By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Cotonsport of Garoua have returned to winning ways this Sunday afternoon in a delayed match-day four fixture at the Bepanda Omnisport stadium.
A 75th minute goal from Marou Souaibou was all the Cotonites needed to win three points in the early kick off.
Both sides started on the front foot in the opening minutes of the game pushing for an early goal.
The first real chance of the game fell to New Stars when forward Franck William Matam found space in Cotonsport box but a quick recovery from Ngombe Etame stopped the run.
Cotonsport reacted almost immediately when Dairou won a set piece deep in the New Stars half. Arnaud Sibiri took the shot but goalkeeper Jean Oscar Kalati Gwot dealt with it comfortably.
Cotonsport then took control of the game, dominating possession for the next ten minutes with a 11th minute shot on target from Lambert Ngueme Araina being the highlight of that dominance.
Franck William Matam brought out the first save from goalkeeper Narcisse Nlend of Cotonsport in the 16th minutes after stealing the ball from Dairou.
Thierry Tchuente bossed the midfield as the Cotonites moved defense to attack and back with relatives ease.
Though Cotonsport looked in control of the game in the opening 22 minutes New Stars were dangerous whenever they counter especially Joseph Momaso in the left wing.
Franck William Matam and Junior Figo Ngongang brought out two great saves from goalkeeper Narcisse Nlend in the 24th minute before Marou Souaibou missed a guilt-edge chance a minute later.
Though the game goalless there were signs there will be a goal at some point in time.
The pace of the game and the high temperatures forced referee Afang Franklin to halt for the water break in the 30th minute.
Upon resumption Cotonsport kept possession more often than New Stars though the host looked dangerous in the break.
The stalemate situation forced coach Souleymanou Aboubakar into an early change, bringing on Francis Joel Tombi in place of Richard Ebongue.
The last real chance of the game fell to lethal finisher Lambert Ngueme Araina who had been quiet all afternoon but his great effort on target was parried by goalkeeper Jean Oscar Kalati of New Stars.
The referee blasted the whistle the half-time break with the score still goalless.
Francis Joel Tombi could have have scored within a minute of restart as he found space in the New Stars box and lobbed goalkeeper Kalati but sweeper Kevin Kotto Wangue cleared off the line. Araina followed up with a fine close range effort but Kalati pushed it away from danger for his second save of the afternoon that was turning into a day of goalkeeping show.
New Stars survived the scare and settled into the game breaking temporarily from very interesting counter situations.
Michel Yemog booked in the 61st minute for time wasting though he was down injured in what turned out to be his last action of the game. The defender left his place for former Cotonsport defender Alexis Yougouda Kada a minute later.
Cotonsport up their tempo creating a number of opportunities but the final ball was their undoing.
Coach Souleymanou made two substitutions in the 66th minute introducing Jean Rosis Oukoumou and teenage sensation Eric Moursou Jean in place of lead scorer Lambert Ngueme Araina and Djoubairou Felix.
Coach Maurice Mpondo equally reacted introducing former Cotonsport forward Aime Gerard Mangolo.
Five minutes later Bile Obama forced a save off Kalati from a set piece and the resulting corner taken by Arsene Bile and deviated into the net by Marou Souaibou for the opening goal of the game.
Aime Mangolo benefited from Etame Ngombe in the 88th minute to put in a great cross Didier Rostand Yimga’s effort on target was comfortably gathered by Narcisse Nlend of Cotonsport.
The game ended on a one-nil score till full-time thus handing Cotonsport a fourth victory in five games this season.
Cotonsport with 12 points move up to third with on the log ahead of another delayed game against Colombe Dja on Wednesday in Yaoundé-Cameroon.
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