Bute are Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­ons

...but Lochside Rovers push them all the way

The Oban Times - - Sport -

Oban Celtic 0 Bute 6

Marine Har­vest South Div 1

BUTE won the Marine Har­vest South Divi­son One cham­pi­onship last Satur­day af­ter a 6 – 0 vic­tory over Oban Celtic at Moss­field Sta­dium.

The is­lan­ders, who only dropped four points in their 18 games, won the ti­tle by virtue of a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence from Lochside Rovers.

The des­ti­na­tion of the league

Lochside Rovers 4 Glenorchy 1

Marine Har­vest South Div 1

LOCHSIDE Rovers com­pleted there league pro­gramme with a 4– 0 vic­tory over Glenorchy at Gana­van to fin­ish in sec­ond place in South Di­vi­sion One on goal dif­fer­ence.

Al­though dis­ap­pointed to fin­ish run­ners-up, Lochside can be well sat­is­fied by the form shown by their youth­ful team over the sea­son in a league made up of first team clubs and re­serve sides.

They lost only two games in the league and were the only team to beat Bute, win­ning con­vinc­ingly 3– 0 at home.

In their last league game two goals by the ever-green Brian MacCal­lum and a brace from young Daniel MacVicar en­sured vic­tory, al­though Glenorchy made them work hard for the win. Once again Jor­dan Kerr was out­stand­ing for Lochside and con­tin­ues to de­velop into a top class player.

With six play­ers all play­ing at un­der 17 level, Lochside can look for­ward to next sea­son with op­ti­mism. ti­tle was all sewn up by half time as Bute took a 5- 0 lead into the half time break thanks to goals from Robert Walker, Dun­can David­son, Gor­don MacMil­lan and a dou­ble from Craig MacKay. Celtic came more into the game in the sec­ond half but an­other strike from Robert Walker made the fi­nal score 6- 0. The Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 tro­phy was handed over to Bute cap­tain Paddy Queen by Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr.

Asked about his thoughts on the sea­son past, team man­ager Gareth Evans said: ‘ David MacCuish and I are de­lighted with the progress made by the team over the sea­son on three counts: we won the SC Tro­phy; reached the fi­nal of the Suther­land Cup; and fin­ished in run­ner-up po­si­tion in the league and pro­vided valu­able back-up for our first team Oban Ca­manachd, which I am sure man­ager Ian Hay will agree helped the team to over­come long-term in­juries to key play­ers thus en­sur­ing that Ca­manachd will play in the top flight of shinty.’

Asked about his own po­si­tion as team man­ager he said there would be a pe­riod of re­flec­tion but he was de­lighted to win Man­ager of the Year for South Di­vi­sion 1. This award re­flected how well the team has done over the sea­son. A club spokesman said: ‘ We have our AGM in De­cem­ber and all is­sues for sea­son 2016 will be de­cided then al­though there is no doubt the club is in a good place at all lev­els high­lighted by the suc­cess of our Un­der 14s and Un­der 17s not al­ways recog­nised as was the case at the re­cent Marine Har­vest Awards.’

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

CHAM­PI­ONS: Bute with the Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion One tro­phy.

Photo: Stephen Law­son

RACE: Glenorchy’s Kee­gan McPhee and Lochside’s Jor­dan Kerr in a

race for the ball.

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