Shinty: Bute seconds battle to Glenorchy win

Neil McKirdy (right), seen in action for Bute's second team in their Sutherland Cup clash with Kinlochshiel in April 2015, opened the scoring for the islanders in their 2-1 win away to their Glenorchy counterparts on July 4.
Neil McKirdy (right), seen in action for Bute's second team in their Sutherland Cup clash with Kinlochshiel in April 2015, opened the scoring for the islanders in their 2-1 win away to their Glenorchy counterparts on July 4.

Bute Shinty Club’s second team overcame “diabolical” conditions to pick up full points on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 win away to their Glenorchy counterparts.

On a pitch at Dalmally’s Mart Park which only just survived heavy overnight rain, Neil McKirdy opened the scoring for the islanders before the hosts’ Gerry Kilmurray was sent off after being shown a second yellow card by referee David Mitchell.

That, though, didn’t deter the home side, who looked on course for a point through Scott MacIntyre’s equaliser before Duncan Davidson snatched the points for Bute with an 89th-minute winner.

“It did take us 15 or 20 minutes to find our feet on what was a diabolical surface,” Bute coach David Kilpatrick said.

“The park didn’t make it easy for us to play our usual game, but you do have to adapt to the conditions and the boys did well to do that.”

* Full report, plus more reaction, in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 9.