Olhanense finish on a high

A 3-1 home victory over Olímpico do Montijo has raised the spirits of Olhanense fans as they saw their team finish the year with three straight wins.

The previous week, the Olhão-based outfit scored twice in the opening six minutes but against Olímpico do Montijo it took a quarter-of-an-hour to go two goals up!

Lorenzo Galassi converted a 10th minute penalty before Rodrigo Parreira added the second five minutes later. Much as they had done the week before, the home side added a third shortly after the break when Ruben Fidalgo headed home.

With 20 minutes to go, the visitors pulled a goal back through Valdu Té.

Olhanense’s new coach Nilton Terroso has brought a refreshing style of attacking play with the team gaining in confidence week-by-week.

There is now a three-week break until Olhanense play their next game away to Estrela FC (Vendas Novas) on January 7 and, with the opening of the transfer window, time alone will tell as to whether the Italian management team will beef up the squad for an assault on the top spot.

Olhanense have moved up to fourth place, still eight points behind leaders SC Farense who won 1-0 away at Louletano thanks to a 17th minute goal from Fábio Gomes.

Moncarapachense scored the only goal of the game against Lusitano VRSA when Fábio Teixeira netted 15 minutes from time.

Almancilense shared the points in a four-goal thriller against Os Armacenenses. Almancilense took the lead through Adewale Sapara after 10 minutes and looked to have sewn up the points when Edinho Junior slotted home a 63rd minute penalty. Wyner Rosero had other ideas as he scored a brace within six minutes to level the score.

Farense Cup success
After victories against Estrela FC, Amora, Estoril Praia (Primeira Liga) and Leixões (Segunda Liga) in the Portugal Cup, SC Farense travelled to the Azores to battle with SC Praiense for a place in the quarter-finals.

A Fabrício goal was enough to secure an away tie against the winners of the Caldas SC v. Académica game.

Académica are currently fourth in the Segunda Liga but Farense, under the leadership of former Olhanense skipper Rui Duarte, are a match for anyone on their day and it would be a brave man to bet against them reaching the semi-finals where they would play the winners of the Rio Ave v. CD Aves game. Farense have avoided both Sporting and FC Porto who are in the section of the draw.


Photo: Galassi slots home the 10th minute penalty