Rare victory, but relegation now inevitable

Basement outfit SC Olhanense recorded only their fifth Segunda Liga win of the season when they edged home 2-1 against Lisbon side Cova da Piedade last weekend. The visitors almost broke the deadlock in the 14th minute when former Olhanense player Adilson saw his shot flash inches wide.

The home side took the lead on the half-hour mark when the lively Jorman Aguilar took advantage of an error by central defender Bruno Bernardo. The Panamanian striker doubled his tally a couple of minutes from the interval when he touched home Gerevini’s cross.

In the second-half, Olhanense failed to press home their superiority and when Filipe Godinho reduced the arrears in the 73rd minute, it looked as if the visitors might snatch a point. As the clock ticked down, Sori Mané picked up a second yellow and the home side were down to 10 men. The nervous Olhanense fans, looking to celebrate a first home win since December 4, were on the edge of their seats as referee Vítor Ferreira doled out four yellow cards in stoppage time and Doudou Mangni failed to put the result beyond doubt when he hit the post in the dying seconds.

The three points still leave Olhanense 14 points adrift of the relegation play-off spots with just 11 games remaining.

Even the most optimistic fans must realise that relegation is now inevitable with a difficult midweek visit to promotion hopefuls CD Aves having taken place as the paper went to print.

Gil Vicente next up
On Sunday (March 19), SC Olhanense welcome ‘The Roosters’ from Barcelos to the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão – kick-off 3pm. Gil Vicente, who are the league’s draw specialists with 15 of their 31 games ending all square, are currently in mid table having only won once away from home.