Shinty: Bute enjoy back-to-back home wins

Bute coach Graham Fisher takes on Lisa Norman of Aberdour during the island club's 3-0 win in South Division One at the Meadows on Saturday.
Bute coach Graham Fisher takes on Lisa Norman of Aberdour during the island club's 3-0 win in South Division One at the Meadows on Saturday.

Bute Shinty Club’s first and second teams both chalked up convincing home league wins at the Meadows on Saturday.

Bute’s second team began the day with their biggest victory of the season, a 6-1 defeat of Tayforth.

Neil McKirdy opened the scoring after 20 minutes, and Liam Poole doubled the lead less than a minute later; McKirdy went on to complete a hat-trick before the break, with Ruairaidh Soane also finding the net as Bute reached the interval 5-0 up.

With the points secure, coach David Kilpatrick used the second half as an opportunity to give the younger players in his squad some valuable match experience; Chris McGowan added a sixth for the hosts after the break, while Brendan Duggan was Tayforth’s only scorer.

Bute’s first team, meanwhile, remain on course for the top-three finish which would secure their place in the new National Division One in 2014 after a 3-0 victory over Aberdour.

Robert Walker’s early strike gave Bute the interval advantage, though the hosts would have been out of sight by the break but for some wasteful finshing and a couple of fine saves by Aberdour keeper Tom Bowerman.

The second half followed a similar pattern, though Robert Ferguson did eventually double Bute’s lead after an hour.

But for Bowerman’s fine form and more poor finishing by the hosts’ forward line, Bute’s tally would surely have reached double figures; as it was they had to be content with only one more goal, Ferguson adding his second in the dying moments of the match.