Pupils hit for six in home humbling

John McCallum, pictured earlier this year, scored the Pupils' only goal.
John McCallum, photographed during a previous match, scored the first of the Pupils' two goals on Saturday.

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Campbeltown Pupils 2
Harmony Row 6
WoSFL – Division Four

Campbeltown Pupils endured another chastening afternoon last Saturday after a 6-2 defeat to Govan crack side Harmony Row.

The Pupils were second best in both halves against a slick and organised youth outfit, against whom the home side had earned their first point in the newly-formed Division Four of the West of Scotland Football League back in late July.

Despite being backed by another 150-strong crowd at Kintyre Park, the McFadyens-sponsored Pupils found themselves two goals down in the first 20 minutes, firstly when a low shot from a Harmony Row corner was turned home at the second time of asking, and then when a delightful diagonal ball was met with a cushioned header which went in low via the post.

In fairness, the Pupils rallied midway through the first half and were unlucky not to halve the deficit, Scott Souden’s looping header rebounding off the crossbar and out for a corner.

Disappointingly, from that resulting corner, the Pupils were counter-attacked and Harmony Row’s attacking midfielder produced a sublime chip over Ferguson to put the game almost beyond the Pupils at 0-3.

Into the second half, the first goal, if it arrived, was always going to be so important for the momentum of the game, but unfortunately for the Kintyre Park side it was the visitors who made it 0-4 with around 50 minutes played, with another lob from inside the box, and it was 0-5 soon after when a right-footed effort was curled in from outside the box.

The introduction of Liam Renton at right-back, after several weeks out due to a hamstring injury, gave the Feathers Inn-sponsored Pupils added intensity, and with Johnny McCormick introduced on the right-wing, a decent partnership was forged into the latter stages.

A delivery into the box from Renton found Ross Brown, whose blocked strike found its way into the path of John McCallum, who slotted home with his left foot to make it 1-5, and despite seeming to be in an offside position, the goal was awarded.

A one-two from Renton and McCallum off a throw-in saw the former float an excellent ball inside the Harmony Row right-back, and Scott Souden met the ball first and unleashed a fantastic strike beyond the visitors’ keeper to salvage a little pride for the home side, at 2-5.

The final blow for the Pupils’ unlikely recovery hopes arrived with 10 minutes remaining, when a ball from the right was cut back and after a clever dummy by one striker, the other slotted the ball into the net, calmly and low despite the efforts of Ferguson, making the final score 2-6 in Harmony Row’s favour.

The Pupils would like to thank Studio Twenty Six Tattoo Parlour for sponsoring the match ball.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Pupils are at home to Harthill Royal, who they beat 3-1 in West Lothian in round four of the league fixtures, and will hope to repeat the feat at Kintyre Park; kick off at 2pm.

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