Ferreiras 1 – 0 Aljezurense

The last game of the season and Aljezurense visited League Champions Ferreiras on a rather hot day with the home crowd preparing for a party, with the ox being cooked over the spit.

Ferreiras’ grass playing surface looked like a ball had not been kicked on it since last season, so no excuses for the surface.  The champions had only 10 days ago scored 8 past Castromarinense who are one place above Aljezurense in the league table, and all were hoping that history was not repeated.

With Eddy taking the place of Noel who had received a red card last week, the defence didn’t look strong but number one keeper Toco was in magnificent form. The quick thinking and speed of the home side had Aljezurense on the back foot on more than one occasion, but Toco was superior to the shots and the score remained level up until 10 mins before halftime.

The referee and linesman were acting far too casual and allowed a free kick to Ferreiras to be taken not only in the wrong place, but without the usual wait for the whistle.  This caught the visitors napping, the home forward was forced wide and his low cross struck one of his team mates on his side and the ball crossed the line unchallenged.

Although Aljezurense had not carved out too many chances, they did not deserve to be destroyed by poor refereeing.

Dani, Lawrence and Sam worked hard to keep the ship stable and the score remained 1-0 at halftime.

The second half started like the first with the speed of the home forwards giving the visitors defence big problems, and on 3 occasions Toco was left one on one but his agility kept the score line the same.

Aljezurense made some changes replacing some weary legs with fresh, and in the last 10 mins Aljezurense were the side that looked likely to score.  First Sam was upended in the penalty area only for the referee to wave play on, and Joao met a cross from the left and his volley struck the hand of a defender but the penalty claims were ignored.  The game finished 1-0 to the champions.

Ferreiras have been the best team this term and are worthy winners of the league.  As for Aljezurense, well at times they challenged well, they had too many injuries to keep a stable side, the find of the season is the new second string keeper who replaced Toco when injured and played well.

The team needs strengthening and hopefully this can be done before the start of next season, but well done to the players for forging out results, enough to keep out of the bottom 3.

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