Whitelaw on target as Bute claim Macaulay scalp

DAVID WHITELAW scored the only goal of the game as Bute Shinty Club’s senior team pulled off a major scalp by knocking Premier League Inveraray out of the Macaulay Cup at the first round stage on Saturday.

Whitelaw, back in the team after suspension, struck in 77 minutes to stun the Winterton Park side on their own patch – and to earn Bute some measure of revenge for their 9-0 defeat in the teams’ last Macaulay Cup clash, at the semi-final stage in 2010.

Bute’s second team, however, were unable to match their senior counterparts’ cup success after losing 4-0 at home to local rivals Strachur in atrocious conditions in the first round of the Bullough Cup on Saturday.

Ross MacDonald opened the scoring for the visitors on 25 minutes, converting Andrew Hunt’s cross at the back post, and Angus Campbell doubled Strachur’s lead three minutes later, reacting quickly to fire home the rebound after his first attempt was saved by Bute goalkeeper and captain John Whitelaw.

Steven Bulloch effectively ended the tie as a contest when he smashed home MacDonald’s knock-down seven minutes after half-time, and Rhys Campbell put the icing on Strachur’s cake when he added a fourth goal late on.

Full reports on both games will appear in the next issue of The Buteman, on sale on May 26.