Winning start for young Saints

Oban Saints Under 15s in action at the Oban Community 3G pitch.

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Oban Saints Under 15s were back in competitive action last Sunday, taking on Milton Rovers in the Glasgow and District YFL Divisional Cup group match at the Oban Community 3g pitch.

The young Saints started the game well with defender Logan Black putting a headed chance over the bar in the opening exchanges.

Not long after Logan’s effort, the home team scored when midfielder Ewen Campbell hit a long range shot off the underside of the crossbar and into the net from 25 yards.

Four minutes later Saints doubled their lead, Preston MacIntyre and Aidan MacDonald working a quick free kick down the right hand side with Aidan’s cross turned in past the Milton goalkeeper by Logan Black.

Despite limiting Milton to very few chances, Saints had goalkeeper Josh Lane to thank for a stunning save on 20 minutes, diving low to his left to keep out a well-struck shot from just outside the box.

Into the second half and within a minute Ewen Campbell made it 3-0 with his second of the match, scoring from close range after the Milton goalkeeper could only push out a shot from Zander Craik.

With the home side now seemingly cruising, a crazy six-minute spell saw two defensive errors punished by the Milton forwards to bring the Carluke-based side back into the game at 3-2.

The Saints boys showed good character to take back control of the game though and on 63 minutes Zander Craik made it 4-2 with a well taken goal, before getting his second of the game on 72 minutes to regain the three goal cushion at 5-2.

Just as the match was winding down, Saints captain Preston MacIntyre picked up a second yellow card for a handball and was sent off by match official Martin Rae, who handled the match well throughout.

This weekend the under 15s are at home again in the Divisional Cup to Possil-based side Westercommon Star and will be looking to record back to back home wins to keep them in with a chance of qualifying for the later stages of the competition.