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Posted by portugalpress on March 08, 2018

An important home victory against FC Castrense has propelled Olhanense back into play-off contention thanks to a surprise home defeat for Casa Pia (Lisbon) against Louletano. Olhanense manager Nilton Terroso welcomed back play maker Leleco, having served a one match suspension, and Rodrigo Parreira returning from injury.

On a heavy pitch, it was the home side who showed more attacking flair and several chances went begging before they finally took the lead eight minutes prior to the break.

Stevy Okitokandjo was fouled in the penalty area and the fans feared the worse having seen their team miss two penalties in the previous home game against Oriental.

The big Dutchman, on loan from Leixões SC, stepped up to the spot to hammer home the spot-kick.

The second-half became a lottery as the skies opened and an already saturated pitch became a quagmire. Olhanense were always more accomplished than their Alentejo visitors but, due to the conditions, a mistake could have been costly. Thankfully, the home side held their nerve to record their 11th clean sheet of the season.

On Sunday, Olhanense hope that their away fixture at Moncarapachense will take place despite damage sustained to the Estádio Dr António João Eusébio in their game against Moura AC last week. The match was abandoned after 63 minutes with the score at 1-1 when a mini tornado demolished a couple of walls and fences.

SC Farense took another big step in securing the Campeonato Portugal Division E title with a comprehensive 3-0 win in Lisbon against Oriental. Second-half goals from Okechukwu Irobiso, Jorge Ribeiro and Cássio Scheid secured the Faro side’s 20th victory of the season. They now need just three wins from their final seven games to reach the play-offs. The first of those victories could come against FC Castrense on Sunday at the S. Luís Stadium (behind Faro Hospital), kick-off 3pm.