LEWIS MacLENNAN’s 73rd-minute goal was enough to condemn Bute Shinty Club’s first team to defeat in their Orion Group Premiership clash with Glenurquhart at Drumnadrochit on Saturday - extending the club’s winless start to life back in the top flight to five matches.
A hard-fought match could have gone either way, but in the end it was Glenurquhart who took maxiumum points to end a run of four successive Premiership defeats on home soil - though Bute were left decidedly aggrieved by the lack of an offside flag as MacLennan arrived at the back post to notch the game’s only goal.
Captain Robert Walker had Bute’s two best chances of the afternoon, but was denied by fine saves from Glenurquhart’s Scottish international goalkeeper Stuart Mackintosh.
As the game progressed the hosts took more of an upper hand in the middle of the park, and the deadlock was finally broken 17 minutes from the end when Leighton Reid’s attempted clearance was seized by a Glenurquhart forward, who sent a cross at pace towards the far post, where MacLennan arrived to knock the ball into the net.
Bute were sure MacLennan had been inside the D when the cross was fired in at speed, but their appeals went unheeded and the goal was allowed to stand.
* For a full match report, see this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 12.