Shinty: Bute second string outgunned by new league champions

Jason Reid closes down a Lochside Rovers opponent during Saturday's South Division Two encounter at the Meadows.

Jason Reid closes down a Lochside Rovers opponent during Saturday's South Division Two encounter at the Meadows.

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Bute Shinty Club’s second team found the new South Division Two champions Lochside Rovers too hot to handle in the Rothesay sunshine on Saturday as the visitors took maximum points courtesy of a 5-2 victory.

Graham Fisher, like several of his team-mates playing in his second game in a day after turning out for the Bute senior side earlier in the afternoon, gave the home side the lead against the run of play midway through the first half, only for Allan MacDougall to level matters nine minutes before the interval after an uncharacteristic error by Bute keeper John Whitelaw, who otherwise had an excellent game, pulling off several fine saves.

That was the way things stayed until half-time, but Lochside substitute Sean Morgan swept home Gavin Stobbart’s cutback on 54 minutes to put the visitors in front - and just seconds later Morgan extended the advantage with his second, a goal awarded on the say-so of the goal judge, who signalled that the ball had crossed the line despite loud protests from Whitelaw and full-back Robert McKechnie to the contrary.

Fisher’s second of the game pulled Bute right back into contention with quarter of an hour to play, but Lochside proved too tough a nut to crack and Daniel MacKinnon made it 4-2 with three minutes left before Morgan completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the dying seconds.