Isle of Hope sports Academy of Limbe have grabbed a second consecutive Elite two ticket for the Southwest region following a 2-0 win over littoral representative, Pouma FC of Douala, courtesy of a first half brace from Albert Tiku Egbe.
As proven from the regional league to this stage of the competition for in search of an Elite two ticket, one could easily predict this day was meant to be.
Albert Tiku opened scores 15 minutes into the game after long one from outside the opponents 18m box, outsmarting goalkeeper Merlin Bouloumeck who couldn’t stop his strike.
Four minutes later the promising lad got the population of the Southwest region present at the stands on their feet once again with a brilliant double, executing a smart finish of Brandon Babo’s ball.
The SW representatives took total control of the first segment, giving Pouma very little opportunity in their half of the pitch, thanks to the reliability of the midfield compartment comprised of Chi Alex, Skipper Ashu Tabi, Ivan Vachet.
Pouma’s best chance during this half was a corner kick advantage which was poorly taken and equally squandered by Pouma players in ISOHSA’s box, danger cleared by Kingsley Turborg.
Upon resumption, Pouma brought in two players for reinforcement, yet shortly after their entry, Albert Tiku got a hold of the ball from the corner and sent a pass to Babo Brandon who was in a better position to do the finishing but the latter’s strike went to the waiting hands of the goalkeeper.
Ashia Kelvin at goal for ISOHSA made the work much more difficult to the opponent’s attackers, denying over three attempts in less than ten minutes.
Coach Nlend Ayme’s boys pressed harder which led to Babo Brandon scoring from a rebounce after the goalkeeper lost control of the ball in his possession, but had the goal cancelled to be an offside.
Known for being the “substitute goalscorer, Dieudonne Onega who was brought in at the 59th minute to replace Ivan Vachet who will be unfair to say did not have a fair game. The first 11 players had an impressive first half.
Brandon missed his chance to a goal validates when he came one on one with goalkeeper Merlin but delayed on the ball with the assumption the defenders he outsmarted were still far behind him, but to his surprise, jc 6 grabbed the ball from behind to clear danger.
All later attempts from Pouma were wasteful in front of goal as the score line remained unchanged, denying the littoral side a second consecutive ticket to the second tier championship after Aigle of Moungo did last year.
Coming into this competition for the first time, ISOHSA has once again made the region proud
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