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Campbeltown Pupils 0
SAFL Premier Division One
Campbeltown Pupils’ struggles continued last Saturday after a three-goal defeat to Dunoon.
A dreadful Pupils performance was seized upon by a determined Dunoon side who recorded a first-ever win over their visitors.
The McFadyen-sponsored Pupils had an excellent chance to take the lead within the first 15 minutes when Donald McCallum was sent through on goal but could not direct his effort past the Dunoon keeper.
Dunoon then took the lead when a ball across goal was met at the far post after some passive defending by the Pupils.
Sary Rahma, making a return to the starting line-up, also had a gilt-edged chance to score but failed to convert from close range.
There was further frustration for the Pupils when the visitors doubled their lead in unexpected fashion, goalkeeper Robert Coffield’s attempted pass being intercepted by a Dunoon attacker before being slotted calmly into the net.
For the second half, the Feathers-sponsored Pupils lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, which naturally pushed the team on, especially on the left-hand side where wing back Keith Mitchell probed for openings in the Dunoon defence.
One such foray won a corner, and from this delivery, Gary Grumoli blasted a pass across the face of goal, but Ryan McConnachie narrowly failed to meet the cross and the Pupils were denied a lifeline.
With around 65 minutes played, Dunoon counter-attacked from another spell of Pupils pressure and a left-footed shot from 20 yards out found the bottom left-hand corner of Coffield’s net.
The three-goal deficit proved too much to make up and despite more great chances for the Pupils, through Gary Grumoli, who was later given his marching orders for two bookable offences, and another for Rahma, who fired just over the bar from a promising position, the Pupils were resigned to a second consecutive defeat.
The Pupils have won only one match in their past six matches, far removed from the league-winning, or promotion-clinching form the relatively young squad showed at the beginning of the season.
The Pupils have no fixture tomorrow (Saturday), and the management team will be hoping for a strong turnout at training next week, and a renewed determination to return to winning ways.
Sary Rahma in good aerial form the previous week. 25_c44pupils29