Zavaroni brace helps Bute ease past Caberfeidh

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ROBERTO ZAVARONI led the way with a second half double as Bute Shinty Club’s senior side booked their place in the first round of the Camanachd Cup with a 4-2 win at home to Caberfeidh on Saturday.

Bute got off to the best possible start when Robert Walker opened the scoring after less than a minute following a nice one-two with team-mate Stuart Strathie, but the Strathpeffer side refused to be overawed and levelled the match through Lee Nicol’s penalty before the break.

There was a large slice of good fortune about the goal which saw Bute regain the lead after an hour, Zavaroni’s long-range effort taking a cruel bounce off a divot and deceiving Caberfeidh keeper David Mellis, although there was no doubt about the same player’s second on 78 minutes, a simple close-range finish after the visiting defence buckled under pressure from Bute’s replacement full forward Graham Fisher.

Fisher sealed the win when he finished off Bute’s best move of the match four minutes later, and though Martin MacDonald pulled one back within seconds of the restart, it was too late for the North Division One side to set up a grandstand finish.

Bute will now host Skye Camanachd in the first round proper of this season’s competition on Saturday, May 7.

A full report on Saturday’s match will appear in the next issue of The Buteman – on sale on Thursday, April 7.

Bute’s second team were left idle on Saturday after their league match away to Ballachulish was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.