Shinty: Walker brace can’t stave off Bute derby defeat

Bute's John McIntyre puts Fraser Brown of Col-Glen under pressure during Saturday's derby match in Rothesay.
Bute's John McIntyre puts Fraser Brown of Col-Glen under pressure during Saturday's derby match in Rothesay.

RObert Walker’s double strike couldn’t prevent Bute Shinty Club’s second team falling to a 3-2 defeat at home to local rivals Col-Glen in a keenly-contested South Division Two local derby in Rothesay on Saturday.

Brothers Stevie and Stuart Mackellar combined to get the visitors off to the perfect start at the Meadows, with Stevie’s ambitious long-range effort catching out Bute keeper John Whitelaw in only the second minute and Stuart firing a sweetly-struck shot into the top corner eight minutes later after some hesitant Bute defending.

But a two-goal margin at half time would have been harsh on a Bute team who belied their lack of experience in several key positions with a performance full of passion and effort, and Walker duly reduced the deficit four minutes before the break after Col-Glen keeper Ewan Harrison could only parry a shot from a quickly-taken free hit.

Play swung from end to end after the interval, but Stevie Mackellar looked to have given the visitors some measure of comfort when he fired home Jamie Sutton’s cutback 12 minutes from time - and though Walker’s second of the afternoon, two minutes later, set up a grandstand finish, Bute couldn’t quite conjure up the goal which would have given them their first league point of the season.