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Campbeltown Pupils AFC  1  v  Scotland National Select  2

Campbeltown Pupils welcomed the national select to Kintyre Park, Campbeltown yesterday (25th July 2009) on a glorious summer's day as part of their 90th anniversary celebrations this year and a healthy crowd were entertained to wonderful spectacle for the amateur game.

Sporting their new look black kit sponsored by local company McFadyen Contractors the local side had their backs to the wall from the start with the national side starting the match in confident mood.  Neil McKay in the Pupils goal was called into action a number of times as Scotland pressurised for the opener.  However, credit to the Pupils who defended well and showed the commitment needed for the season ahead.

Against the run of the play the Campbeltown side opened the scoring with a sucker punch counter attack.  Alan Sinclair, who previously showed he could cause the national side problem outstripped the Scotland defence on the right flank with blistering pace to send in a low cross which was met first by Paul Grumoli who unleashed an unstoppable right footed drive into the corner of the net.

As expected Scotland upped the ante and threw everything at the Pupils but they were denied by determined defending and solid goal keeping by Neil McKay and held out to lead 1-0 at half time against the very cream of amateur football in Scotland.

Unfortunately that lead was lost in the first five minutes of the second half when Scotland equalised from a corner.  The number 4 met the corner unchallenged to bullet the ball past the helpless McKay in the goal.  As the pace of the game died in the heat so did chances with neither side really creating clear cut chances for the next twenty minutes. 

Scotland made it 2-1 with fifteen minutes to go with a close range strike and then thought they had ended the game with a third only for it to be ruled offside.  The game finished 2-1 and the local side can be proud of their performance against a very good national side.  Some of the football from the visitors was a joy to watch with Scotland's number 6 a real stand out with his end to end running and elegant touches in the midfield.  Everyone can be proud of their performances but stand out players for the local side were Neil McKay in goal, Grant Grant in defence and Alan Sinclair who showed incredible pace early in the game.  Paul Grumoli can also relish a fine goal.

Campbeltown Pupils would like to thank they SAFA for sending down the national side to celebrate the club's 90th year in football. A special thanks to secretary Mr Hugh Knapp for all his work and, everyone involved in organising Saturday's game.

Below are some photos from yesterday's game.  Copy right of www.visitkintyre.info

Alan Sinclair goes close.
Pupils Keith Mitchell
Neil McKay pulls off another fine save to deny Scotland
Grant Grant has another fine block in defense.
Campbeltown Pupil's Grant Grant, Darren McGillvary, Shaun Grumoli, Norrie Thomson and Alec McPhess
Scotland's number 6 - star player of the day
Paul Grumoli
Keith Mitchell
Andy Robertson made a guest appearance with ten minutes to go
I did wonder who burst my wee fla's ball.  :-)
Fine men

McGill's warm up.

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