Tale of two halves as Pupils lose out in Paisley

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Glenvale FC 3-2 Campbeltown Pupils FC
West of Scotland FL – Division Four

Campbeltown Pupils suffered late heartbreak last Saturday as they suffered a reverse away result to Paisley outfit Glenvale.

Leading 2-0 at half time, the Pupils played well beneath their top level in the second half and succumbed to a late goal at Ferguslie Sports Centre to lose 3-2.

Travelling with a strong squad of 15, the Pupils looked determined in the first half to take three points back to Kintyre.

Moving the ball with precision and purpose the McFadyens-sponsored Pupils were well on top and made a great start within 10 minutes when Liam Renton’s corner found Ross Souden in the box and the young central defender forced the ball into the net.

The Pupils’ front three of Rhys Casci, Scott Souden and Renton were in full flow, keeping the Glenvale defence facing their own goal and latching on to some well-aimed distribution from goalkeeper Alasdair Ferguson.

The Pupils doubled their lead before half-time when holding midfielder Ellis Robertson broke free of his marker and guided a sublime curling effort into the Glenvale keeper’s top left-hand corner.

What followed in the second half, however, was bitterly disappointing.

After fending off some early pressure from their hosts, the Pupils retreated which only served to embolden Glenvale, and sure enough before the hour, their first goal arrived after an onrushing midfielder drove home a low shot from just inside the penalty box.

The Pupils struggled for a foothold as the second half progressed, their fluidity further
hampered by a hamstring injury on captain Keith Mitchell, who was replaced by returning defender Jamie Burns, and Ross Souden leaving the field with light-headedness, replaced by former Tarbert midfielder Lewis McNaughton.

Midfielder Stuart Crossan also received a nasty kick to the ankle in attempting to block a Glenvale effort, and was replaced by young forward Conner McMurchy.

With only a few minutes remaining, Glenvale scored a third when a through-ball was diverted into the path of a Glenvale winger, who burst forward to score.

On reflection, it was a confusing Jekyll-and-Hyde performance from the Kintyre Park side, with lessons to be learned in maintaining a level of performance for 90 minutes.

Tomorrow (Saturday October 16) the Pupils will travel to Petershill Park, Glasgow, for perhaps the most high-profile competitive match in the club’s history to date, when they take on Premier Division Rossvale FC of Bishopbriggs in the WOSFL’s league cup.

Those who would like to travel to the game to support the Pupils should check @PupilsAFC and @RossvaleJFC on Twitter for postcode details, or see Campbeltown Football on Facebook.