Bute Shinty Club’s first team paid a heavy price for a shaky start as an impressive Glasgow Mid Argyll side eased to victory in Rothesay on Saturday.
The island side had been hoping to build on the previous week’s impressive goalless draw in their opening National Division fixture away to Inveraray, but instead were caught cold three times in the first ten minutes as Euan Forsyth, Calum McLay and Craig Anderson all found the net to put the visitors in total control.
Mid Argyll adapted much better to a mudbath of a pitch which only just passed a pre-match inspection, and were sharper with the ball and hungrier without it, refusing to allow Bute any time on the ball or space to play in the last third of the pitch.
The hosts might have been in with a chance of saving something from the match if they’d been able to pull one back early in the second half, but instead Anderson’s second five minutes after the break ended the match as a contest - and a thoroughly miserable afternoon for Bute was completed when defender Arran Dunn was sent off late on after picking up two yellow cards in the space of three minutes.
* A bad day at the office all round for Bute was compounded by an 8-1 defeat for the island club’s second team away to their Glasgow Mid Argyll counterparts in South Division Two; Ben Clarke scored the visitors’ only goal, with Andy Mathie (two), Nick Lavin (penalty), Angus MacInnes (four) and Lewis Miller all on target for the city side.
* For a full report from the clash between the two clubs’ first teams in Rothesay, see the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 17.