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Posted by portugalpress on November 14, 2017
Bruno Bernardo (45), who was later sent-off, is surrounded by Olhanense defenders
Midfield tussle
Olhanense fans receive a police escort to the São Luis Stadium
Olhanense (red/black) defend a corner
Farense (black/white) and Olhanense take to the pitch with young mascots

The much-anticipated derby between SC Farense and local arch-rivals SC Olhanense was all over by half-time as the home side raced into a three-goal lead. With both sets of fans in good voice, the teams started nervously but, on nine minutes, the home side took the lead.

Fábio Gomes broke free on the right and fired in a low shot which rebounded off the near post and into the path of Okechukwu Irobiso who had the simplest of tasks to find the back of the net.

Farense looked sharp and continued to press forward as Olhanense struggled in defence. In particular, André Dias was having a nightmare at left-back as Farense exploited the gaps and it was no surprise when Fábio Gomes made it 2-0 just before the half-hour mark.

It was game over eight minutes before the break when former Benfica and Portugal international Jorge Ribeiro added a third direct from a corner.

Olhanense manager Bruno Saraiva had seen enough and made a double substitution with Rodrigo Parreira and Tiago Barros replacing Leleco and Galassi. The visitors pulled a goal back on 63 minutes when Mailó Cruz turned his marker and poked the ball past Hugo Marques. Any remote chance of a fight back was extinguished 15 minutes from time when Fabrício Jesus made it four as a left-wing cross bounced off his shin, sending keeper Cléber Santana the wrong way, and rolled slowly over the line.

Referee Carlos Cabral allowed the game to flow but he had no alternative than to dismiss Bruno Bernardo (Farense) and Mailó Cruz (Olhanense) after the two exchanged blows 10 minutes from time.

League leaders Farense are looking strong and are now three points clear of Casa Pia (Lisbon). Pinhalnovense leapfrog Olhanense, who are seven points adrift of top spot, into third place.

SC Olhanense’s next game is against Pinhalnovense at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão on November 26.

Acrimonious departure by players
Two Olhanense players left the club just days before the important clash with Farense.

Faro-born Fábio Felício used the social media to criticise the Italian led Olhanense SAD saying: “I wish to record that I have left the club but I want to thank my colleagues and the technical team for everything they have done for me; a fantastic group!”

He added, “I feel sad to see a club like Olhanense, with a strong record in Portuguese football, being run by unprofessional people. I can now understand why the club has dropped down the leagues in such a short period of time.

Olhanense deserves better. A word of thanks to the supporters of Olhanense who have always cherished me.”

Hard on the heels of this statement came news that 26-year-old Januário had also rescinded his contract. The fast-paced winger, a native of Olhão, was a favourite with the fans and will be sorely missed. Rumours are that both players could be possible reinforcements for Moncarapachense.