Sporting B made a fine start to 2014 with a 1-0 victory over Beira-Mar with the goal coming from Wallyson Mallmann.
Abel Ferreira was able to restore Michael Pinto in the first eleven with the left-back having recovered from injury problems. He took his place in defence ahead of Hugo Sousa.
Sporting made a strong start to the first half and were given their reward after 26 minutes when Wallyson Mallmann fired past goalkeeper Rui Rêgo.
Beira-Mar had a great chance to equalise before half-time but for the intervention of Mickaël Meira, who once again started ahead of Luís Ribeiro.
The home side had the better of the second half and should have equalised but were unable to find a way through thanks in part to Mickaël Meira and some poor finishing.
The win is now Sporting B’s third in a row and keeps them abreast with FC Porto B in 4th position just 2 points behind Portimonense in 1st.
SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Mauro Riquicho, Rúben Semedo (YC), Nuno Reis, Mica Pinto; Wallyson Mallmann (Scored, 26′) (Luka Stojanović, 79′), Kikas, Filipe Chaby (Fabrice Fokobo, 65′); Ricardo Esgaio, Iuri Medeiros, Carlos Mané
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Tobias Figueiredo, Wilson Manafá, Seejou King, Cristian Ponde