Sporting B returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Portimonense to bring them back up to 6th place in the Segunda Liga. Ricardo Esgaio, Filipe Chaby and Iuri Medeiros all getting goals for Abel Ferreira’s side.
The B team manager had a few first team players to chose from with Gérson Magrão and Iván Piris both starting to regain match fitness.
It took 12 minutes for Sporting to take the lead when good play from Filipe Chaby and Ricardo Esgaio saw the prolific winger grab his 11th goal of the season.
Lewis Enoh’s turbulent to his Sporting career continued as he was again at fault for conceding a penalty, this time with a push on Vítor Moreno. Ricardo Pessoa stepped up to level the scoring from the penalty spot in the 24th minute.
There is concern for Abel and the staff as minutes later Mica Pinto was forced off injured resulting in Sambinha coming on in his place with Hugo Sousa filling in at left-back.
Portimonense took the lead just before half-time when Portimonense midfielder Mica Silva with a long range strike to beat Mickaël Meira.
It looked like the visitors would go into half-time in the lead but Iván Piris found Filipe Chaby who made it 2-2 before the break.
Sporting came out quickly in the second half and Iuri Medeiros scored a beautiful goal to put Sporting ahead.
After that the home team were more comfortable until a few Portimonense changes put Lázaro Oliveira’s side on the front foot.
To help keep things tight defensively in the dying stages of the game Abel handed a debut to 18-year old midfielder João Palhinha as he came on for a substitute for Iuri Medeiros.
Sporting held out for what was a great result against strong opponents. Sporting B will next travel to face Aves next week.
SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Iván Piris, Rúben Semedo, Hugo Sousa, Mica Pinto (Sambinha, 28′); Wallyson Mallmann, Gérson Magrão, Filipe Chaby (Daniel Podence, 73′); Ricardo Esgaio, Iuri Medeiros (João Palhinha, 85′), Lewis Enoh
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Kikas, Matheus Pereira, Cristian Ponde