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Double success on TV

Olhanense completed the double over Sporting Lisbon ‘B’ thanks to a late own goal. With the game being shown live on Sport TV, it was hoped that both teams would turn on the style but in a mundane first-half there were only two efforts on goal, both by the home side, from Gonzalez Prado (9’) and Galassi (33‘).

Olhanense came out after the break in a more determined mood and should have taken the lead on 52 minutes when Ghanaian centre-forward Said was clean through on goal.

Sporting’s 19-year-old keeper Stoijkovic, nephew of the Serbian international goalkeeper of the same name, blocked the shot and Gonzalez Prado could only strike the rebound against Domingos Duarte and away to safety.

A minute later, the Lions clocked up the first yellow card of the game when Ryan Gauld, signed from Dundee United for €4 million in 2014, felled Tiago Duque near the corner flag. The diminutive Scottish midfielder had a quiet game, showing little of his undoubted skill.

Olhanense upped their work rate and continued to press the midfield. With 20 minutes remaining, Leandro Borges, replacing the industrious Galassi, contrived to be the architect of the winning goal.

His first kick of the ball was a tantalising corner which evaded everyone and dropped at the far post where it ricocheted off Sporting defender Betinho and into the net.

The home side saw out the rest of the game in relative comfort as they clocked up their third win in five games.

Tough test as Olhanense play top teams

On Saturday, the Algarve side, currently lying in 10th place in the Segunda Liga, travel north to play league leaders FC Porto ‘B’. The following Wednesday (March 9), GD Chaves, who are in second place just a point behind Porto, play Olhanense at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão, 3pm kick-off. Chaves have lost only one of their last 20 games. Tickets for the match are available on the day.

By CHRIS WRIGHT