Pupils win battle of Glasgow Green

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Rosehill Star 1
Campbeltown Pupils 3

SAFL Premier Division One

Campbeltown Pupils were battered and bruised on their travels last Saturday but returned to Kintyre with three precious points as a reward.

Travelling to Glasgow Green Football Centre to play Rosehill Star, the Pupils ran out convincing winners against their lowly league opponents, who have registered only two wins from ten games.

Rosehill’s defence was stretched early on by the pace of Pupils forward Sary Rahma, winning several corners and free kicks in the first half, but the Pupils could not convert these into goals, despite Lee Allen and Gary Grumoli’s close headers.

Scott Souden weaved past Rosehill’s defence and advanced on goal in the 20th minute, but the home defence blocked his effort.

The Pupils took the lead shortly after, when Souden found Liam Renton, who played the ball to John McCallum.

McCallum rounded an oncoming defender before squaring the ball low to Rahma, the striker smashing the ball home from close range.

The McFadyen-sponsored Pupils faced an incline in the second half, and perhaps a Rosehill second wind, but their defence, marshalled by Keith Mitchell and Lee Allen, with Fraser Wylie at left back, was dominant, and, helped by the Pupils’ stand-in goalkeeper, Ellis Robertson, kept Rosehill’s chances to a minimum.

On 65 minutes, the Pupils doubled their lead when Robin Barr’s long throw-in was flicked on at the near post and John McCallum stabbed the ball into the roof of the net from six yards out.

The Pupils piled on the pain with 20 minutes remaining as Rahma met Grumoli’s superb cross from the left flank, shooting low into the right of the goal.

Rahma was unlucky not to secure his hat trick, seeing another effort tipped over the bar.

The Pupils were frustrated when their hosts scored a back-post header from a corner in the closing minutes, but it didn’t prove damaging and the Pupils sealed their second league victory in a row, incredibly their first such run since September.

Punches were thrown during a post-match handshakes brawl, and two Rosehill players, as well as Pupils defender Lee Allen, were shown red cards.

Easter weekend sees the Pupils without a fixture, but the team is expected to have a match next Saturday, April 7.