This Sunday afternoon, FC Porto Fidelidade won the Portuguese Cup in roller hockey, after beating Tomar, 5-1, winning the third trophy of the season. After winning the Supercup, earlier in the season, the team led by Guillem Cabestany won the championship, last Saturday, and ended the season with a victory over the Portuguese Cup: the Dragons won every domestic competition, which hadn’t occurred in Portugal since season 2005/06.
This Sunday, in the decisive match, at the Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar, the goals scored by Gonçalo Alves, Hélder Nunes, Reinaldo Garcia, Jorge Silva and Vítor Hugo meant the 16th cup in the history of the blue and whites.
A great start from FC Porto ended up being one of the key moments in the match, as the two goals scored before the five minutes mark gave the tranquillity needed for the Dragons to set their usual style.
The first goal came with Gonçalo Alves, who did his best on the second minute to beat Marco Gaspar. In a sort of longer direct free-hit, the number 77 dribbled the goalkeeper and opened the scoreboard. Two minutes later, the same Gonçalo Alves was tackled by João Lomba, with the opposing number 4 being shown a blue card, and the Dragons winning a free hit. Called to the spot, Hélder Nunes kept his usual efficiency and made it 2-0.
With the Dragons always more dangerous (Jorge Silva and Baliu came close to the 3-0), the score remained the same until halftime, but Tomar showed they were still alive in the first few minutes of the second-half. One of the reasons why they didn’t score was because Carles Grau made their life hard, which helped to a second blue and white tide.
One minute and two more goals: first, Reinaldo Garcia (3-0), in a spectacular move, and then Jorge Silva (4-0), added extra tranquillity when there were still 14 minutes to play.
The best Tomar was able to do was score one, by João Alves, with five minutes to go, but there was still time for another goal from the national champions. Vítor Hugo said goodbye to FC Porto with the last goal of the match (5-1), with 30 seconds to go, confirming another victory for the team led by Cabestany.
FC PORTO FIDELIDADE-SPORTING TOMAR, 5-1
Portuguese Cup, final
June 25, 2016
Pavilhão Municipal de Gondomar
Referees: Rui Torres, José Silva and Pedro Silva
FC PORTO FIDELIDADE: Carles Grau (g.k.), Hélder Nunes (cap.), Reinaldo Garcia, Gonçalo Alves and Rafa
Substitutes: Nélson Filipe (g.k.), Telmo Pinto, Ton Baliu, Vítor Hugo and Jorge Silva
Coach: Guillem Cabestany
SC TOMAR: Marco Gaspar (g.k.), João Lomba, Ivo Silva (cap.), Paulo Passos and Pedro Martins
Substitutes: Nuno Peça (g.k.), David Costa, Hernâni Dinis, João Alves and Tiago Godinho
Coach: Nuno Domingues
At halftime: 2-0
Scorers: Gonçalo Alves (2m), Hélder Nunes (4m), Reinaldo Garcia (35m), Jorge Silva (36m), João Alves (45m) and Vítor Hugo (50m)
Bookings: blue card to João Lomba (8m)