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IMORTAL 2 CARVOEIRO UNITED 1

A much better game all round than Saturday's faintly shabby affair. An honest game, played without malice or cheating and well refereed to boot. Ref didn't blow up every two minutes for every slight contact. For large parts of the game the teams almost cancelled each other out, to the extent that for the first half I don't remember ever noting so few statistics about 45 minutes of football. There were more free kicks in the first ten minutes of the second half than in the whole of the first.

The football from both teams was a bit ticky-tacky, lots of passes when a shot might have been better. Imortal were particularly guilty in the second half.

Nothing noteworthy happened for the first 20 minutes or so, then Carvoeiro exerted a little pressure. Twice Pereira in goal had to be and was confident in taking control of crosses and corners.

Imortal had a couple of opportunities and were also denied on the half hour by good goalkeeping from an obviously English goalkeeper. What his team mates understood of one tirade I know not! Cassiano had a free kick well saved low down and the same player also brought out a good save a few minutes later. Imortal survived a free kick when the Carvoeiro should have done better against slack marking, but the half finished goal-less.

Half time and a few came out of the bar, the Benfica v Man Utd game having finished, swelling the crowd to about 50. Strange observation. Of the three colours of plastic seats out in the open, the green and red ones were dry after the earlier rain, but the yellow ones were still very wet. Same place, same rain. Any ideas?

Anyway, as the players came out for the second period,  it started to rain and it rained quite hard for about 20 minutes. That livened things up. Players were sliding around, tackles were mis-timed and penalised.

Cassiano had two more chances and half time sub Oliveira, restored after his three match ban, smacked a rebound off the second one straight at a defender. Oliveira redeemed himself eleven minutes in to put Imortal ahead. A long pass found him going into acres of space down the left. The Carvoeiro goalkeeper had a mad moment, came out to meet him well outside the area. Oliveira neatly side-stepped him and headed for goal. With one defender to beat, he kept calm and neatly guided the ball around the last man into the empty net.

Five minutes later Imortal doubled their lead. A bit of a scramble in front of goal, a shot thudded into the 'keeper's chest and before he could grab it, Calado was on hand to stab the ball home from eight yards to make it 2-0.

Dithering time then began, with Oliveira twice getting some stick from the crowd for taking too many touches, when the goal was seemingly at his mercy.

Just as it looked like Imortal were coasting to a win, a hopeful punt downfield caught captain Rodrigues and goalkeeper Pereira in two minds each, the ball went into no man's land to be gracefully lofted all of 35 yards up and over everyone into the gaping net.

Cue frantic four minutes of added time. Carvoeiro though they had a sniff and caused some minor panic at our end, but the defence held out. Oliveira could have sealed it but again took far too many touches. Carvoeiro had the last chance, but a shot from a corner went miles over.

Three points for Imortal.  They now have six points and have caught up the game in hand. Still in 9th, but four points ahead of Carvoeiro United who are 10th and only three points behind Silves in fourth. Imortal's next game is against Silves this Saturday, at home, ko 3pm /1500hrs.

match stats

Free kicks conceded :: Imortal 10, Carvoeiro United 8
Offside : Imortal 3, Carvoeiro United 2
Shots on target :Imortal 6, Carvoeiro United 2
Shots off target : Imortal 2, Carvoeiro United 5
Shots blocked : Imortal 2, Carvoeiro United 0
Corners : Imortal 2, Carvoeiro United 4
Yellow cards : Imortal 0, Carvoeiro United 2 (both for fouls in the second half)
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Saturday : Imortal 0 Silves 2 no report as I wasn't there. It's definitely going to be a long season! Next game is away to Quarteira SC next Saturday. Next home game is Wednesday 1st November (All Saints holiday) visitors will be table-toppers Ferreiras in the local derby, ko 3pm / 1500hrs. Ferreiras have won all six of their league games so far.
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Quarteira SC 0 - 1 Imortal. Not the best game I have ever seen, but a hard earned win with a classic centre half's header five minutes from the end of normal time. Report tomorrow.
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Quarteira SC 0 - 1 Imortal Albufeira

A good win for Imortal, who survived  two goalmouth scrambles and having to play the last 20 minutes with ten men after a harsh sending off.

