Pupils U17s remain unbeaten after clash with league leaders

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Glasgow Athletic ’05s 2
Campbeltown Pupils ’05s 2
GDYFL – under-17s

Campbeltown Pupils 2005s’ (under-17s) players maintained their unbeaten start to the season with another impressive performance away to league leaders Glasgow Athletic last Sunday.

Playing at Club Glasgow Crownpoint with a midday kick-off, it was the home side that started well, putting pressure on the Pupils’ defence and goal.

The Ardshiel Hotel-sponsored Kintyre side was in fine defensive form with Finlay Kerr, Josh Arkell, Euan Dott and Ryan Harding forming the rear guard, assisted by Lorne Paterson in goal.

For the first 30 minutes, the Pupils were on the back foot but did have their chances on the counter attack from the lively Calum Ellis and Stuart Phillips.

Paterson produced two fine saves from long-distanced efforts and the visitors were relieved to hear the half-time whistle blow with the scoreline 0-0.

A stern but positive discussion at half-time from the Pupils’ management team – focusing on the shape of the midfield of Ruaridh Green, Ryan Shields, Scott Graham and Ciaran Gibson, and the team in general – looked to have worked as the Pupils started the second 45 minutes on the offensive.

The Pupils were unlucky not to take the lead when Dott’s header from a Pupils corner was cleared off the line.

The game was moving at a frantic pace from one end to the other and there were notable last-ditch tackles from Dott and Arkell to preserve the Pupils’ clean sheet.

Shields and Kerr were unlucky not to break the deadlock with efforts on goal as the clock ticked on.

With 25 minutes remaining, the Pupils were awarded a free kick 30 yards out, following a foul on Ellis.

The Pupils number three dusted himself down to step-up and fire a wonderful strike in to the top corner – a spectacular strike and goal at any level.

Within 30 seconds, the jubilation was quickly dampened as Glasgow Athletic took centre, and six passes later, had scored with a goal from Kai Dale.

This was a fantastic spectacle as both sides went toe-to-toe in search of the lead again.

Efforts from Phillips and Gibson went abegging before Ellis picked up the ball on the left-hand side of the box and darted round two Athletic defenders.

He then sent an unstoppable curling shot in to the top corner; another spectacular goal from the young Pupils forward, who continues to lead the goal-scoring statistics for this season – having done so for the last four.

With 10 minutes remaining, Glasgow Athletic made it 2-2 with a fine team goal, involving numerous passes down the left-hand side before a cross ball was met perfectly by the Glasgow team’s number 8, Owen Attis, to draw the game level.

Despite both teams’ efforts, and the introduction of Ethan Parker and Andrew Semple for the visitors, the game finished level at 2-2.

‘It was a fair result in what was an excellent game and a fantastic advert for youth football,’ said Pupils under-17s’ manager David Paterson. ‘The Pupils can be proud to travel to Glasgow and return unbeaten once again.

‘Well done to Glasgow Athletic who are a fantastic young side.

‘In what was a tight encounter, it was a difficult day to make changes to the team, with Scott Oman unused.’

The young keeper is expected to start this Sunday as the Pupils travel to Glasgow for the third time in 15 days as they play Finnart FC.

Details of the game have still to be confirmed but will be posted on the Campbeltown Football Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Pupils under-17s would like to thank Peter McCallum for driving the mini-bus the last two Sundays and for his continued support in what has already been an impressive season from the team.