Shinty: Bute ‘exceeded expectations’ in title triumph

Ted McDonald offers young Craig Mackay a congratulatory pat on the back after the victory away to Oban Celtic on November 7 which sealed the South Division One title for Bute. Mackay scored twice in the 6-0 win.

Ted McDonald offers young Craig Mackay a congratulatory pat on the back after the victory away to Oban Celtic on November 7 which sealed the South Division One title for Bute. Mackay scored twice in the 6-0 win.

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Bute Shinty Club’s first team manager says his charges exceeded expectations by winning the South Division One championship in his first season at the helm.

Speaking after the 6-0 win away to Oban Celtic on Saturday which secured the title, Ted McDonald said teamwork was the key to the squad’s success following relegation from the sport’s National Division in 2014.

“We were aiming to establish ourselves in the top two or three in the league this season,” McDonald said.

“Getting back respectability was the important thing for us after last season.

“But teamwork has got us there - not just on a Saturday but training twice a week. All the boys want to play, but there’s no moaning if they’re not named in the starting line-up on a Saturday - they all accept that the team as a whole is the important thing.”

On the game itself, in which Bute made certain of the win they needed to seal the title by scoring five goals in the first half, McDonald said: “In the first half we played some of the best shinty I’ve seen us play all season.

“Just like the season as a whole it was a great team effort, and we scored some really good goals out of nothing. It was a first class performance.”

A decision on whether Bute will accept promotion back to the National Division won’t be taken until the club’s AGM in the new year.