Pupils strike late to take three points on the road

Ryan Deans races towards the ball.
A brace from Ryan Deans, seen here in action last year, secured a win for the Pupils last Saturday.

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BSC Glasgow 2
Campbeltown Pupils 3
WoSFL Division Four

Campbeltown Pupils sealed a much-needed win in the West of Scotland Football League last Saturday after overcoming bottom side BSC Glasgow in a five-goal thriller.

Playing at Springburn Park in the north of Glasgow, the McFadyens-sponsored Pupils played in a controlled manner in the first half and went in at the break with the added bonus of a goal, provided by Lewis McNaughton, the former Tarbert AFC player reacting quickest in the box to power a shot beyond the BSC keeper from 12 yards out.

More good work from the Pupils’ interchanging forward line – Rhys Casci, Scott Souden and Sean Grady – saw the hosts’ defence rattled and when a looping ball into the box settled at the feet of midfielder Ryan Deans, he made no mistake in half-volleying the Pupils into a two-goal lead with a precise strike across the home keeper and into his bottom right-hand corner.

However, old habits crept in and a drop in intensity from the Pupils saw the otherwise beleaguered BSC, who had won 1-0 at Kintyre Park in July in round two of the league fixtures, push in search of a lifeline.

The hosts achieved this with 20 minutes remaining, after a ball from the left wing was blasted into the net from outside the box, through a powerful shot that took a deflection and evaded the clutches of keeper Craig Lamont – who Pupils followers will remember from the SAFL league-winning sides of 2013 and 2014. A popular squad member making his debut ‘between the sticks’ this season in the absence of Alasdair Ferguson.

The hosts then made it 2-2, in the tamest manner from a Pupils perspective, as an out-swinging corner was flicked on and found its way into the net via Pupils defender Lee Allen’s shoulder, trickling into Lamont’s bottom right-hand corner.

The momentum was firmly with BSC Glasgow with only minutes to go, but with young Conner McMurchy introduced in attack, and the continued efforts of Casci and captain Keith Mitchell on the left wing to push the Feathers Inn-sponsored Pupils forward again, the visitors could counter-attack, and won a late, late corner kick from one such foray.

Grady delivered it, and midfielder Deans headed downwards from five yards out beyond the clutches of the hosts’ keeper to seal his brace and win the game for the Pupils

This was a feeling all the sweeter for the visiting players and management after the initial setback of letting a two-goal lead slip.

The Pupils’ first win in five matches sees them move three points clear of opponents BSC Glasgow, who are rooted to the bottom of the table.

After earning a welcome three points, the Pupils continue league action tomorrow (Saturday), hosting Govan under-21 outfit Harmony Row at Kintyre Park, with kick off at 2pm.

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