Result for Saturday 20th. August 2016
Bute 1-1 Beauly
Bute welcomed old
Balliemore foes Beauly to the Meadows on a dreich Highland Games day with both sides desperate for points but for vastly different
reasons. The visitors were in the hunt for 2 points to keep alive their promotion hopes while Bute were looking to distance
themselves from the relegation trap door. With Bute close to full strength - only Arran McKirdy & Adam Stirling were missing
through injury - hopes were high that a positive result could be achieved.
began the game firmly on the front foot and took a well-deserved lead after 5 minutes. Duncan Davidson's cross field ball
from the left wing was brought under control by the Beauly defender with Ben Clarke in close attendance. With the Beauly man
dithering on the ball and attempting a "Cruyff turn" close to his own goal he was unceremoniously dumped off the
ball by Clarke whose snap shot from 20 yards caught the keeper unaware and the site of his powerful strike rippling the back
of the net gave the home side the perfect start.
Buoyed by this breakthrough
the young Bute team grew in confidence throughout the first half causing concern in the Beauly backline every time they ventured
up the park and the men in green becoming visibly and audibly more frustrated was testament to the excellent
performance. Clark was continuing to torment his marker and Davidson was getting joy against the fierce rivals of his old
club Lovat. They were working well with Gordon McMillan in the forward line moving the ball quickly at every opportunity and
defending from the front when required.
Beauly were finding chances hard
to come by and the league's top scorer, Jack McDonald, drilled low shot towards Paddy Queen's bottom corner and the
big keeper showed tremendous agility to dive low to his right and palm the ball round the post.
This was McDonald's only real sight at goal as he was marked well by Donnie McDermid throughout
and Arran Dunn had another powerful game at full back at celebrated another good performance with a call up to the South U21
squad. Iain McDonald was commanding the defence well and Ryan Craig had an excellent game at half back with his consistency
this season belying his lack of years.
At the other end of the age spectrum
his Dad, Jambo, continues to defy the ravages of time with a tireless performance in the centre of the park setting the tone
for the rest of his team mates. Craig was ably supported in midfield by Leighton Reid and Craig McKay who were both competing
for every ball and supplying a steady stream of passes to their forwards.
time came with the islanders still a goal to the good but Beauly beginning to sustain more pressure on the Bute half but the
Red Army hopeful for a home win. The message from the management was "more of the same please" with confidence flowing
through the whole side.
The second half continued where the first had
left off with Beauly probing and Bute resisting but looking dangerous on the counter attack. Eventually Beauly's persistence
paid off with a shot through a ruck of players sneaking in at the far post despite the despairing lunge of Queen who got a
hand on it but couldn't keep it out.
Thoughts turned to Bute's
last game away to Caberfeidh when they were in the same position but eventually succumbed 4-1 but this young side is learning
and accruing valuable experience with every game that comes.
Bute showed great resolve to see
out the game and could have snatched a late winner with some forays forward. Franco Devlin came on to replace the goal scorer
Clark and battled well throughout the remainder of the match. This was a tremendous result for Bute as they have lost heavily
in both their trips to face Beauly this season and are finishing the season on a high, hoping to gain points in their last
2 games to solidify their position in the National League.
Next up for Bute are fellow basement boys Inverness at the Meadows which will be a keenly contested encounter with both teams
hoping to add to their win tally.
There is no game this weekend as it
the annual North v South U21 match for the Caol Cup in Ballachulish though Bute will be well represented with Iain McDonald
the manager of the South, David McVey the coach and Arran Dunn selected in the playing squad. (Report by John MacCallum)
The round robin
tournament for P7, P5 and P3 teams before the senior match, attracted entries from other clubs from the South of Scotland.
Bute Primaries did exceptionally well, our P7 team continued with their successful run by winning their final on penalties,
our P5 team also won their trophy while our P3 team put in a great display before losing in their final. A big thanks to all
who attended and to the ladies for the fine selection of sandwiches.