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Campbeltown Pupils YFC 3
Rossvale Thistle FC 1
GADYFL Division One – 2005s
Campbeltown Pupils’ under 17s sit proudly at the top of Glasgow and District Youth Football League Division One after an excellent 3-1 win at home on Sunday to an impressive Rossvale Thistle.
The Ardshiel Hotel-sponsored Pupils started on the front foot and were unlucky not to take the lead in early exchanges thanks to a number of fine saves by Moore in goal for Rossvale.
With 15 minutes gone, the Pupils got the breakthrough. Fine footwork by Ciaran Gibson saw a great pass through to Stuart Phillips who took a deft first touch before cracking the ball home to make it 1-0.
The industrious centre of midfield pairing of Scott Graham and Ryan Shields, assisted on the left by Ruaridh Green and on the right by Gibson, were showing no signs of playing their first game in seven weeks as they controlled the half for long spells.
With 15 minutes of the half remaining, Graham sent Calum Ellis through with the Pupils’ striker outpacing the Rossvale defence and chipping the keeper to make it 2-0.
Shields was unlucky not to make it 3-0 just before half-time after his fine left-footed strike from the edge of the box, which beat the Rossvale keeper, agonisingly came back off the foot of the post.
The Bishopbriggs side started the second half on the offensive and made it 2-1 in the 52nd minute with a goal from C Jay Breen following fantastic build-up play down the right by Josh McManus.
The visitors started to dominate the game with their number seven Anthony Mitchell in fine form and were unlucky not to equalise on a number of occasions. But a resilient and strong Pupils defence of Finlay Kerr, Josh Arkell, Euan Dott and Ryan Harding, assisted with the confidence of Lorne Paterson in goal stood firm.
Captain Arkell once again led by example and is forming an excellent partnership in the centre of defence with Dott, who has replaced Kyle Paterson who has not played since October 24 with injury.
The introduction of Andrew Semple at left midfield with 30 minutes to go started to stable things as the Pupils dug deep and showed great character as the East Dunbartonshire side pressed for an equaliser.
With 73 minutes on the clock, as Rossvale pressed again, Euan Dott won two strong challenges on his 18-yard line before sending an inch-perfect long through ball to Ellis, the Pupils’ top scorer, who made no mistake with a left-footed finish.
Scott Oman made a welcome return in goal, replacing Paterson, and made a good save from McHugh just after he came on.
The lengthy lay-off showed in the second half but the under 17s saw the result out and should be hugely proudly of themselves for what is a fine result against a very good side.
This Sunday, January 23, the Pupils under 17s travel to Glasgow to face another stern test against Giffnock SC.
Kick-off is 1.15pm at Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG.