Pupils U13s’ well-earned draw in game of two halves

Robert Kerr in the Pupils goal made a series of fine saves in the first-half of Sunday's match.
Robert Kerr in the Pupils goal made a series of fine saves in the first-half of Sunday's match.

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Campbeltown Pupils YFC 3
Busby Amateurs 3
GDYFL – U13s (2009s), Div 2

Campbeltown Pupils 2009s (under-13s) battled back from three goals down to earn an exciting draw with Busby Amateurs at home on Sunday.

It was  a classic game of two halves, with Busby starting the game on the front foot, with a strong wind at their backs, and taking the lead after only five minutes.

The visitors soon doubled their lead, with the strong wind assisting a goal directly from a corner, and midway through the half made it three from a loose ball in the penalty box.

Finally adjusting to the wind, the locals began fighting their way back into the match.

Robert Kerr in the Pupils goal made a series of fine saves to keep the score within touching distance.

Just before half-time, the Pupils pulled one back – captain Cohen Campbell drilled a free kick into the box, the ball falling for Ryan Johnston, who calmly finished with a clever lob over the advancing goalkeeper.

Coming out for the second half, the Pupils were back in the game, trying to use the wind to their advantage.

Midway through the half, the Pupils cut the deficit to one when a whipped corner from Kadyn Prentice found Kerr – now playing outfield – to head home at the back post.

The Pupils were well on top, and were finally rewarded with a deserved equaliser with 10 minutes to play, when Johnston’s in-swinging corner flew past the Busby keeper to make the score 3-3.

Neither team could make the decisive breakthrough – Campbell had several fine runs and strikes from distance, and local keeper Alan Myles was called into action as ‘sweeper keeper’ on several occasions, but the score remained level.

This Sunday, the Pupils under-13s travel to play BSC Glasgow (yellows) 2009s.