Olhanense move down the table

Having been a season ticket holder at SC Olhanense for the last three years, CHRIS WRIGHT thoroughly recommends anyone who enjoys football to go along and savour the unique atmostphere at this very friendly club in the Eastern Algarve. Chris will be reporting for The Resident on the club’s ups and downs throughout the season

FOLLOWING FOUR successive wins in the league and cup, SC Olhanense were in confident mood for the 400-mile trip to Feirense for their Liga II game on Sunday.

The home side took an early lead through Jorge Leitão and went 2-0 ahead in the 21st minute via a close range shot from Helder Castro.

The league’s top scorer Djalmir gave Olhanense hope when he reduced the arrears five minutes later, the first goal Feirense had conceded at home all season. The visitors were looking comfortable at this stage but with half-time approaching it was the home side who scored again to go 3-1 up.

Despite battling hard in the second period Olhanense were unable to reduce the arrears. The 3-1 defeat means that Santa Clara (Azores) move above Olhanense at the top of the LigaVitalis table following their 5-1 thrashing of Vizela. Portimonense moved into third place with a 1-0 home win over Oliveirense.

Last week two of SC Olhanense’s young stars, Castro and João Gonçlaves, represented Portugal in an under-21 International against Spain.

Both acquitted themselves well in the 4-1 victory with Orlanda Sá of Sporting Braga scoring a hat-trick in an 18 minute spell.

There is tremendous interest in SC Olhanense’s forthcoming Carlsberg League Cup quarter-final match against Benfica at the Stadium of Light on January 14. The club anticipates that more than 2,000 supporters from Olhão will make the trip to Lisbon.

On Sunday Olhanense are at home to Beira Mar, kick-off 3.00pm.

                   by CHRIS WRIGHT