NICK LEYDEN - Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tony Taylor played only a handful of minutes in the Azores as Estoril sank to their third consecutive Liga Orangina defeat.

A once promising promotion challenge is quickly spiraling out of control for Estoril who suffered a defeat away to Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon.

Os Canarinhos controlled possession for much of the game, but it was the home team that created the more decisive chances.

Santa Clara could have taken the lead in the 30th minute when Monteiro's shot beat Estoril's ‘keeper, Cleber, only to strike the crossbar.

A defensive error seven minutes late allowed his strike partner, Moreira, to pounce and slot the ball past the Brazilian, giving the hosts a lead at the break.

After a Monteiro header in the 47th minute produced a fine save from Cleber, Os Canarinhos dominated the remainder of the second half.

Vinícius Eutrópio introduced Luis Leal and Clodoaldo in the 69th and 79th minutes respectively, hoping the attacking pair could salvage a point. The Brazilian coach even brought Taylor on in the 86th minute to finish the game with four strikers, but it was to no avail.

The loss drops Estoril to 11th place in the 16-team Liga Orangina.

Greg Garza, who has yet to make the roster since his transfer from Sporting, did not appear. Nor did Bryan Arguez, who has not played since the opening game of the season.

Estoril's next league game will be against first place Arouca on December 19th.