SPORTING B 5-1 Cova da Piedade

Sporting B returned to winning ways in style with a 5-1 thrashing off Cova da Piedade. A brace from Leonardo Ruiz and goals from Pedro Delgado, Matheus Pereira and Bilel Aouacheria gave Sporting the win.

João de Deus had 2 reinforcements from the first team squad with Ricardo Esgaio and Matheus Pereira both starting to regain their match fitness. Cova da Piedade had a familiar face in their team with Evaldo starting in defence.

It was 21 minutes before Sporting took the lead through Leonardo Ruiz, the Colombian heading in Matheus Pereira’s cross. The Brazilian winger had been the danger for Sporting early on in the game.

Most of the goals came in the second half and it was only a minute after the restart that Ruiz completed his brace. This time it was Mama Baldé with the cross for Ruiz to head in yet again.

However, Cova da Piedade got back in the back when Boubakar Kouyaté fouled Christian Irobiso in the area. André Carvalhas stepped up to put the penalty past Pedro Silva.

This time Sporting B didn’t concede a late equaliser as Pedro Delgado popped up to make it 3-1 in the 66th minute, his first goal for Sporting B.

In the 79th minute Matheus Pereira got a much deserved goal after his excellent display and then just before the end substitute Bilel Aouacheria completed the route.

This was easily Sporting B’s best performance of the season and hopefully they can continue their form against Viseu in their next game to get out of the bottom third of the table.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Boubakar Kouyaté, Ivanildo Fernandes, Pedro Empis; Fábio Martins (Edu Pinheiro, 86′), Ricardo Guima, Pedro Delgado (Scored, 66′) (Bilel Aouacheria, 82′, Scored 90′); Ricardo Esgaio, Matheus Pereira (Scored, 79′), Leonardo Ruiz (Scored 21′, 46′) (Ronaldo Tavares, 71;)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Fidel Escobar, Budag Nasyrov, Jovane Cabral

SPORTING B 2-2 Gil Vicente

Sporting B were denied a much needed win by a last minute Gil Vicente equaliser in Alcochete.

João de Deus’ men have been struggling to get wins in recent weeks but this time the coach had reinforcements. Ricardo Esgaio, Bruno Paulista and Matheus Pereira all started, the 3 first team players in need of first team action.

All 4 goals came in the last 30 minutes of the game. Gil Vicente struck first through defender Ricardo Miranda.

Sporting hit back immediately through substitute Pedro Marques, who was the hero against Real Madrid in the UEFA Youth Cup, scoring just a minute after Miranda’s goal.

It looked like Marques had struck the winner for Sporting when he made it 2-1 in the 80th minute.

However Gil Vicente stole a point in the end with Brazilian midfielder Arthur Rezende beating Pedro Silva to make it 2-2.

Sporting currently sit way down in 20th place but with so many games left and a young team that should only get better there shouldn’t be any reason for Sporting to panic just yet.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Ricardo Esgaio, Fidel Escobar (Bilel Aouacheria, 46′), Boubakar Kouyaté, Ivanildo Fernandes; Bruno Paulista (YC), Ricardo Guima, Pedro Delgado (Jovane Cabral, 77′); Pedro Empis, Matheus Pereira, Ronaldo Tavares (Pedro Marques, 57′, Scored 61′, 80′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Fabrice Fokobo, Budag Nasyrov, Leonardo Ruiz

SPORTING B 1-2 Vizela

Sporting B’s difficult start to the Segunda Liga season continued with a home defeat to Vizela.

It was a dull game in Alcochete that took until the second half to really get going. Bilel Aouacheria had the first chance on goal when he hit the post.

However Vizela took the lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half. Mama Baldé fouled Filipe Augusto. Elízio converted past Pedro Silva to put the visitors in the lead.

Just 5 minutes later and the visitors scored again. This time Mário Mendonça set up Kukula to make it 2-0.

Sporting did manage to pull one goal back but it was too late in the game to make a difference. Substitute Pedro Empis was fouled in the area by Diogo Lamelas. Leonardo Ruiz stepped up and converted the penalty, the Colombian’s first goal for Sporting.

Sporting’s youngsters need to improve over the international break to avoid a possible relegation struggle. Their next game is away to Varzim on the 11th September.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Guilherme Ramos (Edu Pinheiro, 80′), Ivanildo Fernandes, David Sualehe; Ricardo Guima, Fábio Martins; Bilel Aouacheria (Pedro Empis, 70), Elves Baldé; Leonardo Ruiz, Ricardo Almeida (Pedro Marques, 70′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Boubakar Kouyaté, Bruno Paz, Budag Nasyrov

Famalicão 1-1 SPORTING B

Sporting B came from behind to draw 1-1 with Famalicão with Ivanildo Fernandes getting the goal.

João de Deus gave a debut to Colombian forward Leonardo Ruiz. Guilherme Ramos returned to the team after his suspension in the place of Fidel Escobar.

