Gusty Rossvale wind-swept Pupils aside

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Campbeltown Pupils 1
Rossvale 2

SAFL Premier Division One

CAMPBELTOWN Pupils were left to rue a wind of change last Saturday when they suffered a disappointing defeat at home to Rossvale.

Played at Kinloch’s all-weather park, the match went ahead amid gusty
conditions, which saw the encounter largely spoiled as a spectacle for the
respectable crowd who had gathered in spite of the cold wintry afternoon.

The McFadyens-sponsored side began with the westerly wind at their backs, creating a number of chances, notably through Gregor McFadyen and Donald McCallum – the former seeing his downward header clutched out of the air by the keeper, the latter having a goa-lbound effort blocked at the edge of the box – before Gary Grumoli gave the home side a slender half-time lead.

The 29-year old, plying his trade in midfield during recent months, drew
upon his goal-scoring instincts to intelligently glance a header beyond the
reach of the Rossvale keeper, meeting Martin McCallum’s in-swinging
delivery from a free-kick on the left flank.

As the conditions worsened, and with some strengthening gusts to play into, there was an ominous feeling about the second half for the hosts, the
conditions creating a nightmare scenario in which to defend against high
balls.

The Pupils were victim to one such punt forward from a free-kick around the hour mark, when the visitors’ number nine glanced a similarly canny finish with his head to beat Robert Coffield in the Pupils’ goal.

With the Pupils toiling without success to regain the lead, another
long ball upfield outfoxed the Pupils defence, leaving a Rossvale striker
to advance on goal and lob Coffield in a beautiful move to make it 2-1.

With the match in its final minutes, Jamie Burns, was shown the red card after he scrapped with a Rossvale player and the Pupils were reduced to ten men.

Soon after referee Peter Laing’s whistle signalled a second defeat of
the season for the home favourites.

After this hugely disappointing result, the Feathers Inn-sponsored Pupils
will look to return to winning ways tomorrow (Saturday) and illustrate
their promotion credentials, travelling to Dunoon – who they defeated 6-2
on the opening day of the season – for another Argyll derby match.

Kick off is 2pm at the Dunoon Stadium.

Campbeltown Pupils’ squad v Rossvale: Robert Coffield, Jamie Burns, Lee
Allen, Keith Mitchell, Martin McCallum, Scott Souden, Ryan Deans, Gary
Grumoli, Gregor McFadyen, Donald McCallum, John McCallum. Subs: Craig Lamont, Rhys Blair, Ellis Robertson, Paul Grumoli (capt), Sary Rahma.

In an aerial game Sary Rahma was head and shoulders above the Rossvale keeper. 25_c44pupils29

Gregor McFadyen. takes to the air. 25_c44pupils19

The ball skated across the Pupils goal from the corner but did not cross the line. 25_c44pupils25

Celebrations after the Pupils only goal. 25_c44pupils14