NICK LEYDEN - Monday, April 1, 2013
Tony Taylor scored a goal with the final kick of the game to salvage a critical point for Estoril on the road against Moreirense.
Moreirense 1 - 1 Estoril
Taylor's first goal of the season came at a vital moment as Estoril continue their chase for what could be a surprising Europa League birth.
Moreirense opened the scoring in the eighth minute when French attacker Nabil Ghilas beat Estoril's goalie Vagner with a half-volley close to the penalty spot.
Estoril responded well and were the better team throughout the game, though they remained frustrated until the game's dying seconds.
In the eighth minute of second half stoppage time the visitors won a free kick around midfield and sent their entire lineup into the Moreirense box. Vagner then launched a ball toward the top of the area and Ricardo Andrade misplayed his attempted punch.
Taylor, who had entered the game in the 73rd minute for Carlitos, lost his marker in the crowded box and picked up the ball as it bounced behind the Moreirense defense. Using his left foot he then slotted it into the far side netting from a difficult angle.
The former US youth international was mobbed by his teammates who knew his goal put them on 32 points, just one back in the hunt for Portugal's final Europa League spot.
Estoril will next take the field at home against Nacional on Sunday.
They will do so without influential center back Steven Vitoria, however, after the towering defender picked up his second yellow card just moments before Taylor's equalizer.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell once again served as Pawel Kieszek's backup as Vitoria de Setubal was blitzed by Maritimo. The visitors took a 4-0 lead in the 58th minute before Setubal scored two late consolation goals.
Steven Silva Rodrigues also watched from the bench at Leixoes notched a 1-0 win over visiting Uniao in the second division. The win keeps Leixoes in third place, though they will need second place Arouca to slip up in the final month and a half if their promotion hopes are to be realized.