From left: João Vasco (Olhanense) and Hugo Barbosa (Armacenenses) go head-to-head at the Estádio Municipal de Armação Pêra on Sunday

Olhanense draw a blank

Olhanense completed the first half of the Campeonato de Portugal Division D season with a goalless draw at Sintrense.

Manager Bruno Ribeiro made one change with Muscat, returning from a one-match suspension, replacing Edu Pinheiro at the heart of the defence. Olhanense, once again, could not turn their dominance into goals despite being the top scoring team in the league’s four divisions.

Ten minutes after the interval, the visitors’ defender Joshua got his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards in the space of three minutes!
Centre-forward Hassan was sacrificed as new signing Vasco Coelho made his debut to bolster the defence.

This was the Olhão team’s third draw in five games and they will need to rediscover their shooting boots with two major games coming up in early February – away to Real SC and home to Louletano, the only team to beat them way back in September.

Going into the second half of the campaign, Olhanense are a point clear of Real SC (Lisbon) and four points ahead of third-placed Alverca. The top two teams in the division qualify for the play-offs in May.

A large contingent of fans are expected to make the journey to Estádio Municipal de Armação Pêra on Sunday for the game against Os Armacenenses – kick-off 3pm. When the two teams met on the opening day of the season, three goals in five minutes towards the end of the game gave Olhanense a 2-1 victory.

Three weeks later, Olhanense knocked Armacenenses out of the Portugal Cup. Last Sunday, Os Armacenenses drew 2-2 with Fabril do Barreiro thanks to a brace of goals from Hugo Meira and remain in 10th place.

Player movement

Vasco Coelho

Following the departure of Olhanense manager Vasco Faísca to take charge of SC Braga ‘B’ squad, Rafael Tavares has been signed by Braga for an undisclosed fee. The 20-year-old central defender made 10 appearances and scored once, in his last appearance, at Pinhalnovense.

To fill his position, Olhanense have signed Vasco Coelho from Fátima where he made nine appearances and found the back of the net on four occasions. Prior to that, he gained experience in Saudi with Al-Washm FC and has also spent time at Benfica, SC Braga and Casa Pia.

By CHRIS WRIGHT