Pre­cious three points for bat­tling Pupils

Campbeltown Courier - - SPORT -

CAMP­BEL­TOWN Pupils went top of the league last Satur­day with a hard-fought win away to Neil­ston.

Af­ter a patchy run of form see­ing them take only two points from their pre­vi­ous three matches, the McFadyens-spon­sored Pupils named a strong start­ing line up, know­ing a win was vi­tal to main­tain their pro­mo­tion push to­wards the SAFL’s top tier.

They were given the ideal start with less then a minute played, when Scott Souden pounced on a knock­down inside the box from a Pupils head to smash the ball high into the net from just three yards out. Frus­trat­ingly, some por­ous de­fend­ing at the other end saw the hosts equalise with a smart fin­ish from 18 yards out, a pre­cise side-footed ef­fort into the bot­tom right­hand cor­ner of the net beat­ing Pupils’ keeper Craig La­mont.

Harsh-look­ing

Worse could have fol­lowed for the Pupils af­ter La­mont ap­peared to have brought down a Neil­ston for­ward in the box; how­ever no penalty was given and the at­tacker pre­sented with a harsh-look­ing yel­low card for sim­u­la­tion by ref­eree Robert Doolan.

Soon af­ter, the Pupils took the lead for the sec­ond time when a clear­ance from a cor­ner broke to cen­tral de­fender Lee Allen 25 yards out.

The 21-year-old guided a su­perb right­foot ef­fort around the on­rush­ing ruck of play­ers and be­yond the Neil­ston keeper’s grasp, be­fore wheel­ing away in cel­e­bra­tion.

It was the boost the Pupils needed and they looked a calmer out­fit be­fore the half­time in­ter­val.

Mean­while, the hosts’ grass park had been rain-lashed the pre­vi­ous evening and be­came heav­ier as the first half wore on. The Pupils’ man­age­ment was there­fore keen to see the team grab the next goal and see out the match.

With just over an hour gone, the Camp­bel­town side did just that, mak­ing it 3-1 when Ryan Deans set John McCal­lum on his way into the penalty box, and with the hosts’ goal­keeper approaching he squared the ball for younger brother Don­ald McCal­lum to side­foot into an empty net.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, the Pupils were made to sweat dur­ing the fi­nal 20 min­utes af­ter a Neil­ston free-kick was spilled, and a home for­ward pounced to fire the ball into the Pupils’ net.

Guilty

How­ever, the Feath­ers-spon­sored Pupils cre­ated some de­cent chances in the lat­ter stages them­selves - al­beit they were per­haps guilty of some poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the fi­nal third, and ul­ti­mately held on for a valu­able three points.

To­mor­row (Satur­day) the Pupils host Ross­vale, from Bish­op­briggs, in an­other tough league fix­ture. Kick off is at 2pm.

For venue con­fir­ma­tion of Kin­tyre Park or Kin­loch AWP, please visit Camp­bel­town Foot­ball on Face­book or on Twit­ter: @Pupil­sAFC

Camp­bel­town Pupils’ squad v Neil­ston: Craig La­mont, Keith Mitchell, Jamie Burns, Lee Allen, Martin McCal­lum, Gre­gor McFadyen, Gary Gru­moli, Don­ald McCal­lum, Ryan Deans, Scott Souden, John McCal­lum. Subs (both used) An­drew McKel­lar and El­lis Robert­son.

Pupils goal-scorer Scott Souden in ac­tion ear­lier this sea­son. 50_c33pupils06

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