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Campbeltown Pupils 3
SAFL Premier Division One
The McFadyen sponsored Campbeltown Pupils remain undefeated away from home after another high scoring confrontation.
Last weekend’s Glasgow game saw the local favourites come back from two goals down to lead into the final seconds of an absorbing league contest.
In what can be judged as a transition season for the Kintyre club, the team’s new faces once more acquitted themselves very well, and, a draw away from home will be seen as a satisfying result in light of the ongoing learning process.
Nevertheless, the team will be seriously disappointed with the final outcome, and rightly so.
They fought back tenaciously to take command of the match only to see three points reduced to one with seconds remaining on the clock.
There were far more positives about this performance and the mere fact that the team displayed character in abundance to turn its fortunes around speaks volumes.
Two down in 15 minutes, lesser teams would have crumbled, especially away from home in unfamiliar surroundings, but the team battled on and were rewarded when Liam Renton reduced the leeway shortly before half time.
It was a timely intervention, and more was to follow when a Martin McCallum corner kick was slotted home, by Ryan Deans, to bring the scores level early in the second period.
Elation followed when a through ball by Renton split the home defence, and Deans raced clear to complete the comeback with a fine finish past the advancing goalkeeper for his second of the match
So, everything looked set for a crucial victory, but with seconds remaining the home side latched onto an incomplete clearance and scored with the last kick of a seriously competitive match.
The visitor’s determined comeback really deserved better from the match, but in the end a draw was probably the correct result.
The Pupils will break for the festive period, but the club looks forward to the remaining months of a very interesting season.
Ryan Deans in action earlier this season at Kintyre Park. 50_c37pupils03_ryan deans