Arran Dunn struck ten minutes from time to earn a short-handed Bute second team a well-deserved point after a ding-dong battle at Jubilee Park on Saturday.
Bute travelled north with only the bare minimum 12 players, including coach David Kilpatrick, and weren’t helped when John Beattie had to go off after only six minutes’ play to receive treatment for a cut to his cheek sustained in a late challenge by his opposite number, forcing the islanders to play a man short for several minutes.
After a goalless first half Ballachulish were awarded a debatable penalty five minutes into the second period, only for Bute keeper John Whitelaw to keep the ball out with a fine save.
But the hosts took the lead a short time later, Duncan Macdonald knocking the ball home when several Bute defenders stopped in expectation of a whistle which never came after Whitelaw was felled by a Ballachulish forward.
The visitors, though, knuckled down after falling behind, and drew level in the 80th minute when the Ballachulish keeper hesitated after hearing a rogue call for “offside!”, and Dunn took advantage to slot home the leveller.
* For a full match report see this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 4.