Youngsters tackle nine-a-side football

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Potential future Ronaldos and Messis from Campbeltown and District Juvenile Football Association are celebrating after giving nine-a-side football a shot.

The 2007s have been trialling the larger team size, playing teams from Oban, Lochgilphead and Fort William through the Oban Primary Development League.

The youngsters, aged under 11, travelled to Oban on Sunday to play two 25-minute games against junior teams from Lochgilphead Red Star and Oban Saints.

A spokesperson said: ‘The transition from seven-a-side to nine-a-side has been challenging but the team seems to be gelling very well together and is becoming comfortable with the format.

‘This is a long-term development but with the commitment and determination of the young team and their coaches they will do well.’

They have a healthy fixture list seeing them into the new year, with teams, so far, from Oban and Lochgilphead scheduled to travel to Campbeltown on Sunday October 28.

The 2007s team which travelled to Oban, pictured with coach Rhys Blair. NO_c40nineaside01