NICK LEYDEN - Sunday, October 24, 2010
Tony Taylor came off the bench to tally his third goal of the season and secure a point on the road for Estoril.
After a tame first half, which was controlled by the hosts, Estoril's visit to the Estádio Municipal de Fátima came to life in the second period.
Despite rarely threatening in the opening hour, Os Canarinhos took the lead in the 55th minute when on loan Flamengo striker Paulo Sérgio tucked the ball into the back of Felipe Leão's net.
The Brazilian could have doubled Estoril's lead in the 68th minute when he was in alone on Leão, but the chance went begging.
Fátima's 20-year old Ghanaian Ishmael Yartey evened the score just two minutes later, beginning a frantic five minute scoring spree.
In the 73rd minute, with the score level at one, Estoril swapped Paulo Sérgio for Taylor and the Jacksonville product restored Os Canarinhos' lead 15 seconds later with his first touch of the game.
The Estoril jubilation wouldn't last long, however, as Yartey once again finished past Cléber in the 75th.
Both teams continued to create opportunities for what was an entertaining final quarter of an hour, but neither could find the critical finishing touch as the game ended 2-2.
Afterwards players in both locker rooms likely felt as though they should have taken all three points.
Fellow Americans Bryan Arguez and Greg Garza were not selected for the game day roster, and have yet to enjoy consistent playing time like Taylor, who is the team's second leading score.
The tie drops the promotion hopefuls from Estoril into fourth place.
They will next square-off at home against winless Varzim.