Three wins out of three for impressive young Pupils

Campbeltown Pupils 2009s (under 13s) triumphed in their first competitive 11-a-side match. The players are photographed with sponsor Alistair Glen and coaches Freddy Arkell, Archie Johnston, Neil McSporran and Robbie Judge, back.
Campbeltown Pupils 2009s (under 13s) triumphed in their first competitive 11-a-side match. The players are photographed with sponsor Alistair Glen and coaches Freddy Arkell, Archie Johnston, Neil McSporran and Robbie Judge, back.

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It was three wins out of three for Campbeltown Pupils’ youth teams when they returned to Glasgow and District Youth Football League action last Sunday.

In their first ever competitive 11-a-side match, the Pupils 2009s (under 13s) secured an impressive 11-2 win against Victoria Park FC 2009s at Kintyre Park.

Ten minutes in, the Pupils went 1-0 up after an in-swinging corner by Norris evaded everyone in the crowded box and went in at the back post.

The home team piled on the pressure and went ahead further through goals from Green and Johnston, while Prentice was unlucky to see a well-struck penalty come back off the post.

The defensive unit of Myles, Arkell, Judge, McCallum and team captain Campbell coped well with everything the visitors threw at them, while strikers Green and Prentice were well supported by a centre midfield of Johnston and Graham, and wide midfielders Norris and Purser.

Two further goals, a composed finish from Arkell and a long-range strike from Graham, gave the Pupils a commanding 5-0 lead at half-time.

The 2009s’ full match squad rotated to make valuable contributions, with Kerr, Black, Semple, Cunningham and Scott all coming on to great effect.

The second-half started with a second goal for Green, before a mix-up in the home box resulted in an indirect free kick which was finished by the Victoria Park player, getting the visitors off the mark.

Johnston calmly went round the ‘keeper for his second of the game after a mazy run, followed by a fine header from Graham for his second from a pinpoint Johnston cross.

Johnston completed his hat-trick with a finish at the back post following good work by Judge on the left.

The tenth goal was scored through another composed Johnston finish, his fourth, before Victoria Park scored their second with a fine counter attack.

Ryan Johnston scored four of the Campbeltown Pupils 2009s (under 13s)'s 11 goals.
Ryan Johnston scored four of the Campbeltown Pupils 2009s (under 13s)’s 11 goals.

A brilliant first game result was wrapped up with a well-taken penalty by Norris after he had been fouled in the box.

The young Pupils team thanked referee Neil John MacPhail; Campbeltown Pupils FC, especially Campbell Robertson, for the use of Kintyre Park; and Alistair Glen at A Glen Mechanical Services for sponsoring one of the team’s new strips which was worn on Sunday.

Next week, the first away trip of the season sees the team travel to play Oban Saints.

In their first game for well over a year, the Pupils 2007s (under 15s) travelled to take on Lochgilphead Red Star 2007s.

The Kintyre side started off well, with a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The second half started with a  high tempo from both sides and, for a period, it seemed to be goal-for-goal.

However, thanks to fantastic football and team work, the Pupils ended up on top after the final whistle, winning the match 4-3.

Also on the road, for the first time since February 2020, the Pupils 2005s (under 17s) showed no signs of tiredness after travelling to Argyll Park in Alexandria to take on Clydebank Athletic 2005s.

The Pupils dominated the early part of the game and, after 18 minutes, made it 1-0 following a darting run by Ruaridh Green into the box and his cut-back to Callum Ellis, who made no mistake from seven yards.

Eight minutes later, it was 2-0 with a superb team goal from the back.

Goalkeeper Lorne Paterson’s pass to midfielder Scott Graham was quickly moved down the left to Green who again produced an attacking run in the box before cutting back for Ellis.

For all their early dominance, the Pupils were to pay the price for being complacent; a needless foul on 25 yards out allowed Clydebank Athletic back into the game with a stunning free kick from their midfielder Gough.

Spurred on, Clydebank made it 2-2 with three minutes to go until half-time as Ferguson evaded the Pupils’ defence to tuck away the equaliser.

The first quarter of the second half was an even affair until, ironically, the Pupils looked the more likely to get the winner after being reduced to 10 men.

With seven minutes remaining, Ellis made a terrific run down the right before cutting it back for Finlay Kerr who made no mistake from 14 yards blasting the ball home past the helpless Clydebank keeper.

A terrific 3-2 victory for the young Pupils side will give them confidence ahead of their second game of the season this Sunday as they welcome Finnart 2005s to Campbeltown for the first time.

Kick off is 1pm on the 3G all-weather pitch but this may change so please check the Campbeltown Football Facebook and Twitter pages for confirmed details.