A fourth consecutive defeat has put paid to any slim chance Olhanense might have had of promotion to Liga 3.
League leaders Os Belenenses put Olhanense to the sword with a comprehensive 3-0 win in Lisbon. An early goal from Ruben Araújo turned into two just after the interval when Euclides Tavares found the back of the net.
Ten minutes after the break, the visitors lost Edson Pires to a second yellow card. This was the fourth dismissal of an Olhanense player in the past five games. The 10 men were no match for a rampant Belenenses side who added a third through Ruben Araújo.
The Olhão team’s worst sequence of negative results has seen them concede nine goals while scoring just one and that was from the penalty spot.
On Sunday, Pêro Pinheiro are the visitors to the José Arcanjo Stadium (behind McDonalds on the EN125) – kick-off 5pm.
Moncarapachense still in with a chance
Second place GD Fontinhas (Azores) were the visitors last Sunday and, in a hard-fought game, neither side was able to find the back of the net. The islanders lost the influential Adeilton Cruz 15 minutes from time when the referee showed him a second yellow. Moncarapachense pressed forward but had to settle for a point.
With four games to play, Os Belenenses lead the pack on 12 points, followed by GD Fontinhas (11) and Moncarapachense (9). Olhanense are bottom on just two points. The top two go head-to-head in the Azores on Sunday which could give the Moncarapacho outfit an opportunity to capitalise with their trip to Sertanense.
Defibrillator plaque unveiled
SC Olhanense celebrated their 110th anniversary on April 27. Officials, players and supporters gathered at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão, for the raising of the club flag.
Olhanense Expat Supporters and East Algarve Walking Football had funded the purchase of a defibrillator and paid for training. The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the memory of Steve Williams and Henrik Misiorny who were both supporters of SC Olhanense and members of EAWF.
By CHRIS WRIGHT