Shinty: Disappointing afternoon for Bute boys

Bute Shinty Club took on Ballachulish on Saturday, June 18.
Bute Shinty Club took on Ballachulish on Saturday, June 18.

Bute went into Saturday’s game knowing that a win would ease them away from the relegation zone and build on a string of solid previous performances.

However a woeful performance meant that Ballachulish drew level with Inverness at the bottom of the league and Bute remain mired in the relegation dogfight.

For the second week in a row Bute found themselves 2 goals down within 10 minutes of the start.

Both goals came from long distances shots which Kevin Queen lost in the glare of the bright sunshine and left Bute with a mountain to climb. Bute slowly worked themselves back into the game and enjoyed periods of sustained pressure but never created any clear cut chances but had to be wary as Ballachulish looked to press home their advantage on the break.

In the second half the pattern remained the same with Bute having slightly more of the ball but Ballachulish having more of a cutting edge and extended their lead in the 52 nd minute with a close range finish from John McDonald. This knocked the wind out of Bute’s sails and couldn’t muster a response with Ballachulish going 4-0 up in the 80 th minute. Substitute William Boag drilled home a fine finish with 3 minutes remaining but it was scant consolation on a disappointing afternoon.

Bute first team have no game this Saturday but the second team are in action away to local rivals Dunoon and the all-conquering primary school team travel to Fort William to play Newtonmore in the final of the McKay Cup.