AS FAP of Yaounde have eliminated city rivals AS Etoa Meki to book a place in the 2019 Cup of Cameroon final.
A 5 minutes penalty won by Che Emmanuel was converted by the team’s top scorer this season Frederick Etoumbang to give FAP the lead.
Michel Assako will come close again in the 12th minute but fine Goalkeeping from Arsene Nkoa kept the ball out.
The save from the young keeper provided his side with the energy they had been lacking in the early exchanges and in the 16th minutes fine efforts from Etoa Meki Forward Paul Valery Minane beat the FAP keeper,Aristide Mbembe on the near post to make it 1 all.
A 22nd minutes head clash between Michel Assako of FAP and Derland Michel of Etoa Meki made the game to temporarily halt for 3 minutes as both players were treated before Abdoulaye Alinga took the set piece for FAP from the half way line.
The Defense-line of AS Etoa Meki were alert to the danger the set piece could cause and put the ball away at the expense of a corner that was wasted.
AS Etoa Meki created panic again in the minds of the FAP faithful minds when they put the in the back of the net but referee Bito Jeannot stopped the action to indicate the shot wad taken from an outside position.
Junior Vincent Tchamba was thrown in at the 30th minute as coach Atangana Ngandi could not depend on Michel Assako who got a head injury after the 22nd minute head injury.
In the 33rd minute Che Emmanuel will come close again with a good close range shot but fine defensive work from the Etoa Meki “defense family” blocked the shot.
Emmanuel Che will warm the gloves of Goalkeeper Arsene Aime Nkoa with a good long range shot a minute later but the Goalkeeper was equal to it.
Referee Bito then halted play in the 35th minute for the compulsory water break for both sides.
Upon resumption FAP looked more fresh after taking water and fine work from the left flank drop the ball to unmarked Christian Onguene but the forward couldn’t test Goalkeeper Arsene Aime Nkoa.
In the 44th minute Onguene will combine with Junior Tchamba to good effect but intelligent defending from Captain Marcel Eric co stopped the move towards the box.
Emmanuel Ngueah Che will benefit from a great pass from fellow forward Frederick Etoumbang and beat Goalkeeper Arsene Aime in the 45th minutes to make it 2-1 AS FAP.
In the second segment both sides came back fresh but AS FAP look sharper especially Christian Onguene and Che Emmanuel who were having a good afternoon for AS FAP.
Both forwards came close to scoring within the first 7 minutes of the half, but good defending prevented them to keep FAP’s lead at 2-1.
Onguene will come close again in the 63rd minutes but his attempt was blocked and from the follow up action,Etoa Meki break from the counter and won a set piece in the FAP half but unfortunately the set piece was wasted.
AS Etoa Meki had a 64th minute and 70th minutes penalty shout but referee Bito Jeannot insisted there was no foul
Both sides will keep it tight for 7 minutes with the ball circulating mostly in the Midfield until the 77th minute when Etoa Meki found space in the FAP box but forward Paul Valery couldn’t test the keeper.
3 minutes later Christian Onguene will pick a set piece from 32 meters out and put it into the box corner of the net to make it it 3-1 for AS FAP.
The third goal killed the drive in Etoa Meki and gave FAP exceptional energy as they became more dangerous and needed the brilliance of Goalkeeper Arsene Aime Nkoa to keep it at 3-1 denying Che Emmanuel and Martial Boris Mbarga from close.
Emmanuel Che will get his brace in the 93rd minute following a well worked action from Christian Onguene and Frederick Etoumbang as FAP and coach Atangana Ngandi.
At Full Time it was 4-1 for AS FAP and the League 2 side promoted in the start of the 2019 League 2 season will be playing in the cup of Cameroon final for the first time in their history.
The other semi final game pitting Stade Renard of Melong to Dragon of Yaounde ended 1 all on regular time and from post match penalties,Stade Renard won by 4 successful penalties to 3,taking the club to it’s first final in a major competition.
Stade Renard of Melong will face FAP of Yaounde in a date to be determined in a first ever meeting in a final for the clubs.
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