Abel Ferreira’s Sporting B are now 4 games without a win in the Segunda Liga and drop down to 7th position thanks to 17-year old defender Paulo Henrique’s goal for Santa Clara.
With Mauro Riquicho suspended once again Abel was abel to selected Welder in his place at right-back. Cristian Ponde started up front with Salim Cissé and Betinho both out on loan with Lewis Enoh on the bench.
Although Sporting B were the better side in the game and almost certainly should have grabbed a goal before they were hit by one of Santa Clara’s few efforts on goal in the 50th minute.
Sporting B though, even with the youthful energy of substitutes Daniel Podence and Matheus Pereira couldn’t find a way through the compact Santa Clara defence.
The recent results may now be worrying for Abel Ferreira as they are now 9 points behind top place Portimonense and behind both Benfica B and Porto B. Sporting B host league leaders Portimonense in the next round of fixtures.
SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Welder (Matheus Pereira), Hugo Sousa, Rúben Semedo, Mica Pinto (YC); Wallyson Mallmann, Kikas, Filipe Chaby (Lewis Enoh, 58′); Ricardo Esgaio, Iuri Medeiros, Cristian Ponde (Daniel Podence, 58′)
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Sambinha, João Palhinha, Wilson Manafá