• Berthe Reinette’s defensive blunder helped title seeking Louves Minproff earn a valuable point at home to extend their unbeaten run in the Guiness Super League.
By Beng Emmanuel
Louves Minproff survived a huge scare and were forced to fight back to draw 1-1 with Awa FC to avoid their first defeat in the Women’s Super League this season.
Berthe Abega scored a superb free-kick for Awa FC but it was cancelled by Alice Maffo Matsing few minutes later for the equalizer which keeps Louves Minproff second on the log.
Both teams endured a difficult start and were quite wasteful on some of the rare openings they created. Louves skipper Charlene Meyong fired twice from the edge of Awa’s area in the opening minutes but her impressive attempt yielded no fruits.
Awa FC were snuffed out from supplies. Brenda Tabe and Kevine Ossol were under increasing pressure and less competent upfront although they both teamed up in the build-up to their breakthrough. Tabe Brenda raced past Louves defence from a cool pass, but was brought down by Ange Bawou.
Berthe Abega-who’s screamer from long range shot earlier got Bawou to make her first save in the game after an untroubled start in between the sticks scored from the resulting free-kick.
But Louves woke up from their slumber and fought hard to remedy to the debacle start. Their efforts paid off when they levelled scores only few minutes after conceding from a free-kick. Alice Maffo Matsing capitalised on a blunder from Awa FC defence to beat Ongmahan Marthe with a delightful finish.
There was much amelioration from both teams; the intensity of the game greatly changed, with organization and resilience evident although nothing to show for by halftime.
The second half was even more entertaining than the first with both teams poised to grab a win. Louves showed flashes of attacking intent and came close to taking the lead when Vanessa Noelle Kiomegne’s header hit the woodwork although she later failed to tap in from the rebound.
Charlene Meyong never let the intensity drop. The indomitable Lionesses forward believed she was about to score the winner but her superb volley was blocked by Bernadette Ngaseh’s last dirge tackle for a corner kick.
Louves failed to dismiss their rivals with ease. They squandered several goal scoring chances which should have handed them a comfortable victory.
Augustine Ngo Mback’s powerful left strike was stopped by Awa’s Ongmahan Marthe. Other goal scoring chances from Elise Ndome and Ghislaine Odile all meet stiff resistance from Awa’s defence.
Despite the draw, Louve Minproff maintains the pressure on leaders Amazon FAP who beat Éclair de Sa’a 2-1 in similarly an advance match day ten fixture.
They are yet to lose a game this season with a game to spare as they eye another championship title.