Shinty: Home double bill set to close Bute’s league season

Bute won the South Division One title in 2011 with victory over Glasgow Mid Argyll at the Meadows - but this time around it's the Glasgow side who hold all the aces going into the season finale.
Bute won the South Division One title in 2011 with victory over Glasgow Mid Argyll at the Meadows - but this time around it's the Glasgow side who hold all the aces going into the season finale.

There’s a double bill of Rothesay action for local shinty fans this Saturday, September 7, as Bute’s first and second teams both end their 2013 league campaigns on home soil.

First up at the Meadows are Bute’s second team, who conclude their South Division Two campaign against Ballachulish in a game which begins at 12 noon.

The Glencoe team come to Rothesay on a high after winning the Bullough Cup last weekend with a 3-0 defeat of Kyles Athletic in Oban, and still harbour hopes of beating the Tighnabruaich side to the South Division Two title - they’re six points off the top but have three games still to play, while Kyles, who currently lead the table, have played all their matches.

Bute haven’t played a game since August 3, but have steadily improved over the course of the season, their most recent result being a 6-1 thumping of Tayforth which belied the relative lack of experience of several players.

The main event on Saturday, though, takes place at 3pm, when Bute’s first team take on Glasgow Mid Argyll, needing a mathematical miracle to snatch the South Division One crown away from their visitors.

Mid Argyll sit two points clear of Bute at the top of the standings with only Saturday’s title decider to play, but the Peterson Park team have a far superior goal difference, and need only avoid a ten-goal defeat to be sure of winning the league.

Not only that, but Mid Argyll have also conceded only five goals in the course of a remarkable league campaign in which they’ve lost only one game - though Bute can at least take heart from their excellent recent form in front of goal, having found the net 24 times in their last two matches.

The league trophy will be presented after Saturday’s game, though regardless of the destiny of the championship, both teams already know they’ll be playing in the new National Division One in 2014, alongside the third-placed team in this season’s South Division One (Glenorchy), the top three in North Division One (Kilmallie, Beauly and Caberfeidh) and the bottom two from this year’s Premiership (Oban Camanachd and, probably, either Fort William or Kyles Athletic).