Five minutes of the normal 90 remained when Imortal won a corner. Taking from the left wing by Cassiano, it was met ten yards out by centre back Calado, whose powerful header gave the 'keeper no chance. It could have been two a few minutes later. Brilliant ball juggling by Oliveira took him past two defenders, but the third touch was just a bit too rough and a third nipped in just before he could shoot.

It was a hot and windy afternoon at Quarteira, the pitch fairly dry and bumpy in places. The 80 or so fans (and the club staff) were irked that the local police commander was at the game. He prohibited the sale of beer to the possibly unruly mobs that he and his three armed colleagues may have been unable to control.

A welcome sight for the good number of Imortal followers was the appearance of midfield playmaker Chico. He was his usual busy and creative self, although being told 'calma, calma' from the bench  more than once! Absent though were Canito, Baldé and Flavinho.

Half an hour into the game, Imortal had managed not a single attempt at goal, despite having had a fair share of possession. Their opponents managed three within a few seconds on the quarter hour, a first shot was blocked, goalie Pereira clawed the rebound out of the sky but couldn't hold it and the second rebound was blocked safely for a corner.

A couple of half chances fell Imortal's way in the few minutes before the interval. Tidjane was foiled at the last after good work by Oliveira had set him free down the left. Cassiano then blasted a free kick straight at the defensive wall. A welcome sight was the home goalkeeper being booked for making that pinched together finger gesture book him' to the ref 'after Imortal 'played on' after an offside. I wish there was more of that.

Anyway, 0-0 at half time.

The second half began slowly, but twelve minutes in there was another goal mouth scramble in front of the Imortal net that had the fans ooing and aahing. Pereira saved a free kick, but again couldn't hold the swirling ball. The rebound was blocked on the line and the second rebound was fired across the goal rather than at it, to the mutters of the home supporters.

It was fairly messy for a while after that, neither team could control the game. Up and down they went. Oliveira had a good run in on goal, but was well tackled just as he lined up a shot. Quarteira began to exert some pressure, Imortal's tackling became a little  rash and hasty.  One long free kick was floated in the from right, a shot came in from 20 yards and was blocked by a defender. By his hand said the ref. Left back Jamil, having already seen yellow for one of the rash tackles, was on his way. The free kick was well taken and a equally well saved by Pereira with a two handed push around the post for a corner.

Imortal made changes to try to hold the 0-0 score with ten men and nearly twenty minutes to play. But they didn't give up on attacks and the vital goal came their way from Calado's header. Five minutes of additional time were shown, Imortal defended well , organised by captain Rodrigues, Quarteira ran out of ideas and it was a joyous scene at the end.

Now for Wednesday's big match against Ferreiras, who maintained their 100% record yesterday. It's a holiday on Wednesday, All Saints, so it's a 3pm /1500hrs kickoff at the Albufeira Municipal Stadium.

Match stats

Free kicks conceced : Imortal 21, Quarteira 13
Offside : Imortal 3, Quarteira 3
Shots on target : Imortal 1, Quarteira 5
Shots off target : Imortal 1, Quarteira 3
Shots blocked : Imortal 2, Quarteira 3
Corners Imortal 5, Quarteira 5 (all of theirs in the second half)
Yellow cards : Imortal 2, Quarteira 4 (all theirs in the first half)
Red Cards : Imortal 2 (Jamil's two yellows making one red)
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Imortal 0 - 0 Ferreiras

A brief report only, but in truth there is little to write about! A typical local derby, mostly played in midfield. Imortal failed to create a single clear cut chance at goal, Ferreiras did manage a couple, but one glaring miss in particular summed up their afternoon.

