Local hopes

Lagoa football club are continuing to enjoy a highly successful season in the regionalised second division Serie D, their latest 2-1 away win at Aljustrelense lifting them into second place above flagging long-time leaders Mafra.

Now only two points behind Pinhalnovense, there is a real possibility that the club will be in a position to replace top division promotion candidates Olhao as the second Algarve team in next season’s Liga Vitalis first division alongside Portimão.