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Posted by portugalpress on November 01, 2017
Rodrigo Parreira (77) goes close for Olhanense
Olhanense's Mailo and Fidalgo are thwarted by the Castrense keeper
Olhanense (red/black) lay siege to the Castrense goal

Last Sunday, in the small picturesque town of Castro Verde in the Lower Alentejo, Castrense entertained promotion hopefuls Olhanense.

This was a game that the Algarve outfit could and should have won but, once again, a lack of composure in the final third ensured that the game ended in a goalless stalemate.

Olhanense were missing Januário (injured) and Fábio Felício (suspended) but the absence of a recognised goalscorer could prove costly.

Young Sporting loanee Jefferson Encada joined the fray 10 minutes after the interval but the tight compact pitch did not suit his fast wing play and he failed to make an impact.

Castrense defended in depth and Mailó saw his shot blocked on the line before the visitors eventually got the ball in the net only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

Olhanense manager Bruno Saraiva was sent to the stand 20 minutes into the second-half after complaining about some of the debateable challenges by the home side.

With just 10 goals in eight games - three of those came against bottom side Lusitano VRSA - there is a real need for the team to get back on track as they host Moncarapachense in a local derby at the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão on Sunday - kick-off 3pm.

SC Farense extended their lead at the top of the Campeonato de Portugal Division E with a 1-0 home win over Oriental Lisboa, thanks to a Jorge Alves goal 12 minutes from time.

Casa Pia (Lisbon) moved into second place as they earned a single goal victory at Louletano with a fifth minute penalty converted by Márcio Augusto.

Olhanense drop to third, four points adrift of Farense, after their goalless draw at Castrense. Sunday, November 12 will see arch-rivals Farense and Olhanense go head-to-head at the São Luís Stadium.

By CHRIS WRIGHT

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