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Oriental Lisbon - One Step Closer

The journey of minnows Oriental Lisbon.
Started on 3 May 2014 by Walter
Latest Reply on 17 November 2014 by Feliks
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Wouldn't it be really funny if you were relegated :))
Walter's avatar Group Walter
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Griffo Thanks mate, it would be great!

Nealão Don't even try and edit it Neal, you underestimate my powers >:)

September: Battling On

Oriental looked to make progress in the league this month

September Results

First up, we were given the opportunity to make amends for our close defeat at the hands of Rio Ave. We improved upon our last visit to Vila do Conde, as this time we held on for a quite possibly vital point.

A tricky away trip to Penafiel gave us a challenge to look forward to, and we went down early. I decided a change was needed and threw on Cape Verdean striker Figo in an attempt to rescue a result. Only minutes after being sent on, he managed to tap home Cedric Omoigui's cross to make it 1-1, but we still weren't satisfied. With time running out, we sent everyone forward, and it was Hugo Grilo who got the final touch - putting as 2-1 ahead in the 86th minute.

Our joy was short-lived, as we hosted promotion and title favourites Moreirense. They showed their quality and only just got the win over us. We can take positives, however, and I think if we improve, analyse where we went wrong, we can get a win next time.

(It's not in the picture because of the filters I accidentally set, but...) we then travelled to Tondela for our first Taça de Portugal tie and Gualter Bilro's second half strike was the difference.

It was another second half goal that got us over the line in our next game, another away trip to Feirense. Italian winger Stefano Franchi hit a sweet volley which gave us three important points.

Chaves had done us no favours in our last meeting. They scored a 93rd minute winner to knock us out of the League Cup, but this time - we wouldn't accept that. Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Brazilian midfielder Iago hit a monstrous effort into the back of the net for 1-1. And I guess you could say, we got one back on Chaves, because with time running out, Argnetine frontman Sergio Liparoti managed to hit the winner in stoppage time!

This set up a mouth-watering clash with table toppers SC Farense. Sitting at the top after eight games, we knew it'd be tough to get something out of this game. We sat back, defended, defended and defended. I thought we were coasting to a 0-0 draw, a result I was perfectly happy with. Until... that man again: Sergio Liparoti! In the 94th minute - struck home one of the most important goals he will ever score for the club!

This is what was going on, poor Pauker had to deal with my excitement on a PC...

September League Table

Unfortunately, there seems to be no league table. If I can remember off the top of my head, I think we may have been first - but more likely second or third. It really was an incredible month in terms of drama and we've earned ourselves a tag among the rest of the league for scoring late goals.

The Cup Draw

Câmara Lobos

We've been handed an easy draw in the shape of Câmara Lobos, a lower league club. But, we must not get complacent or take it for granted and we should work hard in order to progress.

Player of the Month

Two game winning goals in added on time, what more could I ask? This boy is really starting to become a top notch goalscorer and the fans are getting more and more pleased. Let's hope it continues, because he could be the key to our promotion push!

Nuff' said really.
Your reaction says a lot, Martins.

A good month and update Walter
Neal's avatar Group Neal
10 yearsEdited
Sergio Liparoti with a couple of MASSIVE late goals for the club toward the end of the month there, deserves to win Player of the Month. Good update and keep up the good form! :D

*Apologies for spelling his name wrong*
Josh Nuff said indeed! :D

Jack It's Walter's reaction, Martins' would've been cool as a cucumber ;)

Nealão His goals were beneficial! Thanks mate :D

Leaving It Late

A Bola:
Oriental Lisbon have shown the rest of the league to never rest on their laurels, as they scored no more than three late winners over the course of September. Late comebacks and winners in matches against Penafiel, Chaves and Farense have proved that Oriental have the grit and fight to win any match.

Manager Vitor Martins credited his side with "outstanding character" after three dramatic late goals gave them three wins which now see the Lisbon outfit flying in and about the promotion places.

In an away trip to Penafiel, Martins' side saw themselves 1-0 down with not long to go. Martins used his last substitution on bringing on experienced poacher Figo for youngster Sergio Liparoti. The chang worked wonders, as Cape Verdean Figo bagged an equaliser moments after coming on.

Oriental didn't let up, and threw everything towards getting a winner. They earned a corner and captain Hugo Grilo stepped up to the plate and gave Oriental an 86th minute winner.

It was Liparoti again who came to the fore, this time with a late winner versus Chaves in what proved to be another memorable fight back. Against Farense Liparoti scored an arugably more important goal, one that topped off league leaders Farense.

Liparoti told the press, "I'm really pleased with our form. We never say die and we always look to get the three points no matter what the time.

"The manager is a person who never wants to win 1-0. It must be two, he wants that blanket of security, so we can't be pegged back."

Martins himself was delighted with his team's fantastic character and never-say-die spirit. "We have collected some vital points here. If you look back, we could drawn or lost those games, but our winners mean we got several extra points, which could decided the title."
You're doing a United ;) #Comebacks
Martins the miracle maker. Well done Vitor :D
Josh That's what I thought, too :)) #Comebacks

Jack Thank you very much :D
It's just forgetting to put overload, m'kay xD?
2014-06-17 01:40#180150 Pauker : It's just forgetting to put overload, m'kay xD?


October: Taking Advantage

Oriental set out to take advantage of an easier month

The Month Ahead

Luckily, we were given a relatively easy month of October and we set out to take advantage of that by collecting maximum points from these five fixtures. It will be tough, however, to go up against my home town club Vitoria Setúbal, who I left to join Oriental.

October Results

All in all, I'm pleased with the month. To begin with, the 3-1 away win over Leixões was a real morale booster. Franchi, Grilo and Omoigui all got on the scoresheet in what was a fantastic result.

Our next match was at home to fellow promoted team Freamunde, who we beat quite comfortably and by the same scoreline as the previous match. These two results give us some much needed goal difference.

Unfortunately we could not extend this winning streak and were held by a poor team in Sp. Covilhã, where we needed a late Feliciano Condesso goal to keep ahead. Despite going ahead so late, it only took our opponents a matter of minutes to get back on level terms.

In the cup (which is again filtered out, my apologies), we faced lower league outfit Câmara Lobos. We used this lucky draw to give game time to the fringe players, and they delivered as we managed to win 2-0. Belgian Alessandro Astorino bagged his first ever goal for the club.

After this we faced promotion favourites Vitoria Setúbal, who are also my hometown club. We went out with our normal approach but they showed their quality, and came away heavy winners by a margin of four goals to one. I wouldn't let the boys get this to their heads, however.

This is because we had a big derby game against rivals Atlético CP,ad we needed all we could get in terms of fitness and morale. It was a tough game, and they pushed us to the limits. Luckily, veteran striker Balack popped up at just the right time to score what proved to be the winner.

October Table

**NOTE: There are actually 22 teams, can't get them all in a screenie**

After our relatively good month we sit atop the Liga Revoluçao table. We only sit one point ahead of Oliveirense but my main concerns are for Moreirense who only narrowly sit below us. Vitoria Setúbal are not to be taken lightly either after their thrashing of us.

The Cup Draw

SC Farense

A much tougher draw in comparison with our recent draw. We only narrowly scraped a result against Farense the last time we clashed, thanks to a very late Sergio Liparoti goal. Can we do it again?

The Month Ahead

November gives us a chance to push on and make that top spot our own. If we thought this month was relatively easy then this is a stroll in the park. We'll again look to take maximum points from our next few encounters, but it's all set up for a 1st vs. 2nd clash at the end of the month against Oliveirense if both teams keep their form up!
Js, it'll be Battling On next update XD

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