The referee was the busiest man on the pitch, sending off one Ferreiras player for a nasty retaliatory stamp after he had been fouled and showing at least ten yellow cards for a succession of fouls, including the Ferreiras goalkeeper for clattering Oliveira after the latter had been deemed offside.

Imortal drop to 9th. Next game is on Saturday, away to Faro e Benfica to which I shall be unable to go, even if I knew where it was to be played!
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FIXTURE CHANGE!!!

Imortal's match on Saturday has been 'reversed' and they will now be at HOME to Faro e Benfica with a 3pm / 1500hrs ko.

This is because Faro e Benfica are currently homeless. Their dump of a ground at Horta da Areia in Faro has been closed down for repairs.
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This afternoon :-

Imortal 3 - 1 Faro e Benfica no report as I couldn't get out of the bowls match having said I would play and then the game was re-arranged!

Other results went Imortal's way and they are now up to 6th.

Next game is at home next Saturday against Sambrasense, ko 1500hrs / 3pm.
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Imortal 0 - 0 Sambrasense poor performance against the bottom team. Luckily the other results mean Imortal don't drop down the table. Report tomorrow.
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Imortal 0 - 0 Sambrasense

A highly frustrating afternoon playing against the team bottom of the league. A combination of a poor final pass and woeful finishing left the crowd muttering and management waving its arms. Having said that, the two decent shots on target that Imortal did manage were well saved by the viisting goalkeeper.

There was nothing of note whatsoever for the first twenty minutes or so. A half chance came their way when a free kick was swing in by Nogueira but Jamil headed over. A better free kick also by Nogueira was tipped round the post for a corner, a final chance in the first half fell to the same player but he planted the ball tamely in to the 'keeper's arms.

Sambrasense managed not a single shot in the first 45 minutes, being happy in their parked bus so to speak.

Defender Calado had a great chance in the opening minutes of the second half, but lashed the ball miles over the bar from 10 yards after good work by goalkeeper Pereira, a quick and long clearance, had opened up the defence.

The crowd had already started to mutter and moan when another fine save denied Oliveira. Imortal were rushing around to little purpose, too much thinking about scoring made spaces at the back with captain Rodrigues had to fill with a rather cynical block which earned him a booking. Sambrasense finally managed a shot just past the hour mark which a rather startled Pereira beat away with his fists.

As the game wore on, more chances came Imortal's way, all were wasted. The old soldier's tricks were brought out in full to break up the game, at one point three visiting players were down with 'cramp'. The ref indicated 8 minutes of added time, nothing Imortal could have done to score it seemed. They could still be playing now without success. Only four goals scored in five recent games highlights the problem.

Their next game is away to Lagoa next Saturday, ko 1500hrs / 3pm.

Match stats

Free kicks conceded : Imortal 17, Sambrasense (SB) 16 nothing dirty it was that kind of niggly game at times.
Offside : Imortal 3, SB 1
Shots on target : Imortal 3, SB 2
Shots off target : Imortal 7, SB 2
Shots blocked : Imortal 1, SB 0
Corners : Imortal 8, SB 3
Yellow cards : Imortal 2, SB 3 including one of the subs for expressing his views about a free kick awarded in front of him.
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For the second time in three weeks, Imortal's away game was switched to ours at 48 hours notice! Fora  semi-professional league where people pay to watch this is becoming a nonsense. Who would think to check on a Thursday that there wasn't a change in fixtures for the coming Saturday? These are not highlighted on the Algarve FA website. So I go home from bowls in blissful ignorance that I could have seen Imortal beat Lagoa 2-1.

We have reached the halfway point of the first phase. Imortal are sixth of twelve, complete table at http://www.afalgarve.pt/index.php/futebol-distrital/sen-1-div

What the recent changes have meant is that Imortal will finish Phase 1 with four consecutive away matches, including the difficult one at Ferreiras.
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