Farense edge into semi-final play-off

It was a close call, but SC Farense have reached the semi-final play-off of the Campeonato de Portugal on the ‘away goals’ rule.

The Faro-based outfit won the first-leg 3-2, of the quarter-final away against FC Felgueiras, and were expected to win the second-leg at home but went down 1-0.

In a nervous first-half, it was the visitors who took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Fábio Vieira scored direct from a free-kick. The second period saw Farense bring on experienced substitutes Neca and Irobiso and the quality of play improved but without success.

Cássio (51′), Irobiso (53′) and Jorginho (65’) went close as the home side endeavoured to draw level. Farense keeper Hugo Marques went off injured to be replaced by Miguel Carvalho and the young keeper came under increasing pressure as Felgueiras pressed for a decisive second goal with Fábio Vieira striking the crossbar.

In the final moments, the visitors launched all 11 players into an attacking mode with keeper Paiva having a great chance to snatch victory only to see his shot sail over the crossbar.

On Saturday, SC Farense entertain U.D. Vilafranquense (Vila Franca, Lisbon) in the first-leg of the semi-final at the Estádio de São Luís (behind Faro Hospital), kick-off 5pm. The winner of the two-legged semi-final – the second leg is in Vila Franca on May 27 – will gain promotion to the Segunda Liga.


Photo: Farense (black/white) in action against FC Felgueiras