Shinty: Strong start not enough as Bute lose Sutherland Cup tie

Graham Fisher, seen here in action for Bute Shinty Club's second team against Oban Lorn on March 5, scored the islanders' opening goal in their 5-2 defeat away to Boleskine in the Sutherland Cup first round on April 2.

Graham Fisher, seen here in action for Bute Shinty Club's second team against Oban Lorn on March 5, scored the islanders' opening goal in their 5-2 defeat away to Boleskine in the Sutherland Cup first round on April 2.

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Bute Shinty Club’s second team were knocked out of the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup at the first round stage after a 5-2 loss away to Boleskine on Saturday.

Goals by Graham Fisher after ten minutes and Neil McKirdy with half an hour played put Bute on a positive footing, but a much more experienced Boleskine side pulled one back through Jamie Matheson shortly before half time.

And as a youthful Bute side ran out of steam on possibly the biggest shinty field in Scotland, Neil Hope levelled the tie just after the break and Matheson completed his hat-trick, with Dickie MacKenzie also adding his name to the list of home scorers as Boleskine made sure of their place in the second round and a tie against either Caithness or Beauly.

Bute - who had to set off at 5.30am in order to reach Boleskine’s ground in the village of Inverarnie - lined up with several younger players in their ranks, including Andrew McLachlan, Craig Mackay, Ryan Craig, William Boag and Ben Clark.

“All the young boys did exceptionally well,” opening goalscorer Fisher told The Buteman.

“Our defence was outstanding in the first half, and John Beattie did a great marking job on Matheson, who was Boleskine’s danger man, but the two goals we scored were from the only two real attacks we had in the first half.

“Boleskine were a very strong, physical team, and they didn’t have as many younger players in their ranks as we did, and they took heart after levelling the game either side of half time.

“Boleskine deserved the victory, and we wish them well in the next round.”

* Bute’s first team were idle last Saturday after heavy rain left their home ground at the Meadows unplayable and forced the postponement of their Camanachd Cup preliminary round tie at home to Inverness.

* This Saturday, April 9, Bute’s first team make the long journey north to Cannich to play Strathglass in the first round of the Balliemore Cup.

Bute’s second team were due to have hosted Tayforth in South Division Two, but that match was called off on Wednesday and will be rescheduled to a later date, meaning Bute have no fixture this weekend.