Bute’s R & H Mcintyre sponsored second team took on joint league leaders, Tayforth, at the Meadows on Saturday.
With a few late call-offs to contend with, coach David Kilpatrick had to reshuffle his team.
Tayforth started brightly and showed why they are top of the league with some neat flowing shinty. The Bute defence held up well but eventually the deadlock was broken. The Tayforth outfit were starting to dominate possession in the middle of the park which was starving the Bute forwards of the ball. Ethan Kell and Craig Fisher combined well for one of very few Bute attacks.
Tayforth struck again as the pressure built up on the Bute defence with young Lewis Dunn in only his first start for the club, showing he has some potential to become a very good player.
The visitors added another two goals before half-time, making the score 4-0. Half-time saw coach Kilpatrick make some tactical changes, bringing on some much needed muscle in Arran Dunn, switching Rory Soane to full-back, and captain John MacIntyre to half-forward in a big to strengthen the mid-field.
The second half started as the Bute coach had anticipated with Bute going straight on the attack. Arran McKirdy won the centre, passing off to Ethan Kell who showed great strength in holding his man off, passing to Craig Fisher who despite holding his opponent off couldn’t get his shot on target.
This was how the second half was to go on, with Bute on the attack.
Arran Dunn commanded at the back, with great running by the two wingers CJ McMillan and Andy McLaughlan.
Goalkeeper John Whitelaw was very unlucky to concede at his near post.
Bute continued to press and some neat play ensued. Scott Harvey came on as a sub and showed some good battling skills, but Tayforth proved just too strong and secured their sixth goal.
Many positives can be taken from the game. Coach Kilpatrick highlighted the seven under 16s lads who were competing against grown men, and on many occasions, beating them. Hopefully these youngsters will continue to develop and take the step up to the first team when they are ready.
Thanks go to Arran Dunn and Scott Harvey who helped bolster the ranks from the first team. These boys had another game to play later in the day - we hope they weren’t too sore in the morning!
Bute’s second team have no game this weekend, but all players should remember that a good turnout at training is essential.