Bute edged out in inter-island cup clash

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BUTE’S second team went down fighting on Saturday as island rivals Skye progressed to the second round of the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup with a 2-0 win after a hugely entertaining inter-island derby at the Meadows, writes Paul Rodger.

Bute, who entered the game coming off the back of a 10-0 home win the weekend before, were looking to spring a surprise against a youthful and energetic Skye side who lie second in North Division Two after a strong start to the season.

But the visitors enjoyed much the better of the first half, with Will Cowie striking keeper John Whitelaw’s right-hand post in the opening minte and Chris Rose, Cowe and Angie MacPherson all coming close in the first half.

Gordon McMillan and Ali Carmichael had Bute’s best attempts on goal before the break, but the home side were much more impressive after the interval and Duncan Simpson lashed a shot just over the bar before Stuart Murray sliced his effort narrowly wide.

But Skye weathered the storm, and the visitors made the crucial breakthrough in the 78th minute when Chris MacLennan’s shy was met by Rose who fired a high, angled shot into the roof of Bute’s net from the edge of the box.

And the visitors secured their place in the second round, and a tie away to Lochside Rovers or Kingussie, with just four minutes left when Ali Morrison tripped David MacInnes inside the D, and Cowie calmly converted the penalty.

This Saturday, April 7, Bute’s second team return to league duty and a home fixture in Marine Harvest South Division Two against Ballachulish. Throw-up at the Meadows is at 2.30pm