Pupils U17s round off successful season with a win

The Campbeltown Pupils 2005s (under-17s) after Sunday's match. Photograph: Helen Phillips.
The Campbeltown Pupils 2005s (under-17s) after Sunday's match. Photograph: Helen Phillips.

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BSC Glasgow 4
Campbeltown Pupils YFC 5
GDYFL – 2005s/U17s

A last minute winner in their final game of the season ensured there was a happy bus home to Kintyre last Sunday as Campbeltown Pupils 2005s (under-17s) won 5-4 away to BSC Glasgow.

In a thrilling encounter played at Scotstoun in Glasgow, the young Ardshiel Hotel-sponsored side once again showed huge character to secure a memorable three points.

In the ninth minute, Scott Graham played a ball down the left flank that the BSC defender tried to usher out of play but Calum Ellis managed to keep it in and rush in goal before cutting back to Kyle Danson to score.

With the Pupils starting to take control, and Ethan Parker unlucky not to score with a left-footed strike, it was frustrating to find themselves level after 22 minutes when BSC’s centre half was left unmarked from a corner to prod the ball home.

It was unfortunate as the defence of Finlay Kerr, Euan Dott, Ryan Shields and Graham, with Lorne Paterson in goal, were in fine form – especially in their composed play between each other at the back.

With 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Ellis outpaced the BSC defence to slam the ball home and give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

A fine save from Paterson with five minutes left ensured the scoreline remained the same until half-time.

Kyle Danson who scored two goals on Sunday. Photograph: Helen Phillips.
Kyle Danson who scored two goals on Sunday. Photograph: Helen Phillips.

Only three minutes into the second half, the Pupils made it 3-1, when Ellis won the ball in an excellent tackle and scored a wonderful goal from a tight angle.

The Pupils started to dominate, with the midfield of Kyle Paterson, Danson, Ruaridh Green and Andrew Semple controlling the game and Stuart Phillips unlucky not to add to the scoring.

However, the Pupils were made to pay as BSC pulled one back in the 68th minute and stunned the Kintyre side with an equaliser in the 73rd minute.

It was a real end-to-end game and the Pupils made it 4-3 in the 80th minute when Danson scored the goal of the game – as the young midfielder challenged for the ball 25 yards out, it broke and he sent an unstoppable half volley strike that left the BSC keeper with no chance.

Two minutes later, a flowing move from Paterson in goal all the way out through defence into midfield and an overlap by Kerr saw his 18-yard strike cannon off the post and into the BSC keeper’s hands.

With five minutes remaining, BSC made it 4-4, at which point the match could have gone either way but it was the Pupils who secured the win.

A through ball from Kyle Paterson found Ellis, who outpaced the BSC defender and sent a low shot into the goal. It was another hat trick for the Pupils’ number three and his 45th goal for the season.

With two minutes of injury time to play, BSC pushed for an equaliser but the Pupils stood firm and were unlucky not to get another from a Parker effort.

It has been a wonderful season for the Pupils under-17s who secured third place in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League Division One, behind Glasgow Athletic and winners St Patrick’s.

‘Some of the football on display on Sunday was just brilliant,’ said a Pupils spokesperson, ‘and to cap it off with a 5-4 win in our final game of what has been a superb season is just magnificent for the boys.

‘It’s been 12 years since they started at Campbeltown and District Juvenile Football Association and their development has always been the priority and we are now seeing the rewards of that.

‘Our thanks go to Stuart Crossan for coaching the boys this season and Peter McCallum, Steven Dott and Gareth Parker who helped drive the bus to our away games.

‘We’ve travelled to all 13 away league games in the South Kintyre Sports Council mini bus which is an invaluable asset to the community and we’d like to thank Malina McAulay for all the ongoing work that she does in running the mini bus.

‘We have an end-of-season presentation on Friday [June 24] to look forward to and we are still thinking about taking the boys to under-18s. However, there is a lot to ponder in making that decision and, if it turns out that Sunday was the boys’ last competitive game together, then they certainly have finished with a memorable one!’