Under strength Shippy not at the races.
It may have been Grand National day but the Shipyard certainly weren’t at the races as they produced an abject defensive display, particularly in the first half, as visitors Tynecastle won at a canter. Yes, it can be argued that the Shippy were missing several players but ultimately, too many of those selected never rose to the challenge. John Martin, Johnny Galloway, Brodie Hamilton, Lee Halpin, Pete Bell, Craig Anderson and Dean Anderson were the ones ruled out. Manager Grant Brough was critical of his team’s performance after the match when he said “Despite missing several key players I’m bitterly disappointed in the performance today. The first half display was the poorest we have been since we took over. We showed a lack of desire and commitment in the first half, resulting in Tynecastle being first to every ball and we looked a shadow of the team we have been over the last few months”. He went on to add “On a positive note the second half was far better with us getting a reaction out of the players at half-time. However, today was one of those days that needs to be quickly forgotten”.
Shippy spurn early opportunity.
The Shipyard made a bright start to the match and should have been ahead early on but despite two or three attempts at goal following a corner that dropped in the six-yard box, the visitors defence managed to scramble the ball away. Tynecastle scored with their first attack when Dean Crabbe was afforded far too much space on the right-hand side of the box and he drilled his effort beyond Ryan Adamson in the Shipyard goals. Tynecastle’s second arrived after Adamson had saved well but unlike at the other end, the defence could not clear and Shane Costello knocked the loose ball home. The Shipyard had a set piece opportunity in the 18th minute but Brian Breen’s strike failed to trouble Tynie keeper Robert Watt. Tynecastle scored their third after 23 minutes and again the Shipyard rear-guard was posted missing as Archie Roue finished with ease. It was four as the game reached the half hour mark when Craig O’Reilly capitalised on a static Shipyard defence and blasted the ball past Adamson. Breen headed over a McAulay corner as the Shippy looked to get a foothold in the match as half-time approached.
Scott Powrie replaced Tom Graham for the start of the second period and in the early stages the Shipyard threatened the Tynecastle goal as Ryan O’Donnell had a shot held and Sean Johnstone failed to get the ball under control as he looked to round the keeper. O’Reilly got his second and Tynecastle’s fifth on 70 minutes when the ball broke to him in the box and he rifled it home from around 12 yards. Substitute Jordan Galloway saw his lob held by Watt and the Shippy youngster was off target with a headed effort from a deep cross to the back post. Sam Glancy fired a shot wide from a Johnstone cross but there was to be no consolation goal for the Shipyard.
The Shipyard travel to Edinburgh on Monday night to face Lothian Thistle HV (kick-off 7.30pm) in a re-arranged league fixture following earlier postponements and are back at Recreation Park on Saturday 21st April as they welcome Peebles Rovers to Burntisland for the teams’ first meeting off the season. Kick off for this one is 2.30pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, R. Kinnaird (S. Brough), R. O’Donnell, R. Lennie (Jor. Galloway), S. Strang, S. Glancy, R. Brown, C. McAulay, T. Graham (S. Powrie), S. Johnstone, B. Breen.
Tynecastle: R. Watt, L. Grant, G. Page, R. Ferguson, W. Mitchell, A. Roue, D. Crabbe, M. Robinson, C. O’Reilly, R. Mayer, S. Costello. Subs: R. McIntyre, N. Kelly, M. Leslie, R. Mason.
Referee: S. Gill.
Shipyard record another “home” win.
Despite the unfamiliar surroundings of Bayview Stadium, the Shipyard players certainly felt at home as the saw off rock bottom Tweedmouth Rangers, although for periods of the second half they made heavy weather of it as the visitors twice got back into the game to make things a lot less comfortable for the Shippy as they should have been. It was a severely depleted Shipyard squad that was named for the match with Brian Breen, Sam Glancy and Rab Kinnaird all suspended. Add in the injured Brodie Hamilton and the unavailable trio of Johnny Galloway, Lee Halpin and Ryan Connor to the list of personnel missing, it left manager Grant Brough with a headache he could have done without.
