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Posted by portugalpress on November 08, 2017
Galassi who scored the all-important second goal
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Olhanense (red/black) crowd the visitors’ penalty area
Olhanense (red/black) defend a free-kick
Olhanense's Gruppo 1912 let off a smoke flare as Olhanense take a 2-0 lead
Olhanense will be hoping former Portimonense defender Ivo Nicolau is fit for the vital game against Farense on Sunday

Olhanense kept their 100% home record with a 2-1 win over local rivals Moncarapachense in the ninth round of games in the Campeonato de Portugal.

Januário, Jefferson and Ivo Nicolau were missing through injury and following the team’s failure to score at Castrense the week before, manager Bruno Saraiva rang the changes. Mailó Cruz started up front and Pedro Caeiro filled in for Ivo Nicolau at the heart of the defence.

Moncarapachense had the first opportunity in the sixth minute, but a fantastic reaction effort by Olhanense keeper Cléber Santana kept his goal intact. Five minutes later and a diagonal ball from Pedro Dias saw Mailó Cruz outstrip the visitors’ defence before hammering home a terrific shot from a tight angle.

Whilst Olhanense had the majority of possession, Moncarapachense relied on swift counter attacks and Olhanense skipper Materazzi looked out-of-sorts without his regular partner Ivo Nicolau.

A minute into the second-half, the game looked safe for the home side as Lorenzo Galassi smashed home goal number two from the left edge of the penalty area. Here was an opportunity for Olhanense to press forward and make the game safe but they failed to take advantage of their superior possession.

Cléber Santana again came to the rescue as he pulled off several crucial saves but, in the penultimate minute of normal time, he was beaten when Fábio Marques slotted home.

The good-sized crowd then had to endure a nervous three minutes of stoppage time before they could celebrate victory.

With SC Farense and Casa Pia (Lisbon) both winning, Olhanense remain in third place, four points behind the leaders. Moncarapachense languish in 14th place on seven points.

Local rivals go head-to head
Campeonato de Portugal Division ‘E’ leaders SC Farense entertain SC Olhanense at the São Luís Stadium (behind Faro Hospital) on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.

The bitter rivalry between the clubs goes back over 100 years and the last time the two teams met, three years ago, the younger Olhanense Gruppo 1912 fans paraded a coffin depicting the demise of Farense who were spiralling towards relegation.

This season Farense are a force to be reckoned with under the leadership of Rui Duarte who captained Olhanense back in in 2009 when the Olhão club gained promotion to the Primeira Liga.

Victory for SC Farense will put them seven points clear of Olhanense who will be hoping their injured players are fit for this crucial game.

By CHRIS WRIGHT

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