Campsie Minerva v Colville Park

6.45pm  26 May 2014

Central Scottish Amateur League, Premier Division
Campsie Minerva 3 Colville Park 2 (att 37)

Following Saturday's game at Lochgilphead, and Sunday's cancellation at Tarbert, we broke the long journey home from Campbeltown with a detour to Lennoxtown, north of Glasgow in the shadow of the imposing Campsie Fells.

The fells also lend their name to the local football team, while providing a spectacular backdrop to their High Park ground. The ground itself is little more than a public park, with a couple of pitches, both on the small side, car parking and a modern changing block.

By all accounts the Central Scottish Amateur League is among the strongest amateur competitions in Scotland, and I was impressed by the standard of football, that was at least as good as many Scottish Junior games I've seen.

Campsie took an early lead, but Colville Park didn't take long to equalise. The visitors looked the better side, and it was no surprise when they went ahead in the second half. It was more of a surprise with Campsie made it 2-2.

The home side's stoppage time winner was even more unlikely, coming just seconds after a Colville narrowly failed to score in a goalmouth scramble. As the ball broke free Campsie broke forward and scored, despite vociferous claims from the visitors that the scorer had been offside.

The final whistle blew just after the restart, and while it may have ended the game it didn't end Colville Park's complaints about the goal. Thankfully though, it did allow me to return to my car and get respite from troublesome midges.








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