On a day when six games were postponed and one abandoned due to inclement weather on the mainland in the Campeonato de Portugal, Olhanense made the lengthy journey to the Azores for the second time in a month.
Following a 1-1 draw with Angrense on the island of Terceira in October, they were in good spirits for the visit to SC Ideal on the main island of São Miguel.
The early omens looked good as the lively Stevy Okitokandjo gave the visitors the lead midway through the first-half.
It was the Dutchman’s sixth goal in nine games. The lead was short-lived as SC Ideal levelled matters seven minutes later through Igor Cartaxo. The second period proved to be a feisty battle with Olhanense’s Dongwook Lee getting his marching orders in the 71st minute, followed 10 minutes later by SC Ideal’s João Grilo.
The visitors were on course to pick up a point when disaster struck as skipper Tiago Barros put through his own goal in the final minute of the game.
Olhanense are mid-table on 15 points and on Saturday (November 17) they welcome Os Armacenenses (Armação de Pêra) to the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão (behind McDonalds on the EN125). Kick-off is 3pm and admission is €7. Armacenenses are currently in eighth position with 18 points.
Benfica in town
A chance to see the next generation of young stars at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão, on Sunday morning when SC Olhanense U17 play Benfica U17 in the Campeonato Nacional de Juvenis. Kick-off is 11am and admission is free.
By CHRIS WRIGHT
Photo: Stevy Okitokandjo scored his sixth of the season