McCuish’s double ends Bute hopes of Macaulay semi spot

ANDREW McCUISH scored a goal in each half as Bute’s poor run of form continued with defeat in the last eight of the Artemis Macaulay Cup at Mossfield Park on Saturday.

But despite the defeat, which ends Bute’s participation in the season’s senior cup competitions, there were encouraging signs that the 2012 campaign is not yet a lost cause for the island sideThe opening goal in the 17th minute owed much to a large slice of luck, when McCuish’s effort took such a large deflection that for a second or two no-one realised where the ball was, let alone that it had ended up in the back of the net.

Bute responded well after falling behind, but found the Camanachd keeper in superb form, with Graham Fisher, Robert Walker and Neil McKirdy all denied by outstanding saves from the Oban number one during the course of the afternoon.

With time running out, Hector Whitelaw moved from full back into the forward line to try and turn up the heat on the home defence - but instead it was the hosts who struck again, making the most of Whitelaw’s absence to seal their place in the last four thanks to McCuish’s second of the game eight minutes from time.

* For a full match report, plus Bute coach Barry Martin’s thoughts on the game, see the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, June 21.