Aljezurense 1 – 2 Quarteira

At a time of the season when most championships, promotion and relegation are decided, Aljezurense entertained Quarteira who were in a position to neither win anything, nor get promoted or relegated.

Aljezurense were not in good shape with several players either injured or not available leaving just a bare fit14. No recognised central forward was available, and this showed as they did not have one shot at goal the whole first half.

Quarteira looking like a mid table side, had little more to offer and it was a surprise that they went in front midway through the first half. A throw-in deep in the Aljezurense half on the left, was taken and like many was a foul throw as the player had his back foot raised.  This went unpunished and the Aljezurense defence missed the chance to clear.  The ball fell at the back post, where a visiting forward bicycled kicked the ball into the net 0-1.

Aljezurense rallied a bit but still could not force a shot and the half ended with them behind.

Aljezurense 0-1 Quarteira

 The crowd, looking for a quick start to the second half, were only disappointed that it was not Aljezurense who acted more quickly. The visitors’ left full back who was mediocre to say the least, got space wide on the left and his sliced cross caught the home keeper flat footed, and the ball hit the far post and went into the far side netting… 0-2 with only 3 mins gone.

With Aljezurense needing the points, they rallied and at last started to string a few passes together, Several opportunities were made and João and Pop went close to scoring. Rafael who had made several chances with his long throws was released by a good through pass and his strong run saw him get to the ball in the visitors penalty area and his volley crashed past the goalkeeper       1 – 2.

Eddy 14 who had one of his worst games for the side was replaced,  as was the injured Rafael by Andre 20 and Victor 24.  This improved momentum, and several chances to level the scores went begging.  João had a fine free kick punched over by the keeper and Dani’s cross shot missed the far post by centimetres.  In a final flurry from a João corner, Carlinhos 2 got above the visiting defence but his inability to attack the ball saw him slide it onto the far post and away safe.

Final Score Aljezurense 1 – 2 Quarteira

 Aljezurense needed a point at least to keep safe and they blew the chance.  Noel, Lawrence, Dani and Rafael put in a great effort but the lack of a central striker was the downfall of the side.  Winning next week at Monchiquense and away to 11 Esperãncas on the 20th April will be more than enough to see the side safe from relegation.

Hopefully a more proactive approach to the final games will be seen.  When the ball is played quicker going forward, the players respond much better to this style of play, and the results generally go Aljezurense’s way.

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