Santa Clara deservedly took all three points as Olhanense lost their first league game after a run of six matches undefeated.
The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes when home keeper Evtimov misjudged the flight of a free-kick and could only tip the ball on to the post. Pacheco was on hand to knock the rebound into an empty net.
The Olhanense front men received little protection from referee Iancu Vasilica, against the physical Santa Clara defenders before the islanders increased their lead on the half-hour mark when Accioly headed home Ruben Saldanha’s corner.
Olhanense’s vociferous claims for a foul were waved away by the referee who booked Salim Cissé. Galassi and Redolfi were to follow Cissé into the referee’s notebook, before the interval, as the home side became frustrated by the rough treatment handed out by their opponents.
Olhanense took more control in the second-half as Santa Clara were happy to defend their two-goal advantage.
With half-an-hour to go, the lively Aldair cut in from the left, evaded two tackles and arrowed the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net to reduce the deficit and give the home fans some hope.
A rocket of a shot that gave Serginho no chance. Salim Cissé (66'), Gonzalez Prado (84') and Redolfi (90'+ 4) had opportunities to level the score but lacked the vital finishing touch.
Santa Clara took every opportunity to break-up the play and some of their ‘play acting’ would not have been out of place in a Christmas pantomime!
By CHRIS WRIGHT