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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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Well thanks for all the spam guys, and the edits and everything else. You better watch your backs if this is not revenge - which it is from some people :P

Anyway, this is the 500th reply - I think - thanks for all reading and commenting and yeah :P

Interesting stuff with the all the talk of a takeover, do you think this will be good for the club?
2014-07-03 12:00#182513 Griffo : Interesting stuff with the all the talk of a takeover, do you think this will be good for the club?

Indeed it is Griffo, but in all honesty I have no clue of the impact. I just want more cash!!

Almeida's Analysis: October

We had an easy schedule, we just needed to take advantage of it!

The first two months of our campaign were up and down. There was stuff to work on but also some positives for our side and we looked to get a few more wins in the coming month of October.

October Results

It was a home game for Oriental fans to enjoy as the team took on established Primeira League outfit Paços Ferreira. We didn't enjoy quite the bumper crowd we saw when Moreirense came, and I suppose those 2,000 people were lucky - as the game finished in a dull 0-0 draw. Breno the left back is looking very solid and gave a great performance on the left side of defence. I thought we were organised in defence but just lacking that killer instinct when creating chances.

Final Score: Oriental 0-0 Paços Ferreira

We were drawn against União Madeira in the Taça de Portugal and we got to play the fixture at home, which was an added bonus for the fans. Possession was fairly even and so were the chances, many of ours spurned, however. Italian Enrico Zampa managed to find the back of the net just after the half hour mark which was brilliant. The defence again looked organised and we managed to keep them out until the 79th minute, when Thales scored. Extra time couldn't separate the two sides so it went to a dreaded shootout. Captain Hugo Grilo scored his penalty, as did Francisco Ramos, Iago, Sergio Liparoti, Bruno Carvalho, Breno then Kiki. We converted all 7 of our penalties, whereas Paulinho succumbed to the pressure as his kick missed the target. We ended up edging them 7-6 in a very, very tight affair.

Final Score: Oriental 1-1 U. Madeira (Oriental win on penalties)

For the first time in a long, long time, we managed to sell out the Estadio Carlos Salema, with 8,500 fans pumped for the derby between Oriental Lisbon and giants Sporting. It was a true spectacle, and the match was also selected to play live on television! Unfortunately we couldn't give the viewers a show, as Sporting's class shone through a little. Rodrigo Battaglia scored early on and emmanuel Rivière sealed the deal in the second half. I think we can be proud of our performance and once again the boys looked professional and organised in play, working as a unit and counter attacking well.

Final Score: Oriental 0-2 Sporting

The first leg of our League Cup tie against Varzim was a success as we gained a two goal aggregate lead, and added three away goals, too. The second leg was a chance to seal it and progress to the next round. The reaction from the Sporting loss was great and we played with energy and tempo, threatening on the break multiple times. Our aggregate lead was pushed out to 4-1 when Argentine Liparoti found the breakthrough. We went in to the break with a 2-0 lead on the night and 5-1 on aggregate when you know who added a second to his name. Eight minutes was all it took for Liparoti to seal a glorious hat trick from the penalty spot after half time as he really ran the show. 6-1 aggregate, it was done and dusted. Varzim scored again in the 72nd minute to make it 6-2 overall, but myself and most of the fans merely shrugged it off as a consolation. Jef then scored for Varzim to close the gap to three goals - again, we shrugged it off. Only a matter of seconds later, however, and possession was gifted back to Varzim and Bruno Costa made no mistake, as the aggregate was closer than ever before: 6-4. While pushing forward in search of two goals, we managed to hit them on the break and seal the win with Ramos adding a fourth, thankfully.

Final Score: Oriental 4-3 Varzim

To wrap up October we were to travel down south to the Algarve city of Olhão, home of Olhanense. The team got out on the pitch looking to snatch another vital three points. The manager had got us starting the first 15 minutes of each half really well, and that's what happened again - as China, back from injury, tucked away a goal only 7 minutes in. Prior to that it was a nervy affair. We tend to sit back and soak up pressure, then hit our opposition fast on the break. We've been organised defensively lately but sometimes we lack that final touch.

Final Score: Olhanense 0-1 Oriental

October Table

After an impressive month of football from the team our beloved Oriental have given themselves a 9-point cushion over the relegation places. We had some shaky wins and games where we may have only just got over the line, but a win is a win. If we can keep coming away with wins against sides around our level, whilst pulling off a few upsets, I don't see why we can't keep on improving.

View From The Stands

My mates and I again got the chance to discuss things over after the month. We think the players are playing really well and manager Martins is doing a fantastic job at getting his tactics right and getting the desired results. He seems to have the team organised and playing for him, which is another great sign.

The Months Ahead

The tough one... we face Porto and Benfica as well as Braga, Guimarães and Maritimo, all tough teams. A win versus União Madeira is pivotal as there is the possibility that we won't get any other points this month, unfortunately. The good news is we are set to rake in the TV money, which will do well for the club's finances.

Next Update
League Cup Draw
Good start, now go win the league ;)
Loving the update style, sorry I haven't been around to comment recently. This story is going from strength to strength, hopefully you can win SOTM! *crosses fingers*
A decent month I guess, but as Justice said, now go and win the league.
Justice Bit too soon ;)

Feliks Thanks, and no problem. Haha yeah :P

Josh Yeah, it was a good start to a new division. And as I said, bit too soon :P
Sporting are doing disgracefully :( Do us a favour and wipe out Benfica and Porto next month ;)
2014-07-04 06:34#182582 P-KIDDY : Sporting are doing disgracefully :( Do us a favour and wipe out Benfica and Porto next month ;)

Still early days. Errr, I'll try, more likely just gonna be hoping for a 1-0 loss only :))

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