NICK LEYDEN - Sunday, May 2, 2010
Tony Taylor came off the bench to score for the second game in a row and clinch a point as Estoril visited Fátima on Saturday afternoon. Fellow Floridian Bryan Arguez did not dress for Os Canarinhos.
CD Fátima 1 – 1 GD Estoril Praia
Despite his game winning goal in last week's matchup against Aves, Tony Taylor was on the substitute's bench to begin Estoril's game at Fátima.
The 20 year old Jacksonville native, however, would again play the hero as he scored the equalizer in the 71st minute.
João Vilela's third strike of the season, just prior to the halftime whistle, had opened the scoring for the hosts as debutante Brazilian ‘keeper Vagner was beaten for the first time. Estoril coach Neca, therefore, made an offensive change early in the second half, bringing Taylor on for midfielder João Coimbra in the 58st minute.
The Traffic Sports product repaid his coach 13 minutes later, beating Fátima's Hugo Pinheiro who had just made an acrobatic save to deny Estoril defender Jardel.
The final score line reflected a fair result on the day, and continued a pattern for both teams as each have 14 ties in their 29 games, the most in Liga Vitalis. For Fátima it was the fourth 1-1 tie in a row.
Both teams find themselves firmly entrenched in the middle of the standings, ninth and tenth respectively, with one game remaining.
Estoril will close the season at home on 5/9 with the opportunity to ruin third place Feirense's promotion hopes.
UCLA product Kamani Hill watched from the bench as Aves was defeated 3-1 in their final home game by first place Beira-Mar.
US U-20 defender Gale Agbossoumonde was not named to the game day roster for second place Braga's visit to northern neighbor Paços de Ferreira.