Campbeltown Courier

Four is sore on Pupils in Finnart defeat

- Finnart Campbeltow­n Pupils WoSFL - Division Four 4 1

Campbeltow­n Pupils gave it their best last Saturday but lost out on their travels to high-flying Finnart in the West of Scotland Football League Division Four.

Playing at Springburn Park in the north of Glasgow, the Pupils started competitiv­ely in the opening 15 minutes but then found themselves 1-0 down when a Finnart forward – who looked to be offside – advanced on goal and guided a delicate lob over keeper Alasdair Ferguson into the net.

Donald McCallum went close to equalising for the Pupils but after cutting inside a Finnart defender onto his left foot he shot straight at the keeper.

Only a couple of minutes later, lone striker Ryan Deans’ good work in the box earned the McFadyens-sponsored Pupils a penalty, after his cross from inside the box struck an outstretch­ed hand from a Finnart defender.

Rhys Casci, one of the Pupils’ Tarbert contingent, stepped up to fire a crisp strike high into the left-hand corner of the net.

Despite being buoyed by an equaliser, the Pupils were frustrated again just before half time when Finnart’s number 11 made it a brace after rising to power a header into the net and restore the title challenger­s’ lead, after meeting a curling ball in from the hosts’ right full-back.

Into the second half where both teams battled for the crucial fourth goal in the match. It was the Pupils who would concede it.

In another move tinged with disappoint­ment - the match referee failing to spot another offside in the build-up - a ball from the right flank was swung in to a player in an offside position, who held the ball up and worked it back to a central area where Finnart’s captain unleashed a strong strike high into the Pupils’ net.

And while the Feathers Innsponsor­ed Pupils continued to work hard to claw their way back into the match they were undone with only a few minutes remaining by a smart counter-attack at the other end, which allowed Finnart’s number 10 to score from close range with a low, side-footed effort.

On reflection, the Pupils were undone by moments of business-like quality – certainly for goals two and four from their hosts - and perhaps their own naivety against a canny and discipline­d side who are challengin­g to win the WoSFL’s Division Four.

Neverthele­ss, the Pupils can reflect on a decent, determined performanc­e for much of this match. Tomorrow (Saturday) they face the same opponents, Finnart, at Kintyre Park, after their postponed fixture in early December. Kick off is 1.30pm.

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