Second half goals by Kieran MacKay and Grant MacPherson handed Bute’s first team a 2-0 defeat to Glenorchy on Saturday in the island club’s first home game of the season.
Heavy rain had prevented any action in Rothesay for the first month of the 2014 campaign, and the winter battering taken by the Meadows was clear for all to see, with an extremely heavy pitch making the 90 minutes hard work for both teams and severely limiting the chances of smooth, free-flowing shinty.
Glenorchy passed up a great chance to take the lead when they missed an early penalty, but after an evenly-matched first 45 minutes it was the visitors who took the lead early in the second half when MacKay made the most of a mis-hit Chris Lawrence clearance to fire past Bute keeper Kevin Queen.
Gordon McMillan missed a fantastic opportunity to level for Bute when he missed the game’s second penalty after James Craig was up-ended inside the D, before MacPherson’s strike put Glenorchy in control.
Bute’s John MacCallum became the third player of the day to miss a penalty when he fired over the crossbar from the spot in the final few minutes, but by then it was too late for a much-changed home side to alter the outcome of the game.
* Bute’s second team lost 6-0 to local rivals Col-Glen in Glendaruel on Saturday; former Bute forward Neil McKirdy scored one of the home side’s goals, with the
others being supplied by Andy MacVicar (two), Hamish MacLean, Stuart MacKellar and Willie MacVicar.