Bute’s second team cruised into the second round of the Bullough Cup, at the Meadows on Saturday, with a comfortable 3-0 win over a poor Aberdour side, writes Paul Rodger.
Bute went into the game off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Kyles Athletic last week – however, the away side entered the match having conceded 25 goals in their last three league games.
The game started in lively fashion with Bute immediately going on the offensive. With only two minutes of the game played, a long ball up field from Duncan Simpson was fumbled by Aberdour keeper Craig Callaghan; which resulted in an easy tap in for the on running John McIntyre.
With the Fife side trailing within the opening minutes, Bute continued to pressurise their opponents. On eight minutes, another long searching ball from Simpson was collected by Neil McKirdy who scuffed his shot narrowly wide of Callaghan’s left hand post.
Five minutes later, the hosts almost doubled their advantage when Roddy Middleton, from the left wing, fizzed a ball across goal which drifted just wide. After ten minutes of constant pressing from Bute, the Fife side began to push forward in search of a much needed equaliser.
With just over 15 minutes played, Andrew MacDonald passed to Lewis Nicol who had space and time to shoot but scuffed his opportunity wide of goal.
On 19 minutes Ali Carmichael passed to Callum Hatton who made a good run down the right wing and played the ball to McIntyre – who struck his shot agonisingly wide.
With just over 20 minutes of the first half played, Simpson played the ball up field to McKirdy whose shot was parried out by Callaghan for a corner hit. Just before the half hour mark, Bute doubled their advantage.
Tom MacMillan’s corner was collected by Carmichael who ran into the box and struck a low, powered shot into the bottom right hand corner of Aberdour’s net to put his side in a commanding lead.
Just before half time, good link up play from the home side saw Hatton pass to Simpson who played in substitute Stewart Stirling whose shot from the right wind forced Callaghan to pull off a great save to deny the hosts a third goal.
On the 43rd minute, McKirdy almost put his side 3-0 up after a shot from outside Aberdour’s area was saved by the feet of Callaghan. The second half began much like the first, with Bute pressing from the off. On 53 minutes, the home side all but put the game to bed when an ambitious long range shot from MacMillan beat the stretching Callaghan. On 55 minutes, good passing play from Bute saw the hosts narrowly miss out on adding a fourth goal after McKirdy passed to MacMillan who played the ball to Stirling who scuffed his chance wide of the mark.
A matter of minutes later, Stirling missed another chance to add a fourth after MacMillan played the ball to him and, from close range; he hit his shot high and over Aberdour’s cross-bar. Bute continued their siege of Aberdour’s goal mouth deep into the latter stages of the game.
On the 68th minute, McKirdy’s shot from just outside the box almost found the back of the net after a diving save from Callaghan prevented Bute adding to their goal tally.