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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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ooo nice idea with a Fan day!
2014-06-23 18:45#181168 Josh_MU : ooo nice idea with a Fan day!

Something interesting may well just be around the corner ;)

Oriental Seal Title On Fan-Day!



Everything culminated together for Oriental Lisbon on a fine summer's day as they saw off Trofense in a hard fought battle at the Estadio Carlos Salema. The stadium was packed due to the club's fan day and they certainly picked the right day, as a slip up from Moreirense meant that Oriental had mathematically sealed the title.

Things got off to a tricky start for Oriental - as strugglers Trofense mounted a serious fight and showed grit to hit the lead before half time, despite the overwhelming home support. That same atmosphere produced by the fans was enough to spur the team on however, as they quickly began to dominate proceedings.

This domination paid off, as they got back on level terms through young starlet Pedro Monteiro. Rafael Copetti launched a long goal kick up field, which sent Argentine Sergio Liparoti through on goal. The ex-Crotone frontman showed exemplary team work, nudging the ball across goal to Monteiro who only had to tap the ball home.

Monteiro completed his brace only minutes later, too. After Francisco Ramos made a vital interception in midfield the ball was spread out wide to Franchi. He crossed the ball deep into the six yard box, forcing the keeper to palm it away but only as far as Monteiro at the back post, and there was only one outcome after that.

The 17-year old wheeled away in jubilation in front of the bumper crowd. News spread quickly that Moreirense had suffered defeat at the hands of Tondela, meaning the atmosphere was even greater inside the Estadio Carlos Salema.

Finally, after a few nervy moments, the full time whistle was blown and the crowd erupted. Confetti was thrown on to the field and the players were seen in a huddle jumping up and down, throwing manager Vitor Martins in the air.

"Vitor is to thank," said Nigerian Cedric Omoigui. "He is a genius, and is why we are going up today!" Martins was elated by several players and lauded by the backroom staff for turning the minnows into first division material.

Martins credited the club as a whole, saying, "Everyone.. from the kit man to the Director of Football.. has done a job."

The final man to get his say was Oriental golden boy Pedro Monteiro. Snapped up on a free from boyhood club Candal, he said this is why he left for Lisbon. "It's a truly amazing feeling and to play such a key part is... just like a dream!" Monteiro told A Bola. "This is why I joined Oriental - for these moments alone."

With a fair few games to play, Oriental can now afford to give fringe players and youngsters a go, and many at the club say manager Vitor Martins will already be preparing for life in the top flight.

Brilliant stuff Walt, I have to applaud you for your efforts as it's been another great season and you have deservedly won the league.
Once again, well done!
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CONGRATULATIONS WALTER! A great season!
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knew a long time ago.. you bore me ;)
What? I didn't know anything about a title! ;)

All jokes aside, awesome job securing the title. Now you're one step closer to greatness.

pompeyblue Cheers pompey, it was a great season but all focus is on building foundations for next season!

Josh_MU Thanks Josh! :D

Pauker Oh Pauks :))

Feliks :)) thanks mate
Well done Walt!
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2014-06-24 13:39#181306 Griffo : Well done Walt!

Thanks Griffo! :D
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10 yearsEdited

Coming To A Close


Proceedings for Oriental came to a close

Final Four Games


The final four games this month were all easily winnable and gave us a chance to finish the season on a good note and maybe even wrap up a historical title win? The first of the four was a home game versus a struggling Trofense outfit. Another home game, this time versus fallen giants Boavista, was next up, before we travelled to Ac. Viseu and Lieria to finish off our season.

The Results



Fan day was a big occasion for our club and supporters. A record crowd of 1,859 turned up to the Campo Engenheiro Carlos Salema to see our high-flying team go up against a Trofense side labouring to get out of the drop zone.

It was an incredible atmosphere, and the lads were really inspired by it. The fans drove us on after we went behind just near half time. A slip up here wouldn't do, and we put everyone forward to try and get a result. Young gem Pedro Monteiro, of all people, stepped up to the plate.

His two goals in the space of four minutes gave us three points on the day, and those three points was enough to seal the title after Moreirense slipped up!!

Final Score: Oriental 2-1 Trofense


Boavista were the next team to visit the fortress that is the Campo Eng. Carlos Salema at the moment, and in the form we were in we never looked like ending our winning streak. Two good goals and a clean sheet is a great result and now that we've won the title I could also afford to give fringe players some game time.

Pedro Monteiro again impressed and so did our usual performers Cedric Omoigui and Stefano Franchi - the duo both grabbing goals again. Breno and Alessandro Astorino also impressed as we grabbed another win.

Final Score: Oriental 2-0 Boavista


Our two game away trip began at Ac. Viseu, a mid table side leaning towards the lower placings of the league. We got off to a flyer, Sergio Liparoti tucking away an easy goal to give us the lead.

We continued to look dangerous on the break and we were rewarded, Cristiano scoring a comical own goal to give us a 2-0 lead before the break. Ten minutes prior to the second half's beginning, Mamadu Camara scored a goal to put Viseu back in with a shout.

But captain Hugo Grilo made sure of a result, as he nodded home from a corner to give us three more points. It was great to get a win and also give players like Vitor Rodrigues and Lorenzo Finotti some game time, and new signing Breno yet again impressed.

Final Score: Ac. Viseu 1-3 Oriental


A game which had no importance whatsoever, I told the boys to just go out there and relax, have fun and a win would just be a bonus. U.D Lieira, newly promoted from the National Championship, started strong and got a very early goal from Artheuro only two minutes in.

They played the ball around and we sat back, getting a few chances here and there. Half time approached and we still found ourselves behind. I told the boys the pressure was still not on, just give it your best shot.

Our quality showed through a bit because even though the lads didn't really play to their best, we still mustered a draw through the ever-impressive Stefano Franchi, who collected another goal.

Final Score: U.D Lieria 1-1 Oriental

Campeones!



The season is over, and next year we will be a Liga Zon Sagres team!!! We need to make a lot of adjustments over the offseason to accomodate for the jump, because I'm pretty sure the core of this squad probably isn't fit for the level of football in the first division.

That's not to say I'm going to kick them all out, a lot of them have the attributes to make the jump up and we will need a few tweaks here and there, that is all. Hopefully we'll be given a budget to work with, too!

Next Up...
Oriental Player of the Season, and a Season Review! Stay tuned!
Gl in the Liga Zon Zagres :)
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Another very nice write-up and good final results!
As I have said already, congrats on winning the league and let's hope for another great year again next season :D
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Great update Walt! Can't wait for next season!
great work walter, next season should be great!
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