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Campbeltown Pupils 2
Kings Park 4
SAFL Premier Division One
After a very successful pre-season the home side’s form has recently been in decline.
Injuries and the departure due to work of key players has tested the McFadyen sponsored Campbeltown Pupils to the full.
The club is very much in transition, and while trying to rebuild using young players, it will take time and patience before the fruits of recovery appear.
Although losing on Saturday, the Pupils scored two very good goals, but collective lapses, when not in possession of the ball, gave Kings Park victory as the Pupils slumped to their third home defeat of the season.
A Pupils’ priority is to be tighter up when not in possession of the ball, keeping shape and closing the opposition down. Yes – easier said than done, but success and perfection does not come without effort.
Having been tested on a number of occasions early on, the home side scored first.
A sweeping move saw a cute Ryan McConnachie back-heel into the path of Ryan Deans, the latter curled an exquisite shot into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Hopes were high after this superb goal, but luck deserted the home side when a speculative hit and hope cross deceived the Pupils defence and bounced into the net for a fortuitous equaliser.
Minutes latter it was head in hands time again, as a misdirected shot from the edge of the box spun over the home keeper’s head and into the net.
From one down, Kings Park came from behind to grab the lead as both teams retired at the break.
The next goal would prove crucial and the visitors looked the more likely as they continually built from the back with good possession play.
Ironically, just when the Pupils built up a head of attacking steam, Kings Park quickly broke up-field to deliver another blow to the home side’s ambitions.
A ball on the inside of the fullback split the defence wide open and John Thomson’s parting shot was partially saved by the home keeper, only for the ball to deflect kindly into the striker’s path and allow him to walk the ball over the line.
A free header from a corner put icing on the cake for the jubilant visitors, but they had to withstand a late comeback when Martin McCallum powered into the box to drive the ball home with minutes remaining.
This set up a frenzied last few minutes as the Pupils tried to retrieve the situation, but it proved too little too late as the points eventually made their way back up the road to Glasgow.
Campbeltown Pupils have no game tomorrow, Saturday December 1.
Fraser MacBrayne was in the thick of the action on the right in the first half. 25_c48pupils05
First goalscorer Ryan Deans. 25_c48pupils10
A fine cross from Gary Grumoli just met empty space. 25_c48pupils16
Martin McCallum had a bruising game on the left. 25_c48pupils08