Sunday, February 11, 2024



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 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

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