Shinty: Bute and Kyles to do battle for Mod Cup

Bute's second team last took on Kyles Athletic in May, when the Tighnabruaich men won 1-0 in Rothesay.

Bute's second team last took on Kyles Athletic in May, when the Tighnabruaich men won 1-0 in Rothesay.

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Bute Shinty Club’s second team head for Dunoon this Saturday, October 13, to take on their Kyles Athletic counterparts for the Mod Cup.

The Royal National Mod is taking place in the Argyllshire town for the first time since 2006, although it won’t be the first time the two clubs have contested the trophy - the Bute and Kyles first teams played for the Mod Cup in Largs in 2002, when the Tighnabruaich side won 1-0.

Like that match ten years ago, this Saturday’s encounter will double up as a league game - in this case, the two clubs’ last fixture of the season in Marine Harvest South Division Two, the match originally having been postponed last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch.

The two sides’ last meeting was a league match in Rothesay in May, when Kyles substitute Scott MacDonald scored the only goal of the game to inflict Bute’s first home league defeat of the season.

The Mod Cup was first played for in 1969, and is now contested annually as part of the week-long celebration of Gaelic music and culture.

Traditionally the trophy is contested by the two clubs closest to the town in which the Mod is taking place, although in some cases, when the Mod venue is not in an established shinty-playing area, it provides an opportunity to spread the message of Scotland’s native sport to a new audience; in 2010, for example, when the Mod took place in Wick, Caithness took on Sutherland in the most northerly shinty match ever played.

The current holders of the trophy are Lewis Camanachd, who defeated Uist 2-0 in 2011 when the Mod was held in Stornoway; on the Mod’s last visit to Dunoon, the trophy was contested by Strachur and Col-Glen.

This Saturday’s fixture takes place at Dunoon Stadium with a throw-up time of 1.30pm.