A game of two halves!

By Chris Wright

Olhanense and Gil Vicente were both hoping to move away from the relegation zone with victory at the José Arcanjo Stadium in Olhão last Saturday.

It was the visitors who drew first blood when they took the lead with their first attack after just three minutes.

A straightforward cross was diverted at the near post by Yero to leave the home side in disarray.

Manager Sérgio Conceição was sent to the stand after half-an-hour for comments made when the officials allowed a Gil Vicente player to change his boots on the pitch whilst play was in progress; one of several strange decisions made by referee Rui Costa.

Olhanense lacked a decisive edge with passes going astray and it was only thanks to keeper Bracali that the visitors failed to add to their score. Ivanildo limped off to be replaced by Targino. The second-half saw Gil Vicente increase their lead when the normally reliable Rui Duarte lost the ball in midfield and Luis Carlos surged through the Olhanense defence to make it 2-0.

This seemed to spur the home side and two minutes later they pulled a goal back.

Man-of-the-Match Liban Abdi demonstrated his increasing confidence when he got behind the Gil Vicente back four and squared the ball back.

Nuno Piloto was on hand to hammer home from 12 metres. Game on! It was now all Olhanense and with 10 minutes left Evandro Brandão headed home Rui Duarte’s right-wing cross.

Despite several opportunities to win the game, the home side could not find the net and will be disappointed to have lost yet another two home points.