By Angu Lesley
It was a hard fought victory for Canon Sportif of Yaoundé at the Douala reunification stadium against panthère of the Nde as it took a special touch for Alfred Meyong to bring his team back to winning ways after falling to Colombe the previous match day.
The boys of coach Birwe looked the better team all through out the game but their opponents also made some strong statements of their own to carry the day.
Unfortunately it was canon who ended up on the winning side by a solitary goal that earned them 3 Points and send them second on the classification table behind astre providing them a lifeline to a playoff spot.
The first major attack came when Ngon A Tiati overpowered the panthère defense but his finish was wide off target 8 minutes in. that was later followed by a save from the panthère Keeper from a Stephen Nkoue free kick which needed saving.
Ngon A Tiati once more played a sumptuous ball in for Bertin Essama at the quater hour mark but the striker diving in with his head couldn’t connect with the ball.
the Kpakums continued their onslot in the first half forcing saves out of the panthère Keeper with Bertin Essama heading from close range into his hands following a Cross from Junior Stephane in the right flank.
with one minute to the end of the first half, Bertine Essama had a golden opportunity to send the canonites in front when a beautiful cutback from Ngon A Tiati found him unmarked in the box but his shot in the 6 yard area went way over the cross bar.
That’s how the first half ended with both sides retiring to the dressing room on a goalless scoreline with canon having the most opportunities at goal but nothing to show for.
Early on in the half, Ango Ndo forced a save from lako in the canon goal to keep his side from going down following a counter launched by the Panthers.
After a series of unsuccessful attempts by both sides to score it was Alfred meyong who finally broke the deadlock in the 70th minute of play with a right foot shot that went pass pharel in goal.
Émile Lako was superb in goal for Canon as he successfully kept out the attacks from panthere to keep his side in the game.
At a goal up, canon kept on pilling the pressure at the dying minutes of the game and not sitting back.
1nil the game ended in favor of canon who continue their upward march to the summit of the table.
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