Pipped to the post for junior shinty teams

Bute P7s. From back, left: Jack MacKirdy, Marcus Planck, Calum McMillan, Leon McMillan. Front, left: Robert McAlister, Gordon Currie, Aiden MaGregor.
Bute P7s. From back, left: Jack MacKirdy, Marcus Planck, Calum McMillan, Leon McMillan. Front, left: Robert McAlister, Gordon Currie, Aiden MaGregor.

Bute’s young shinty players did themselves proud at the weekend, participating in the fiercely contested primary school shinty finals in Fort William.

Both the P5 and P7 teams did themselves, and the club , proud and were just pipped at the finish.

Bute’s P7 were beaten by Portree in the final, whilst the P5s went out in the semi final to a golden goal in the last minute of extra time.

The P7s came second in their league winning, winning against Plockton (2-1), Kilmory (4-0), Strathkelvin (3-1), Inverlochy (4-1). and Tarradale (2-1).

With the only loss to Portree (3-1), this put the P7s second in their league leaving a game against the much-fancied Glasgow Gaels who had won all their league matches.

This was quite a physical affair, but the Bute boys raised their game and went on to win their semi-final by 4-1.

With only a short rest period it was back on to face Portree, again in the final. It wasn’t to be, however, with the P7s going down 4-2.

The boys can be proud of their day’s shinty, with all playing their part.

Bute P5s went through in their league, also in second place, winning against Dingwall (4-1), Ballachulish (3-0), Alvie (4-1), and Balnain (3-0).

The P7s drew against Glasgow Gaels (1-1) and lost 2-0 to MacDiarmid

Bute played Inverlochy in their semi-final. With the score level at 1-1 at full time and into the ‘golden goal’, the Bute boys unfortunately lost a goal in the last minute of extra time to go out.

Both teams played extremely well throughout the tournament and are a credit to themselves and the club.

Special mention goes to Colin Lockhart at Ardbeg Mini mart for his continued support and sponsorship.