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19 January 2014
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On a perfect January day Campbeltown Pupils Youth FC Under 13s welcomed fellow Argyll side Oban Saints Youth FC to Campbeltown for the first time ever in a competitive youth match. Despite torrential rain over the last week, especially in the last 24 hours, the Dunbartonshire Football Development League fixture was never in any doubt thanks to fantastic 3G Pitch opened in Campbeltown in late 2012.
Within the first five minutes the visitors found themselves 1-0 up when a fine strike from Oban Saints Scott Mossman from all of 25 yards which left Pupils keeper Archie McKellar with no chance as it sailed into the top corner. Despite the early set back the local side grew in confidence as they started to enjoy their fair share of the play and were rewarded in the 16th minute when Ruairidh Wallace raced clear and produced a fine finish much to the delight of the large home support. This gave the local youngsters a huge lift as they took the game to Oban and were unlucky not to take the lead as Wallace, spurred on by his earlier goal, got on the end of a couple of through balls.
To Oban Saints credit, and especially their big centre half, they defended very well as the Pupils pressed. At the other end Oban Saints had their chances too and MacLean was particularly unlucky not to give his side the lead when his shot produced a fine save from McKellar. In an entertaining game the sides finished the half equal at 1-1 with Campbeltown Pupils unlucky not to be leading.
Half time: Campbeltown Pupils YFC 1-1 Oban Saints YFC
The even contest of the first half was soon to change in the second half as the youngsters from the north of Argyll came out of the block fighting. Within five minutes of the restart young Keiran MacLean gave his side a 2-1 lead which was extended to 3-1 shortly after when Mossman poked one home. The Campbeltown Pupils Youth side looked to be in shock as all their efforts in the first half went out the window and a number of players heads went down. Oban capitalised on this and made as MacLean got his second to make it 4-1 before Sol Smith made it 5-1 for Oban Saints.
With twenty minutes to go things weren’t looking good for the Kintyre side but a couple of tactical changes brought them back in to the game and were rewarded when Calum McKillop managed to jab one home from a tight angle following a good shot by Wallace and a brilliant save by the young Oban goal keeper to make it 5-2.
It’s worth noting the contribution of the young Oban number 1 who despite not being the tallest of keepers had some cracking saves during the course of the day – notably from a 1 on 1 with Ross Brown in the second half – and played a tactical high line as last line of defence. With 10 minutes to go the local youngsters pressed for another but it was Oban who made it 6-2 when Oran Bryce turned well in the box and shoot in the low corner.
The tie was now more like the one in the first half and Elliot Gemmill reduced the scoreline to 6-3 when he raced through on goal and finished with a cracking right foot strike that left the Oban Saints keeper with no chance. Final score Campbeltown Pupils Youth FC 3 Oban Saints Youth FC 6 in a game that was a great advert for youth football and for Argyll.
Full time: Campbeltown Pupils YFC 3-6 Oban Saints YFC
The local side can take great confidence from their performance today. Oban Saints are a fine side who will do well in the league this year. The youngsters from Campbeltown are the first side to ever play in a national league after they were accepted into the Dunbartonshire Football Development League this season and this is a huge learning curve for the players, coaches and committee of those involved with football in one of the remotest parts of mainland Britain.
The future is bright for this young side with many of them able to play at Under 13s again next season – 2001 isn’t a large boys year in Campbeltown and with help from the SYFA dispensation was granted to allow the larger number of 2002s to play which is all adding to the whole experience.
Huge credit to Oban Saints YFC for a fine win and best wishes to them and all connected with football in Oban for the remainder of the season. A great day when football was the winner!
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