By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
It was a David Mbende and Felix Kone Lottin show as both players combined with two assists (and a goal) and three goals respectively to hand Dragon all three points in their Matchday Four MTN Elite 1 encounter against Renaissance FC this Wednesday, March 30 at the Limbe Omnisports Stadium.
This victory takes Dragon back to the winning column after the side fumbled in their last encounter against YAFOOT, losing 2-1. Renaissance on its part was hoping to continue from their impressive 1-1 draw against Coton Sport in their last encounter with goal scorer Denis Boris keeping his place in the first eleven.
Both sides came out all guns blazing and looked to catch the other off-guard. It was Isso Kouadja of Renaissance who had the first shot on goal but goalkeeper Willy Noa was equalled to it. Jean Bosco will be next to test goalkeeper Noa but his weak effort could not trouble the goalkeeper who looked like a spectator in the opening minutes of the encounter.
After weathering the storm, Dragon FC launched a series of attacks on the defence line of Renaissance. With 11mins of the game gone, Franck Guy Massoda saw his shot punched away by goalkeeper parfait Joel after a mistake from the backline of Renaissance.
Dragon will finally break the deadlock just 18mins into the game with a beautiful combination play that saw Felix Kone scoring his first of the game. David Mbende burst through the Renaissance defence who were afraid to tackle him and laid a beautiful cross for Felix Kone to score from close range.
The Cha-Cha Boys looked composed in this encounter with the majority of the ball possession than they did against YAFOOT. Their defence manned by Guy Stephane and Yannick Noah in a back four fielded by coach Stephane Edjangue made it difficult for Renaissance to mount a strong attack against the side. Yannick Noah will also produce a goal-line header to keep his Dragon side still with the lead as Renaissance sort to puncture the defence.
David Mbende and Felix Kone Lottin will combine again at the 28mins for the Dragons’ second goal of the game. A mistake from Eric Mefoe at the Renaissance defence saw Mbende pick the ball and ran towards the goal. Like in the first goal, his intrusion could not be handled and he slotted in across a tap in gaol from Kone, the latter’s second goal of the game. This was also Mbende’s second assist in this encounter.
Despite going 2-0 down, Renaissance will continue searching for a lifeline in the game and an opportunity to go home with at least a point in the encounter. The lifeline will finally come at the 36th minute following intense pressure from Renaissance was too much for the Dragon side as the latter conceded a penalty at the 36mins. Engolo was judged by the referee to have brought down Jean Bosco Epilla Epilla. Eric Mefoe will step up at the 39mins to half the deficit for Renaissance.
The goal spurred the side from Ngoumou who intense pressure on the Dragon defence, something they had failed to do in the opening minutes of play before going two down. The high pressure also brought about some missed place passes from Dragon who until this moment had been cruising in the encounter. Both sides will end the half on the front foot but it was Dragon who went into the break with a slender 2-1 lead.
All that effort from Renaissance will be, however, blighted by two successive goals from Dragon in the second half with David Mbende scoring the third goal for Dragon at the 57mins. His winder strike could not be kept out by goalkeeper Parfait Joel. This goal just goes to crown off a brilliant performance from the player who finished off with two assists and a goal in the game.
The beautiful performance for Dragon will be crowned by Felix Kone who scored his hattrick at the 60mins. He and Mbende could easily have won the man-of-the-match by Felix Kone just knick it with his three goals in this encounter.
Renaissance will succeed to find the back of the net for the second time through substitute Christian Koa at the 81st minute but Dragon will go on to hold for a 4-2 victory. The victory for Dragon takes the side to 6 points after three games played in Group B. Renaissance meanwhile counts four points in four games played.
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