Bute Shinty Club kept their title hopes alive with an emphatic 7-1 home win over Taynuilt last Saturday.
Goals from James Craig, Robert Walker (3) and Duncan Davidson (3) secured an easy success in the Marine Harvest South Division 1 clash.
Bute manager Ted McDonald said: “It took us until the 20-minute mark to get the first goal.
“Scoring that eased the pressure and we produced a good display of shinty after that.
“There were two 14-year-olds playing for us – Craig McKay and Ryan Craig – and they showed great potential.
“It was very heartening to see young boys coming into the team and blending with the older ones.
“It was a good performance all round.”
Leading 2-0 at half-time, Bute improved still further in the second half to round off a comprehensive victory by six clear goals.
In addition to the seven goals that they did score, Bute had several other efforts which went either narrowly past a post or were well saved by the Taynuilt keeper.
The resounding win means that Bute are second top of the table; they have a game in hand over leaders Lochside Rovers and victory in that outstanding match will draw them level with their title rivals.
“We have four games to play,” Ted added.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time and trying to get as many points as possible.
“If we win all our remaining games and Lochside do the same then the title will be decided on goal difference.”
One negative point from the Taynuilt victory was that Bute ace Adam Stirling had to go off after sustaining a dead leg just 20 minutes into the contest.
But Ted said that Adam would definitely be fit to play in Bute’s next league match, a home game against Glenorchy this Saturday, October 10, throw up 1.30pm.
Due to league reconstruction, only winning the title will categorically ensure Bute’s promotion.