Pupils pay the penalty in home defeat

Stuart Crossan in action for the Pupils last Saturday.
Stuart Crossan, seen here in action earlier this year, made history as the Pupils' first home goal-scorer in the West of Scotland League.

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Campbeltown Pupils 1
St Peter’s FC 3
WoSFL Division Four

Campbeltown Pupils were made to pay a heavy penalty for loose play at both ends of the park as they succumbed to defeat at home to Paisley outfit St Peter’s.

The loss was all the more disappointing given the McFadyens-sponsored Pupils’ roaring start which saw them 1-0 up after eight minutes.

This came thanks to an excellent move down the right involving Sean Grady and Donald McCallum, the latter cutting the ball back for central midfielder Stuart Crossan to make a piece of history and become the Pupils’ first home goal-scorer in the West of Scotland League, with a tidy left-footed finish low inside the St Peter’s keeper’s left-hand post.

Disappointingly, the Pupils conceded an equaliser just when they looked to be in control of the first half, after a rasping right-footed effort from the visitors’ left winger Jay Lunney found the top right-hand corner of the net, after the Pupils failed to clear the ball.

Worse was to follow before half-time when John McCallum upended St Peter’s number nine Macaulay McArthur, having read a through pass from midfield, and the striker’s run, before opting to go to ground and missing the ball.

McArthur stuck away the penalty beyond Pupils’ keeper Alasdair Ferguson.

Into the second half, the Pupils toiled in search of an equaliser, with Rhys Casci, a recent signing from the mothballed Tarbert AFC, playing on the left wing and shooting over from close range after bursting into the box, before Ryan Deans saw his downward header agonisingly cleared off the line.

At 2-1, the visitors were extremely lucky to have 11 players on the park after Ryan Deans was chopped down at high speed by a St Peter’s defender; the referee inexplicably only saw fit to award a yellow card for the offence, committed long after Deans had driven the ball forward.

The coup de grâce for the Pupils came when the Paisley side doubled their lead to make it 3-1, again scoring from the penalty spot after young keeper Ferguson was adjudged to have fouled a St Peter’s player, and McArthur sealed his brace for the afternoon through another penalty conversion.

The Pupils’ attacking energy waned in the final 20 minutes and they were left to rue another home defeat from a position of first-half strength, and with a number of clear-cut chances created.

Getting off the mark in front of another large and supportive home crowd will be of little consolation.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Pupils travel to take on BSC Glasgow, at Springburn Park in the north of the city, a ground the Pupils know already, as it is home to fellow league rivals Finnart FC. Kick off is at 2pm.

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