Shinty: Bute face Inverness at home

Bute Shinty Club's first team took on Inverness at home on Saturday, September3. (Photo by Dave Swan)
Bute Shinty Club's first team took on Inverness at home on Saturday, September3. (Photo by Dave Swan)

Bute completed their home programme on Saturday by welcoming fellow basement battlers Inverness to the Meadows, with the home side buoyed by their last few performances.

Bute were almost at full strength with Adam Stirling still recovering from a finger injury and Gordon McMillan celebrating the birth of his daughter.

Both teams were targeting an elusive win with Inverness hoping to leapfrog the islanders into 6 th place and Bute hoping to consolidate their league position.

On a heavy pitch both teams saw lots of the ball, with play flowing from one side to the other but with chances very thin on the ground. When Bute moved the ball wide at speed they looked like causing the Inverness backline problems. Ben Clarke, Franco Devlin and Craig McKay were moving the Inverness defence around creating space for Duncan Davidson at full forward.

Bute had to bring on James Craig in place of Clarke after the youngster was caught with a blatant late swing which went unpunished by the referee.

The Bute defence of Iain McDonald, Arran Dunn, Ryan Craig and Donnie McDermid were coping well with the slow build up play from the Inverness forward line and clearing their lines with aplomb. On the stroke of half time Bute lost influential defender McDonald to a knee injury meaning a reshuffle with John MacCallum dropping into defence and Craig McKay moving to the wing.

McKay, Leighton Reid and Arron McKirdy in the centre-line moved more and more into the game the longer the match went, on establishing the platform a lot of the Bute attacks were formed on.

The second half was evenly matched throughout and the game looked destined for a score draw when the Inverness full forward held the ball up and turned to strike a shot that only just evaded McDermid’s leg and managed to sneak inside the right hand post past the despair clutches of Paddy Queen.

Inverness looked to shut up shop for the remaining 12 minutes but barely 2 minutes after going behind Bute fashioned an equaliser. McKay’s corner from the left was plucked out of the sky by James Craig and bundled over the line to give Bute the riposte they were looking for.

The game finished with both teams pressing for a winner but no real chances were created and both teams were left with a point a piece.

This means that Bute will definitely finish above Inverness and are away to Glasgow Mid Argyll next Saturday in the main sporting event in the city that day.