It was the home side who started the better and they got their goal through Diego Medeiros after just 14 minutes gone.

Sporting improved after the goal and got an equaliser in the 67th minute when Ricardo Guima’s shot was saved by Victor Braga. The rebound fell to Ivanildo Fernandes who converted from close range.

Sporting almost had the game one near the end through the 16-year old Elves Baldé but it ended 1-1.

It was an improvement over the last game against Fafe but there is still work to do for João de Deus and Sporting B.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Guilherme Ramos, Ivanildo Fernandes (Scored, 67′), David Sualehe; Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima; Aouacheria Bilel, (YC) Jovane Cabral (Elves Baldé, 63′, YC); Leonardo Ruiz (Fidel Escobar, 85′), Ricardo Almeida (Pedro Marques, 79′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Pedro Empis, Edu Pinheiro, Budag Nasyrov

SPORTING B 2-4 Fafe

Sporting B failed to hold on to their half-time lead to lose 2-4 against Fafe at the Academia Sporting, Ronaldo Tavares and Pedro Marques scored the goals for João de Deus’ side.

Sporting were without the suspended Guilherme Ramos so Ivanildo Fernandes filled in at centre-back alongside Fidel Escobar. Pedro Marques and Bilel Aouacheria also started in the place of Elves Baldé and Ricardo Almeida.

Sporting played their best football in the first half. Ronaldo Tavares got the lead in the 33rd minute after some excellent individual work.

Alan Júnior pulled one back for Fafe but immediately afterwards Pedro Marques but Sporting back in the lead.

The visitors improved after the break and drew level early on in the second-half through Ferrinho.

Then, two goals in as many minutes gave Fafe the win. First through Evandro Brandão and then Leandro Borges.

Late in the game João de Deus handed a debuts to the Azerbaijani midfielder Budag Nasyrov and Jovane Cabral, the 18-year old Cape Verdean forward.

This defeat is a reminder of what a difficult season it could be for João de Deus and his young team.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Fidel Escobar, Ivanildo Fernandes, David Sualehe (Elves Baldé, 72′); Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima (YC), Pedro Empis; Pedro Marques (Scored, 42′) (Jovane Cabral, 61′), Ronaldo Tavares (Scored, 33′), Bilel Aouacheria (Budag Nasyrov, 82′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Bubacar Djaló, Edu Pinheiro, Ricardo Almeida

Sporting da Covilhã 1-2 SPORTING B

Sporting B got their first win after coming from behind against Sporting da Covilhã. The home side led through Agostinho Soares at half-time but a goal from Ricardo Almeida and an own goal from Éder Díez gave Sporting the win.

João de Deus made one change from the team that lost against Portimonense with a debut for 16-year old Elves Baldé in the place of Bilel Aouacheria.

It was a fairly even game from both teams with chances at either end. Ronaldo Tavares and Ricardo Almeida looked dangerous for Sporting going forward.

Pedro Silva, in the Sporting goal, was needed to make some excellent saves. He was eventually beaten by Agostinho Soares just before the break.

Sporting improved in the second-half and eventually equalised through Ricardo Almeida after some good work from Pedro Empis on the left wing. After the goal Almeida was replaced by another debutant, 18-year old Pedro Marques.

The winner came in the 76th minute when Mama Baldé’s shot rebounded off of Spanish forward Éder Díez.

Late on in the game Guilherme Ramos was sent off but Sporting managed to hold on the secure the win.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Fidel Escobar, Guilherme Ramos (YC, RC), David Sualehe; Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima, Ronaldo Tavares, Pedro Empis (Bubacar Djaló); Elves Baldé (Bruno Paz), Ricardo Almeida (Scored, 60′, Pedro Marques)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Diogo Nunes, Ivanildo Fernandes, Edu Pinheiro

SPORTING B 1-2 Portimonense

Sporting B lost on the first weekend of the Segunda Liga season. New signing Bilel Aouacheria gave Sporting the lead from the penalty spot but 2 goals from Pires gave the win to the visitors.

João de Deus played an almost unrecognisable side to the one he had last season. Mama Baldé captained the what was a very young side with goalkeeper Pedro Silva the only other player to have played a significant amount of B team games before.

Sporting opened the scoring after just 18 minutes when Bilel Aouacheri was fouled in the area. The French forward then duly converted from the penalty spot.

In the second half Portimonense fought back and 2 goals from Jorge Pires gave the visitors the win.

This season could prove to be tricky for Sporting B and João de Deus with such a huge overhaul in the squad and with many players out on loan. However this gives a huge opportunity to the youngsters coming through to prove their worth.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Fidel Escobar, Guilherme Ramos, David Sualehe (Bubacar Djaló, 74′); Ronaldo Tavares, Fábio Martins (Edu Pinheiro, 84′), Ricardo Guimarães, Pedro Empis; Ricardo Almeida (Bruno Paz, 69′), Bilel Aouacheri
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Maximiano, Diogo Nunes, Ivanildo Fernandes, Luís Elói

Freamunde 1-2 SPORTING B

The two teams left it late to produce goals as Sporting B travelled to take on Freamunde. Daniel Podence got the first goal in the 87th minute before Matheus Pereira grabbed a second in the second minute of injury time. There was still enough time for Pedrinho to pull one back for Freamunde but Sporting came out on top.

