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Oban Saints’ under-14s faced league leaders Celtic Juniors last Sunday in a potential title decider in Oban.
The young Saints started well, with Kyle Cooper getting in a quick goal for Oban which helped steady the team’s nerves. However, Celtic Juniors showed why they are top of the league, playing solid football which soon saw the Saints 4-1 down.
Just before half time, Saints were awarded a penalty, with Ross Mackay stepping up and placing a perfect penalty into the bottom right-hand corner, bringing the score to 4-2.
After a revitalising half-time talk from Colin Campbell and Robert Gemmell, a different team emerged in the second half.
Oban Saints clawed their way back into the match and with a great team performance and some excellent skill from Kyle Cooper the score was all square at 4-4.
Both teams were now fighting tooth and nail for the points and with only seven minutes left Cooper broke the deadlock with an excellent strike to make it 5-4 to Oban.
The Glasgow youngsters were obviously disappointed and let their heads dip a bit, allowing Saints to finish the game with a couple of late goals – the last a fine finish by Andrew Nichol making the final score 7-4 to Oban.
It was a fantastic display by both teams showing why they are both league title contenders.