Shinty: Top ten gets Bute off the mark

BUTE’S second team picked up their first points of the season in style on Saturday with a 10-0 thrashing of Glasgow Mid Argyll at the Meadows in Rothesay.

Though the islanders were forced to take to the field with an under-strength team - coach David Kilpatrick appeared in the starting line-up, and Rothesay Academy pupil John Wilson was the only substitute at the start of the match - it was one-way traffic almost from the first whistle.

Kilpatrick himself opened the scoring in the 17th minute, pouncing on the rebound after GMA keeper David Garden blocked Ali Carmichael’s shot with his feet, and captain Neil McKirdy doubled Bute’s lead ten minutes later before Carmichael himself claimed two goals in 60 seconds to put the hosts 4-0 ahead at the break.

Wilson was given his first taste of adult shinty action when he replaced goalkeeper John Whitelaw at half time, but he had nothing to do as Bute continued to heap pressure on the visitors’ goal.

Gordon McMillan’s daisy cutter made it five ten minutes after the restart, and Tom McMillan claimed his first of the season midway through the second period before McKirdy added his second.

Gordon McMillan took Bute’s tally to eight with his second of the afternoon nine minutes from time, and in the dying seconds Donnie McDermid notched the ninth before Adam Stirling gained his just reward for a fine afternoon’s work by taking the hosts’ total into double figures with almost the last touch of the game.

* Meanwhile, Bute’s first team picked up a potentially valuable point after a goalless draw away to in-form Lovat in the Orion Group Premiership on Saturday.

The Kiltarlity side had won their opening two league matches of the season, including a notable 3-1 victory away to champions Newtonmore on the opening day, but were frustrated by an under-strength Bute side who travelled north with only the minimum 12 players.

* Next Saturday, March 31, both Bute teams are in cup action: the first team travel to Dalmally to take on Glenorchy in the first round of the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup, while the second team play Skye at the Meadows in the first round of the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup.

The Celtic Cup tie gets under way at 2.30pm, while the Sutherland Cup fixture in Rothesay has an earlier-than-usual throw-up time of 12 noon.