Pupils exit cup to junior giants Pollok

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Campbeltown Pupils were defeated but certainly not disgraced last Saturday as they bowed out of the Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland FL Cup to semi-professional powerhouses Pollok FC.

Playing at Newlands field in the southside of Glasgow and backed by a strong travelling support from Kintyre – in the region of 80 fans – the McFadyens-sponsored side savoured the chance to take on one of the top teams in their new league set-up.

Unfortunately, the visitors got off to the worst possible start when Adam Forde drove into the Pupils’ box and rasped a low left-footed shot across Alasdair Ferguson to make it 1-0 to Pollok within two minutes.

There was a decent chance for an equaliser minutes later when Rhys Casci cut inside from the right wing and hit a trademark left-footed shot which Pollok keeper Josh Lumsden could only parry.

Pollok doubled their lead when a ball was cut back off of a rebound and prodded into the roof of the Pupils’ net.

Forde then doubled his tally and made it 3-0 to Pollok after meeting a low cross and slotting home a calm finish.

The home side then made it 4-0 from the penalty spot, Ferguson diving the right way but unable to keep out the low spot-kick.

Scott Souden, playing in the energy-sapping line striker’s role, had a chance for the Pupils after an errant defensive clearance by Pollok but his first-time lobbed effort went wide of the target.

Trudging back to the changing rooms to the sound of ‘Mull of Kintyre’ over the PA system, the Feathers Inn-sponsored Pupils re-emerged for the second half in determined mood, backed on from the main stand by a Pupils support in fine voice.

That encouragement may well have given Jamie Burns the extra yard he needed to appear from nowhere and deny Pollok’s young right back Matty Grant the perfect ending to an amazing team move.

Goal number five arrived soon after when a Pollok substitute rose highest to power a header past Ferguson despite him getting a hand to the ball.

Pollok made it 6-0 on 73 minutes when a midfielder despatched a crisp low shot into the right of the Pupils’ goal from the right-hand side of the edge of the box.

The Pupils battled on and two red cards for the hosts in the closing minutes gave them some added impetus for the remainder of the match but despite a fantastic 30-yard effort from Ryan Deans which rattled off the right hand-post the scoreline remained at 6-0 to the hosts.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Pupils are on the road again when they finish their calendar year fixtures with a league match away to Harthill Royal FC, in West Lothian. Kick off is 1.30pm at Gibshill Park, Harthill.