Season One Review
The season ended in delight for our club and fans. The race for promotion was a tight, nervy and in the end amazing affair and one that fans all across Portugal will never forget.
For us, here at Oriental, it was a season to remember. We started the season well and went on to win 15 games in a row, including a dominant 4-0 win over Leixões SC
in the Taça de Portugal.
Our run ended with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sintrense
, but we managed to keep our lead and finish 17 points clear of Casa Pia in the National Championship - G standings. It was on to the Promotion Stage and yet again we didn't fall to even one defeat, grinding out tough games and securing promotion to the Liga Revoluçao without having to go through the play-offs.
There was one play-off we had to play and that was against Freamunde
. We triumphed on penalties, 12-11 the score in the shootout, and were crowned champions of the whole
It was a great preseason for us, considering the mixture of ability between each of our opponents. We ke[pt two clean sheets, pretty much three except Ricardo Pessoa scored a 93rd minute free kick winner for Portimonense
in our friendly against them. We scored some wonderful goals during our friendlies, Sergio Mendonça
's the pick of the bunch versus Juve Reserves
National Championship - G
We clearly dominated the league this season. Only Sintrense
managed to beat us as I said before and we really were disappointing in that game. We started the league in goal scoring form with 11 goals in three games but we were scraping wins in patches, with a lot of 1-0 wins.
I think this was the best period of the season, particulary because we were up against much stronger opposition. To get the draws when we did was absolutely pivotal and then to win against the teams lower than us also helped a lot (that sounds a bit dumb, I know). And to win the final was a brilliant effort from the boys, too!
Taça de Portugal
The run we went on in the Taça de Portugal really helped us on our way in the league. The momentum it offered was great and after that demolishing win over Leixões
, it fuelled our run even further. To get as far as we did was truly astonishing - and only conceding two goals to a relatively strong SL Benfica
side is a challenge completed in my eyes, too! What the run also offered was a boost to the finances. By passing every round, we'd get a little cash injection and the extra gate receipts were a boost, too.
narrowly edged out the team that ended our cup run in the Primeira Liga. It was a close fought battle between those two only but Paulo Fonseca's side reigned supreme and took home yet another title, as Porto's success continues.
Our parent club CD Aves
managed to walk the league, finishing eleven points ahead of second placed Moreirense
. Other clubs that were attemtping to go back up missed out. Undoubtedly this is one of the toughest competitions in the country and if we are going to survive some serious planning and preparation is going to have to go in to this.
The League Cup
won their fourth trophy of the season in the shape of the League Cup - a cup competition exclusive to teams from the first and second divisions. A 2-0 win in the final over Sporting CP
meant that Fonseca's side added this cup to their 2013-14 collection - after the Supertaça, Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal.
The World Cup
Unforunately I did not screenshot the groups of the results because, well quite frankly I was enjoying my own game too much! I do, however, know the winners of the competition and it will please quite a lot of you!
The Three Lions had a rampant tournament and Roy Hodgson was hailed as a miracle maker, some even calling for the man himself to be knighted after bringing the Jules Rimet Trophy back to the modern home of football.
In other news Portugal had an astonishingly bad tournament, but I will fill you in on that in later updates!
Okay guys, that concludes the Season Review. As I notified you earlier about, I actually already posted an earlier version of this update but in incredibly low details and, in all fairness, it had a big lack of effort on my part. I now know if the update isn't ready - don't post it. I hope you enjoyed this better version of the update and you will continue to give great support for this story like you have over the first season! Forca Oriental!