position.     However, if Ankaragucu play like the did last night for the remainder of the season then they can be optimistic of retaining Super League status   !!


Ankaragucu came out of the traps like a greyhound from the off and never stopped taking the match to Fener throughout.    It was an amazing transformation from recent league performances and one which Coach Emre and the payers can be proud of.   Every player played their part and they are to be congratulated on their finest performance of the season.


ANKARAGUCU            3                        Fenerbahce               0


Team – Ertac, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mert, Mujakic, Tolga, Ali Kaan, Morutan, Riccardo, Tasos and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Atakan, Pedrinho, Macheda, Bassogog and Rodrigues


Fener had only one serious attempt on goal in the 8th minute of the 1st half and it took a great save by Ertac to save a shot heading for the top left.


Ankaragucu broke fast out of defence a minute later and were rewarded with the opening goal when Morutan sent a looping shot into the top left which took a slight deflection off a Fener player.


Play was end to end as Fener searched for the equaliser, but it was Ankaragucu who went further ahead on the half hour mark with a super individual goal by ‘on fire’ Tasos.    He collected the ball in his own half and drove forward in a diagonal direction from left to right, avoiding attempted tackles, and just outside the box sent his shot inside the left post.


An unbelievable result going in at half time 2-0 up, but I was ever mindful of what happened in Kayseri last weekend   !!


Fener searched for a way back as the 2nd half unfolded, but in all honesty Ertac wasn’t seriously tested as Ankaragucu continued to attack seeking to put the match to bed   !


15 minutes into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu almost found the 3rd goal.    A weak back pass in the Fener defence was pounced on by Morutan.    He rounded the goalkeeper, but defenders had recovered to clear his shot and the rebound was also saved from an Ali Sowe attempt.


However, the 3rd goal did come 10 minutes later when Mert headed powerfully in from a free kick, but after a VAR check it was ruled out for offside.


With only 4 minutes to go Ankaragucu found the 3rd goal again with some nice work from Macheda on the left, almost on the goal line, he sent a perfect cut-back into the centre for Rodrigues to stroke the ball in.       The flag was up again for offside, but this time the VAR check confirmed the goal   !


So, as I said earlier, a great team performance which augurs well for the future and that should begin on Saturday against Istanbulspor in what is most definitely a MUST WIN match   !!!


Well done Ankaragucu    !!!


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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