Almost there

Portimão extended their unbeaten run to six games when narrowly failing to beat Oliveirense last Sunday afternoon.

On the same away ground the Algarveans had celebrated promotion to the Superliga two years ago, captain Ricardo Pessoa gave his team a deserved lead from the penalty spot 39 minutes into the game.

A straight red card for ex-junior Wakaso shortly before half-time was followed by a quick equaliser from the home side ten minutes after the restart but those setbacks did not stop Portimão’s ten men from going on to dominate proceedings and taking a potentially invaluable point home with them.

The draw sees Portimonense on 31 points, one counter above the relegation zone comprising Freamunde and Covilhã (both on 30) neither of which could better the Algarvean’s result over the weekend. At the same time, no less than three clubs are on 33 points of which one, Madeira, will be Portimão’s opponents on the last day of the season.

But Liga Orangina (national second division) survival can become a certainty prior to that date if Portimonense can emerge victorious from their last home appearance and penultimate 2011/2012 match against Trofense this Sunday afternoon. Skip Bandele