Bute Shinty Club’s second team coach singled out the new youngsters in his squad for praise after watching his charges make a successful start to their new league campaign.
The squad for Bute’s 4-0 win at home to Oban Lorn on Saturday included four young players taking part in their first competitive senior shinty fixture - and Ethan Kell, Aaron McKirdy, Andrew McLaughlin and Iain Crawford all gave plenty of signs of a bright future for shinty on the island.
“The youngsters were really good on Saturday,” Kilpatrick told The Buteman.
“I was very, very happy with Aaron and I thought Andrew played exceptionally well.
“The heavy ground conditions didn’t help - doing most of our pre-season preparations on a 3G pitch made it hard for us - but we got over the line in the end, and the young boys like Ethan and Iain were a credit to their club.
“We made it hard for ourselves at times, but it takes time to settle when you have a crop of young players who haven’t fully developed their positional sense yet.”
Oban started the game a man short and weren’t helped by a first-half injury which saw thier number depleted even further.
“The fact Oban were short-handed didn’t help us as much as you might think,” Kilpatrick added.
“When it’s 12 against 12 it’s a much more structured affair, rather than having them defend for their lives and leaving gaps further up the park, but all credit to Oban for travelling to play the game.”
Bute’s second team travel to Yoker this Saturday to take on their Glasgow Mid Argyll counterparts.