By CHRIS WRIGHT
Olhanense travelled north to Guimarães last Sunday for the all important game against fifth placed Victória de Guimarães.
The home side were missing five players through suspension, four having been sent off in the previous week’s Minho Derby against Sp.Braga. Before the game, many of the 26,000 home fans marched to the stadium in protest at the handling of the game by referee Artur Soares Dias.
Both sides had opportunities in the first period and Olhanense’s Man of the Match Ukra, with his jinxing runs, showed why it is rumoured that he will be returning to Porto when his loan spell expires at the end of the season.
V. Guimarães, chasing a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League, took the lead just before half-time. The impressive Rui Miguel weaved his way through a mass of players and his shot from the edge of the box gave Ventura no chance. A fine goal. Olhanense came out in the second period looking more positive and determined to avenge the 2-0 home defeat by V. Guimarães earlier in the season. Paulo Sérgio, back after a one match ban, and Castro worked tirelessly for the Algarveans but found it difficult to break down a solid defence.
Ventura commanded his area and made two fine saves to stop the home side extending their lead. Manager Jorgé Costa took off Delson, Rui Baião and Paulo Sérgio and put on front men Rabiola, Toy and Yazalde in an effort to force an equaliser.
As the final whistle approached, skipper Djalmir was bundled over in the box and Ukra stepped up to blast home the penalty. The home side were incensed but replays showed that the referee was spot on with his decision. Protests continued after the game and Roberto was shown a red card by referee Olegario Benquerenca. A deserved away point that keeps Olhanense four points clear of the relegation zone.
Call for support
Isidoro Sousa, Olhanense Club President, has issued a rallying cry to all Olhanense fans to turn out in force for tonight’s (Friday) vital game against Marítimo (Madeira) at the José Arcanjo Stadium (behind McDonald’s on the EN125). Kick-off 8.15pm. Olhanense will be without Castro and Carlos Fernandes who are suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.
Algarveans face Eagles
On Saturday April 24, Olhanense travel to Lisbon to take on league leaders Benfica. Kick-off is 9.15pm and more than 1,500 fans are expected to make the journey. The return coach journey and ticket for the game costs 30 euros.
For further information contact: Emily Richardson 939 486 870 or Chris Wright 916 504 903.