Shinty: MacDonald leads from the front as Bute battle back

James Craig battles for possession during Bute's 2-2 draw at home to Glenorchy on Saturday.
James Craig battles for possession during Bute's 2-2 draw at home to Glenorchy on Saturday.

Iain MacDonald scored a second half double as Bute Shinty Club’s first team fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Glenorchy on Saturday.

The Argyll side, who played with the wind at their backs in the first 45 minutes, led at the break through goals by Grant McPherson and Keiran McKay - but with the stiff breeze behind them after the interval, Bute dominated the second period and might have snatched full points in the closing stages.

Bute keeper Kevin Queen saved McKay’s effort from the penalty spot with only five minutes on the clock as Glenorchy made the brighter start, but the visitors had by far the better of the first half exchanges and took the lead after half an hour courtesy of McPherson’s fierce drive into the roof of the net.

And McKay’s close range strike two minutes later gave Glenorchy a healthy half time lead - though things might have been different had MacDonald not fired a penalty over keeper Andrew Smith’s crossbar just before the interval.

As it was, the influence of the wind on the game became clear very soon after the restart as Bute pushed forward in search of an equaliser, though it wasn’t until the 69th minute that the home side finally broke through, MacDonald taking advantage of a quickly-taken free hit to drill the ball home.

And ten minutes later MacDonald put Smith under pressure from a long ball forward before rolling home an angled shot to level the match.

MacDonald had two late chances to snatch both points for the hosts, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result from Bute’s first game of the season on their return to Marine Harvest South Division One.

* For a full match report see the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 14.