Brilliant U14 goalkeeping in tough inaugural match

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GADYFL Division A U14s
Campbeltown Pupils Youth 2005s  0
Hampden BC 2005s 4

The U14 Pupils Youth side played their first ever game in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League (GADYFL) as they welcomed Hampden BC  making their maiden trip to Campbeltown.

When the Dunbartonshire League, in which the 2005s were about to play, collapsed officials were left with a committed team – and parents – to play 11-aside but no fixtures.

After some dogged persuasion, the offer to play their away games and see who came to Campbeltown, the GADYFL committee granted the 2005s access to the league.

As a late application the 2005s have been placed in the top league and will play some of the best boys teams at this age group in the country.

It is all part of the experience and the youngsters’ development combined with the management team and coaches more than believe that the 2005s are capable of competing.

Hampden BC arrived in Campbeltown with a  good reputation and showed no signs of it being their first trip to the Wee Toon.

With only four minutes on the clock the tricky number 11 cut in from the wing to make it 1-0.

Hampden dominated most of the play and it was backs to the wall for the Pupils who found themselves 2-0 after 25 minutes.

An unexpected long throw from the left reached the near post, bringing confusion in the Pupils’ defence and Hampden pounced to smash the ball giving Oman in the goal no chance.

Undeterred, the local side nearly narrowed the difference back to one when Scott Graham found himself in uncharted territory in the opposition box and nearly poked the ball home after a mix up in the Hampden defence.

Michael Campbell in action.

The second half continued much the same as the first with Hampden dominating.

The physical stature of the Glasgow side was apparent against the smaller Kintyre side who had six 2006s in their side.

Hampden rounded off in the second half with another brace.

But for the brilliance of Oman in the goal this could have easily been more as the keeper produced his best performance ever.

The Ardshiel Hotel sponsored side continued to battle away and it was good to see Aiden McGeachy introduced as a sub for the Pupils after recently returning to the club.

Despite the loss there were many positives for the coaching team to take from the fixture.

This weekend the 2005s have a free week due to the school break. On Sunday October 21 they welcome Knightswood to the town.