Powerful Pupils U17s maintain unbeaten record

Calum Ellis, the 2005s' top goal-scorer, in action on Saturday.
Calum Ellis, the 2005s' top goal-scorer, in action on Saturday.

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Campbeltown Pupils YFC 3
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GDYFL – 2005s (U17s)

Campbeltown Pupils YFC 2005s (under-17s) maintained their unbeaten record in Glasgow and District Youth Football League’s Division One with a gutsy 3-2 win against a BSC Glasgow side who visited Campbeltown on the back of a fine run of form.

In blustery conditions last Saturday, the home side dominated early spells of the game but missed a number of chances to take the lead.

On the 28th minute, Stuart Phillips sent Calum Ellis through and the 2005s’ top goal-scorer made no mistake to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Ellis, Phillips and Kyle Danson all had chances to extend the Pupils’ lead but were denied by a number of fine saves from the BSC goalkeeper.

Lorne Paterson, in the Pupils’ goal, almost made it 2-0 when his huge kick, assisted with the wind, bounced inside the BSC 18-yard box and over the keeper only to go wide of the goal by a yard.

BSC also had good spells of possession in the first half but were met by a strong, resistant Pupils defence and the half ended with the local side leading narrowly.

In difficult conditions, both sides provided an entertaining second half with a number of chances going a-begging before the Ardshiel Hotel-sponsored Pupils made it 2-0.

In the 64th minute, Ryan Shields played an inch-perfect pass through to Ellis who outpaced the BSC defence to blast the ball into the BSC goal.

Within three minutes, it was 2-1 as BSC immediately responded. Following fine play on the left wing, a tantalising low cross was met by Luke O’Donnell with the BSC number 10 making no mistake from close range.

The Pupils restored their two-goal cushion with 14 minutes to go as Ellis made a darting run in from the right-hand side leaving a number of BSC players in his wake before cutting back and crossing the ball which was met by Danson at the back post and the youngster made no mistake from close range.

A nervy final eight minutes ensued, however, as BSC made it 3-2.

BSC right-back Ben Gibson floated an opportune ball into the box to be carried by the strong wind over the advancing Paterson in goal.

Once again, the Kintyre side dug deep and showed real character to see the game out and clinch another vital three points to sit proudly at the top of the league’s Division One.

Campbeltown Pupils under-17s sit proudly at the top of the league's Division One.
Campbeltown Pupils under-17s sit proudly at the top of the league’s Division One.

It was another huge result for the Kintyre boys in which everyone played their part but there were some notable performances, in particular from Scott Graham in centre midfield, Kyle Danson, who made a welcome return to the 2005s, and Kyle Paterson playing at right back.

On Sunday (March 6), the Pupils under-17s travel to Glasgow to play Rutherglen Glencairn with a 2pm kick-off at Toryglen Regional Football Centre.