Bute are Marine Harvest South Division One champions
...but Lochside Rovers push them all the way
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.’
CHAMPIONS: Bute with the Marine Harvest South Division One trophy.
RACE: Glenorchy’s Keegan McPhee and Lochside’s Jordan Kerr in a
race for the ball.