By Angu Lesley
APEJES of Mfou had the better of Union Sportive of Douala in a match-day 12 fixture played this Tuesday at the Japoma Annex Stadium.
Coach Ndongo Emma’s side scored twice without reply in the first half through lead scorer Joseph Apam Vianey in the 22nd and 35th minutes earned the three points for the men from Mfou.
Union started the game better and could have taken the lead in the second minute when Herve Ngono Eloundou combined to good effect with Nelson Moukeu to get into the box but the final effort from the latter was only good enough for the side of the net.
Apejes grew into the game after that chance all be it without dominating possession without getting into dangerous positions.
The Union defense put together on the day by coach Oumarou Sokba was caught napping in the 22nd minute as three Apejes players had time and space but the first effort on target from Joel Massi came off the woodwork to Apam who calmly beat goalkeeper Jordan Etoundi.
Despite taking the lead APEJES remained on the front foot and in the 35th minute they found their way pass the Union last line again when keeper Jordan Etoundi parried the ball into the head of Apam who completed his brace.
Union came close on the verge of half time but a good defensive block from the Yerima Buhari put the ball away for a corner that was dealt with in the last action of the first segment.
Apejes took the two goals lead to the break.
Union returned for the second segment looking better and could have scored in the 11th minute when a good effort from Ivan Mvondo flew pass the face of the goal protected by Ulrich Hecube.
Union kept knocking but the APEJES back three of Junior Boris Ngassam, Simon Pierre Ottou and Martial Zemba were equal to everything thrown at them.
Union and Apejes trade misses in the 21st minute all down to poor finish.
Nathaniel Conteu came on in the 70th minute to join Feumi Yanou and Apam to push the Union back line to stay deep in their half.
Two minutes later Simon Pierre Ottou put an interesting cross into the Union box but Feumi Yanou’s header went wide.
A great cross into the APEJES box in the 76th minute met unmarked Herve Ngono Eloundou but poor finishing which had been Union’s undoing led them down again.
There wasn’t another goal in the final 14 minutes plus added time; thus Apejes secures a 2-0 win to crown their first round.
Apam Vianney finish the first round with eight goals thus making him the lead scorer for his club and the championship ahead of the start of the return leg next week.
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