NICK LEYDEN - Monday, May 14, 2012
Tony Taylor had an assist in 45 minutes of action in Estoril's final game of the season after clinching first place last week.
GD Estoril Praia 2-2 FC Arouca
Taylor earned the start up top alongside Licá, as he had for the previous four games, and created the opening goal in the 14th minute.
The Florida native picked up the ball in the midfield and escaped the entire Arouca defense before feeding Fabrício inside the box for the finish.
The hosts advantage was negated just before halftime though, as a Bruno Nascimento challenge in the box earned a red card for the Estoril defender and a penalty kick for the visitors in the 44th minute.
Brazilian veteran Joeano proceeded to level the score from the spot.
Taylor was removed at halftime for Erick in what was likely a tactical substitution to reorganize the lineup following the expulsion, but Estoril continued to attack and Diogo Amado restored the lead with a header off a 50th minute corner kick.
Kiko once again drew Arouca even in the 74th minute though, securing a point in the season's final game.
For Estoril the result was meaningless, having clinched first place and promotion last week, and the season's largest crowd maintained a party atmosphere throughout.
The tie was critical for Arouca, however, as it ensured they would finished above the relegation zone.
Taylor scored a combined five goals for Estoril and Atlético this season, despite missing a number of games while away with the U-23s. By season's end the speedy attacker was an automatic starter for Marco Silva, and looks to be a key figure as Estoril prepares for a season in the first division.
Oguchi Onyewu missed out on Sporting's final game of the season, a 3-2 victory over third place Braga, due to a red card suspension. Sporting finished in fourth place and will once again compete in the Europa League next year.
With a middle of the pack finish guaranteed, Caleb Patterson-Sewell sat out his first game of the Liga Orangina season in Atlético's 2-1 loss to Oliveirense. The Lisbon team finished in 11th place.