With the long-term injury of Mauro Riquicho, João de Deus gave a debut to 19-year old Ivanildo Fernandes at right-back. With Sambinha defended Fabrice Fokobo dropped into defence and Diogo Salomão also started his first game this season.

Freamunde were the better side in the game for most of the first and second halves. Pedro Silva was required on occasion and Freamunde will also be unhappy with their in ability to finish.

Sporting B, however, persevered and were rewarded just 3 minutes from the end when Daniel Podence sped through the Freamunde defence Rui Nereu.

Just 5 minutes later Matheus Pereira also burst through the Freamunde defence. The Brazilian went round goalkeeper Nereu before calmly finish to guarantee all 3 points.

Freamunde did grab a consolation goal through Pedrinho but it was far too late in the day for them to try and save a point.

This result now puts Sporting B in second place in the Segunda Liga.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Ivanildo Fernandes, Domingos Duarte, Fabrice Fokobo, Seejou King; Ryan Gauld, Rafael Barbosa (YC) (Hadi Sacko, 76′); Matheus Pereira (YC) (Scored, 90+2′), Diogo Salomão (Daniel Podence, 57′, Scored, 87′); Mama Baldé (YC), Cristian Ponde (Zezinho,  68′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Rúben Ribeiro, Fábio Martins, Jorge Silva

SPORTING B 3-1 Leixões

Sporting’s win over Leixões was overshadowed after a terrible injury to Mauro Riquicho could keep the right-back out for the rest of the season.

João de Deus brought in Rúben Ribeiro for the player’s Sporting B debut, slotting in at left back.

Coming off a great win over Oriental last time out Sporting kept up their excellent play.

Indeed, it took just 2 minutes for Sporting to get the lead when Matheus Pereira’s freekick was headed in from close range by Sambinha.

An even better set piece came 7 minutes later when a clever passing move from Sporting found Domingos Duarte able to score from close range.

Diogo Nunes pulled one back for Leixões in a half with goals all scored by central defenders.

Not long after the restart João de Deus brought on Diogo Salomão for Rafael Barbosa. The winger showing excellent attitude to play for the B team despite being unable to find a new club over the summer.

The incident the game will be remembered for came in the 62nd minute when Alemão went in on a tackle on Riquicho. Immediately the players signalled to the physio to deal with the terrible injury that could end the defender’s season.

Sporting tried to seal the game and get a third but the balance in the game shifted after Sambinha saw a straight red card.

Leixões went in search for an equaliser which allowed Sporting to counter and just before the end Cristian Ponde made it 3-1 to secure all 3 points.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mauro Riquicho (Mama Baldé, 65′), Domingos Duarte (Scored, 9′), Sambinha (Scored, 2′) (RC), Rúben Ribeiro; Fabrice Fokobo, Ryan Gauld, Rafael Barbosa (Diogo Salomão, 55′); Daniel Podence (YC) (Hadi Sacko, 73′), Matheus Pereira, Cristian Ponde (Scored, 89′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Ivanildo Fernandes, Seejou King, Zezinho

Oriental 0-4 SPORTING B

Sporting B picked up a fantastic away win against Oriental, 4-0 with goals coming from Matheus Pereira, Francisco Geraldes, Ryan Gauld and Zezinho.

João de Deus gave a professional debut to young attacker Rafael Barbosa.

Matheus Pereira opened the scoring with 6 six minutes gone, beating former Sporting B goalkeeper Rafael Veloso.

Sporting had plenty more chances, with some excellent attacking play but got the second goal when Pereira combined well with Seejou King down the left hand side after 40 minutes. King’s low cross found Francisco Geraldes who left Veloso with no chance.

10 minutes after the restart Ryan Gauld’s well-placed shot made it 3-0.

Oriental started to make some chances after that with Pedro Silva required to make a good double save to keep his clean sheet.

Zezinho grabbed the fourth after he won the ball in midfield. He gave it to Matheus who ran at the Oriental defence but with Matheus couldn’t find a way through the ball bounced back to Zezinho who finished off the scoring.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mauro Riquicho, Domingos Duarte, Sambinha, Seejou King; Fabrice Fokobo, Francisco Geraldes (Scored, 40′) (Zezinho, 46′, Scored, 85′), Ryan Gauld (Scored, 56′); Rafael Barbosa (Daniel Podence, 51′), Matheus Pereira (Scored, 6′) (YC), Cristian Ponde (Hadi Sacko, 73′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Ivanildo Fernandes, Rúben Ribeiro, Mama Baldé