Shinty: Bute are edged closer to relegation trapdoor

Bute Shinty Club’s senior side were forced a step nearer to relegation from the Orion Group Premiership on Saturday after Glenurquhart scored three times without reply in the second half to complete a 4-1 win at the Meadows.

Bute had got off to the perfect start with just six minutes on the clock when John Beattie met Roberto Zavaroni’s cutback with a neat finish at the near post.

But the visitors levelled matters in the day’s only Premiership fixture when Neale Reid sent a low drive into the bottom corner of the net midway through the first half.

Glenurquhart had three good chances to extend their lead just before the interval; all went unconverted, but that all changed less than a minute into the second half when Reid held off the attentions of Bute’s Hector Whitelaw before laying the ball off for David Smart, whose low strike gave the visitors the lead.

Glenurquhart keeper Stuart MacKintosh pulled off a superb stop to prevent Roberto Zavaroni netting an equaliser in 57 minutes - and MacKintosh then recovered brilliantly to deny Robert Ferguson from the rebound.

And the visitors made the most of that narrow escape when Reid drilled home Fraser Heath’s lay-off to make it 3-1 midway through the second half.

The loss of a third goal knocked the stuffing out of a Bute team already low on confidence, and Glenurquhart had several chances to put the icing on the cake before Smart added a fourth in injury time after he was picked out in acres of space at the back post.

Next Saturday, July 21, Bute are away to Kingussie in the Orion Group Premiership.