BUTE’S winless Premiership run was extended to a sixth game by a 2-0 defeat at home to Kingussie on Saturday - though more damage may be done in the long run to the islanders’ league campaign by the late red cards shown to Kevin Queen and James Craig.
Martin Dallas gave Kingussie the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute with a low drive from a Fraser Munro pass, but Bute were unable to make the most of the chances they created at the other end - and the hosts’ chances looked bleak when referee Billy Wotherspoon gave Kingussie a penalty in the 73rd minute, only for keeper Queen to block James Hutchison’s effort with his foot.
Five minutes later, though, Barrie Dallas fired home the visitors’ second goal to all but secure the points, despite furious claims from several Bute players that a foul had been committed in the build-up.
So angry was Queen at the goal being allowed that he was shown a straight red card by Wotherspoon for foul and abusive language - and Bute’s frustration with the man in black was compounded with a minute left when Craig fouled Lewis Munro and was also shown a straight red card, the Kingussie man receiving only a yellow card for his retaliation to the original challenge.
A bad day for Bute shinty was completed when goals from Steven Thomson, Calum Campbell and Derry Barton gave Tayforth a 3-1 win over Bute’s second team in Marine Harvest South Division Two; Ali Carmichael was the man on target for the island team in the Musselburgh clash.
There’s a double bill of shinty in Rothesay next Saturday, April 21; Bute’s second team host Inveraray in South Division Two at 12 noon, with the club’s first team taking on Oban Camanachd in the quarter-finals of the AJG Parcels Celtic Society Cup at 3pm.