RECAP: WEEKEND PORTUGUESE ACTION
Tony Taylor and Kamani Hill both came on in the second half of losing efforts in the final weekend of the Liga Vitalis season.
GD Estoril Praia 1–2 CD Feirense
Two goals from Brazilian striker Adilson saw the visitors overcome a halftime deficit to claim all three points, while Estoril were left to question the officiating.
The game began inauspiciously for Os Canarinhos as winger Rodrigo Hote was ejected in only the fourth minute for a foul on Feirense's veteran defender Marco Cadete.
It was a controversial decision about which Tony Taylor believes referee Bruno Paixão made a mistake. "It wasn't a foul worth a red," he told YA afterwards, " maybe a yellow."
Playing a man down for such an extended period of time, Estoril had to adjust their tactics to "sit back and go for the counter," according to Taylor.
Despite the disadvantage, however, Estoril scored first when leading marksman Calé put his strike partner Moacir through on goal with the Feirense defense caught up field. The Brazilian made no mistake to put the hosts up 1-0 just prior to the halftime whistle.
Knowing that only three points would be good enough to keep their promotion hopes alive, Feirense's Coach Carlos Garcia introduced attacking midfielder Igor at the expense of fullback Mario Galhano to begin the second half.
The tactical change paid off in the 60th minute when Adilson struck his first goal of the afternoon, equalizing with a shot from outside the area past ‘keeper Paulo Santos.
Feirense maintained the upper hand for the remainder of the game, but they did not seal the victory until Adilson netted again a minute into stoppage time, sending the Estoril faithful home disappointed.
Florida native Taylor had been introduced in the 72nd minute, but was unable to stretch his scoring streak to three games in a row.
"I did well, but it was tough" he said. "I was the only attacker, but I tried to take it to them."
With the loss Estoril finished the season in 11th place in the 16 team Liga Vitalis, but more significantly, after the game Neca announced his resignation as coach.
For the visitors, who entered the game in third place, it was an empty victory as both Beira-Mar and Portimonense took care of business, winning their matches and clinching the two promotion spots.
CD Santa Clara 2-0 CD Aves
On-loan Guimarães attacker Kamani Hill entered the game in the second half for fellow striker Bruno Severino, but could not inspire Aves to victory in their final game at fourth place Santa Clara.
Aves travelled to the resort town of Ponta Delgada in the Azores islands to try to end the season on a high note, but the visitors were outclassed from early on.
Brazilian Leandro Tatu opened the scoring in the 14th minute with his league leading 16th strike of the season, and the hosts never let Aves back in the game.
In the 60th minute Aves coach Micael Sequeira introduced former UCLA standout Hill as well as midfielder Amaury Bischoff, who is on-loan from first division Académica de Coimbra.
The substitutions did not change the flow of the game, however, and Santa Clara increased their lead only four minutes later when Ruy Netto tallied his first goal of the season, and the final goal of the game.
The loss drops Aves to ninth place in the final Liga Vitalis standings.
Gale Agbossoumonde did not dress for Braga in their visit to Nacional of Madeira. The surprise title challengers needed to win and have high flying Benfica lose their finale against Rio Ave in order to claim the Liga Sagres crown. Unfortunately, neither result went their way, as Nacional held Braga to a 1-1 tie, and Benfica dispatched Rio Ave 2-1. Braga finish the season in second, three points ahead of their more highly touted neighbor Porto.