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Point taken

By SKIP BANDELE

Following two defeats at home, Portimão would probably have been happy to settle for a share of the spoils away to bottom club Naval prior to kick-off.

However, following an Ivanildo strike as early as the fourth minute, the handful of travelling supporters among the paltry 422 spectators will have started believing in a first league win since September.

That hope should have become reality as the visitors continued to dominate procedings throughout the 90 minutes of normal play. Alas, Pedro Silva II, Candeias and Pires were only three forwards guilty of wasting more than a hat full of golden opportunities to seal victory.

As most students of the game know, such failure to convert chances usually has a way of making the culprits pay dearly and that was once more the case here.

Deep into injury time, French Naval striker Previtali rose to meet a pin-point cross from Marinho and head home past the blameless Ventura in the Portimão goal.

The final whistle which followed immediately afterwards thus left the Algarveans trotting off the pitch feeling somewhat frustrated with what turned out to be a most unexpected 1-1 draw.

“There should only have been one winner,” manager Carlos Azenha said afterwards. “We created countless chances and a 3-0 scoreline at half time would have been correct. I have said that our season will start here. We have shown that we know what is needed and it is up to us to continue the good work.”

An encouraging debut from Andre Vilas Boas certainly gave the team more backbone and chances are that the longed-for win can materialise as soon as February 6 when Portimonense take on Paços Ferreira back in their own city-centre stadium.

The latest inspection by a league committee of work in progress was positive and as long as the turf due to be finally laid this Monday ‘takes’ all should be in order by Sunday week.

Meanwhile, the club’s Presidential elections were postponed for a second time after no-one came forward to run against incumbent Fernando Rocha.