Silves 1 – 1 Aljezurense

This match was played at Messines due to ground problems at Silves, and saw Aljezurense’s biggest away crowd of the season, as one of the junior teams arrived with the team and were not backward in supporting the visitors.

Windy conditions faced both teams with the wind blowing down the pitch, with Aljezurense facing it in the first half. These conditions were not favoured by either team as the ball ran away from Silves when attacking in the first half,  and held up for the visitors.

The referee was very slack in allowing foul after foul from the home team’s centre forward, who relished in his freedom to kick and block when he liked.  In fact it took eight such fouls before he was finally booked in the second half.

Aljezurense looked the better of the two sides and it was against the run of play when Silves took the lead.  A long ball was misjudged by Eddy 14 and Carlinhos 2 missed his clearance and the home side’s forward struck the ball passed the oncoming keeper 1-0.

Aljezurense were still causing the home side problems and both Rafael 15 and Victor 24 were getting long throws well into the home side’s penalty box, but alas the keeper was better than the visiting forwards.

The first half finished with Aljezurense on top but 0 – 1 down at the whistle.

In the second half Aljezurense were playing with the wind and were the better for it.  Lawrence 8 and Dani 23 were in control of mid field and pass after pass was defended, but generally with some luck as Jardel, Joao and Pop all got chances to level the scores.  However, the long throw was to be Silves’ down fall and from deep in the home side,s half, Rafael launched the ball well into the penalty box only for the home side,s full back to flick the ball over the keeper to level the scores.

Aljezurense were now well on top and it was a strange decision that saw Aljezurense replace both full backs. Whilst it is appreciated that both Tiago 5 and Andre 20 are good players the long throws might well have been Silves’ undoing.

Corners from Joao time after time beat the home defence, but Noel missed the target 3 times, the third smashing against the cross bar and over.

Full Time Silves 1 – 1 Aljezurense

Well done to all in these conditions, 2 points missed but at least Aljezurense played the better football. The midfield played very well and Man Of The Match Lawrence 8 almost turned the match several times. Noel again showed his strength at the back, and hopefully this is another point to safety. Finally, great to have more vocal support cheering on Aljezurense, well done the youngsters.

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