Ankaragucu won their first point of the season but will be disappointed they didn't take all three points. Another excellent performance from the team, who passed the ball so well and played the game the way it should be. Ankaragucu are just missing a quality striker who can convert the many chances they create during the game.
Team : Akkan, Orhan, Mehmet, Aytac, Umit, Gokhan, Mert, Bilal, Hasan, Serkan, Timur
Subs: Cihan, Kaan, Sinan, Gurkan, Metin, Kutukcu, Teoman
Attendance - 4320
The crowd for tonights game was 4320 with Gecekondu almost full and Maraton half empty. A disappointing turn out for the young team who are giving everything for the team. It seems Anti X are staying away from the club while Cemal Aydin is still involved. The team started with Gokhan Akkan replacing the injured Bayram in goal, Aytac moved to defence to replace the suspended Volkan Geyik and Mehmet Tasci replaced kaan kanak at left back.
The game hadn't long started when another big referee decision went against Ankaragucu, Timur was played through on goal but was tripped by the last man. Everyone in the stadium thought foul and red card, but the referee waved play on. Replays show it was the wrong decision, Manisaspor should have been reduced to ten men.
The first real chance of the game came from Manisa, a well taken free kick from distance by Iwanski was well saved by Gokhan Akkan in the Ankaragucu goal. A couple of minutes later Ankaragucu should have taken the lead, a lovely cross by Timur was headed by the post from Serkan Sirin. A great chance and he should have done better.
Ankaragucu were starting to control the match after a good start by Manisaspor, but it was the visitors who had the next chance. Murat was put through on goal but he fired his shot wide when he should have done better.
Mert Erdogan then had a go from about 30 yards but Volkan Babacan saved easily in the Manisa goal. Kahe had a half chance for Manisaspor but the big striker put his shot wide of the post. Ankaragucu were passing the ball well and looked a lot sharper than the visitors. Orhan Evci went close to giving Ankaragucu the lead but for a good save from Babacan after a mistake in the Manisa defence.
Then came the Manisa goal, Murat laid the ball off for Iwanski who hit the ball first time, his shot came back off the cross bar and Bulent Cevehir was first to react as he put the ball in off Orhan into the back of the net. 1-0 Manisaspor.
Manisaspor seemed to grow in confidence after the goal and looked dangerous without creating much, but it was Ankaragucu who scored next. Hasan Ayarolgu crossed the ball into the box but the ball came off Benjamin Fuchs hand and the referee awarded the penalty. Maybe a bit harsh on the defender but after all the decisions that have went against Ankaragucu who is going to argue ? Up stepped captain Mert Erdogan to calmly slot the ball passed Volkan Babacan. 1-1.
The second half was all Ankaragucu, they controlled the game and tried to create where as Manisaspor looked to have run out of ideas. Serkan had a go from distance but his shot was deflected wide for a corner. Bilal Gulden was up next as his shot from distance was tipped round the post from Babacan.
Ankaragucu should have taken the lead when Serkan went past a couple of players before his inch perfect pass to Hasan Ayaroglu, the young striker put his shot straight at Babacan and should have done better. Serkan then had another effort well saved from the keeper.
Sinan came onto replace Timur who worked hard but just couldn't find his goal. Within minutes Sinan nearly scored after good work from Gokhan Erdogan but Babacan saved again in the Manisa goal. Kaan Kanak came onto replace the injured Gokhan Erdogan who had a very good game.
With seconds to go, Bilal Gulden had a 30 yard free kick tipped onto the bar by Volkan Babacan, so close but the referee blew for the final whistle, Ankaragucu 1-1 Manisaspor full time score. The Ankaragucu fans stayed behind to applaud the young team off the park.
Next up is Igdir Universitesi Spor in the Turkish Cup on Wednesday. The game will be played at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara. Then on Sunday the team travel to Sanliurfaspor in the league.