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Campbeltown Pupils 6
Pupils definitely had the upper hand on a scorching Kintyre Park for the first of some pre-season friendlies.
Campbeltown son, Donald McCallum’s guest appearance, four goals from the semi-pro talents of Sary Rahma and some evergreen Pupils performances battered Blantyre SA’s team.
McCallum, still only 20, fresh from a season on loan and with a medal from Ladbrokes League Two winners Arbroath, proved a great benefit linking the midfield to the strikers.
Ryan McConnachie, in the six yard box, poked a cross in from Keith Mitchell for an early goal and showed that the Pupils meant business before they let Blantyre back in with an equaliser.
Paul Grumoli, into his 30s, still has fine form and buoyed the Pupils, a team spokesperson said that Grumoli’s fitness may come from his roofing work with McKinven and Colville.
In contrast, just before the end, a paunchly looking Grant Grant left the field saying it was definitely his last Pupils appearance but the same spokesman said: ‘Never say never.’
It was also a day for youngsters, Scott Souden always looked comfortable and was in the thick of the action but failed to score.
U15 players warmed up on the sidelines and one, 14-year-old player, even had the chance to take a free kick, from just outside the box, but failed to produce one of his looping winners.
Rahma, who moved to the Wee Toon in the spring, always seemed to be in the right place. The Blantyre keeper never really had a chance when he struck a smart header from a corner to score his second goal.
Rahma player reckoned his third, off the left foot, from just inside the 18-yard box was his best.
In contrast to Rahma’s slight frame, Rhys Blair is all muscle and was determined to show what he could do after a season at Carradale.
Blair’s blunderbuss of a goal punched past the goalie at speed. It amazed ref Archie Mitchell, who had to be on his toes as Blair, known for his firieness, turned on the Blantyre player who had witlessly been trying to hold him back.
In all it was a great start to the Pupils campaign, for next season, but it remains to be seen what can be done without stars such as McCallum.
He is currently on trial at Scottish league one outfit Stranraer and hopes to sign a contract.
Sary Rahma celebrates his fourth goal with Scott Souden. 25_c289pupils02_scottsouden_saryrahma
Ref Archie Mitchell is gobsmacked as Blair heads for goal. 25_c289pupils03
Sary Rahma’s headed goal. 25_c289pupils04_sary’sheader
A partisan crowd enjoyed seeing Campbeltown star Donald McCallum in action. 25_c289pupils01_donald_mcCallum
Pupils spectators enjoyed Saturday’s Kintyre sun. 25_c289pupils05