The Shipyard were dominant from the outset with Reece Brown and Tom Graham both missing chances before they somewhat inevitably took the lead in the 10th minute. After good build up down the right-hand side, Brown crossed for Sean Johnstone who had the easy task of knocking the ball home from three yards out. Six minutes later it was 2-0 when Graham rose to head home Callum McAulay’s corner. Rangers keeper Stuart Allan had to look lively to claw away Graham’s cross cum shot as it looked to be heading for the top corner. Shippy keeper Ryan Adamson saved for the first time in the 26th minute when he got down to hold Regan Graham’s effort. However, the action soon returned to the other end as John Martin headed over another McAulay corner. The diminutive McAulay was running the show in the middle of the park and he saw his strike held by Allan as he looked to add a third. Another fine piece of play presented Ryan O’Donnell with a chance but Allan blocked his drive as the youngster burst into the six-yard box. A Martin left footed free-kick was not too far away before the Shippy went three up five minutes before half-time. Johnstone’s pass found Graham who shot for goal and when Brown got a toe on the ball it was enough to deceive Allan and find the back of the net.
Reece Brown’s penalty finds the net.
Martin flicked an effort just wide at the start of the second period and Adamson saved low down from the visitor’s number 15 William Lawrence. The Shippy then had a sustained spell of pressure around the Tweedmouth box but their defence stood firm and in the 61st minute they shocked the hosts by pulling a goal back, albeit, through some poor Shipyard defending as Adamson and his mates got into a bit of a fankle, presenting Lawrence with the opportunity to knock the loose ball into the unguarded net. Graham broke clear of the Rangers defence but his shot lacked the power to beat Allan. Brown set up a chance for sub Jordan Galloway but he was blocked in the act of shooting. Graham then had a header cleared off the line with the keeper beaten while at the other end Lawrence’s pace was troubling the Shipyard defence and Adamson saved well to deny the striker a second goal. The Shipyard made the game safe in the 83rd minute when Brown confidently stroked home a penalty after he had been brought down in the area, however, Tweedmouth rallied again as they reduced the deficit when Graham capitalised on more poor defending as he fired the ball into the corner of the net. The Shipyard finally killed Tweedmouth off when McAulay rounded off a fine personal performance when he blasted a volley home from around 12 yards after the ball had fell kindly for him.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, R. O’Donnell, P. Bell, R. Lennie (S. Powrie), D. Anderson, S. Strang, R. Brown, T. Graham (J. Galloway), J. Martin (S. Brough), C. McAulay, S. Johnstone. Unused Sub: C. Anderson.
Tweedmouth Rangers: S. Allan, R. McLeod, R. Aitchison, K. Cromarty, K. Murray, J. Moore, D. Boyne, R. Graham, M. Robinson, K. Binning, W. Lawrence. Subs: A. Ferrier & D. Lowe.
Referee: B. Cooper.
The Shipyard have moved their home fixture against Tweedmouth Rangers on Saturday to Bayview Stadium, Methil, the home of East Fife FC as the recent snow and rain has saturated Recreation Park. Kick off is at the scheduled time of 2.30pm and entry to the match will be free. The Club would like to thank all parties concerned for their co-operation and assistance in ensuring the match goes ahead as planned.
Shippy lose to Kelty in King Cup.
The Shipyard more than matched their Fife neighbours for almost an hour but once Kelty edged two goals ahead they never looked back and ran out comfortable winners. The first half was a typical end to end cup tie with the Shipyard twice ahead only to be pegged back on both occasions, however, the loss of John Martin to injury, scorer of the opening goal, was a huge blow for the Shippy. The weather was a great deal warmer than it was for last week’s Groundhop fixture as a healthy crowd again congregated at Recreation Park. Continue Reading
Shipyard caught on the hop.
The Shipyard suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Preston Athletic on Saturday morning as Groundhop UK visited Recreation Park for the first of four scheduled fixtures the hoppers were taking in. The bitterly cold and blustery East wind made playing conditions extremely difficult for the players but at the end of the day, the spectators probably enjoyed a competitive match that had plenty of incidents throughout. There is no doubt the Shippy rued a late penalty miss that could have earned a point, though justice might have been done as the award looked harsh to say the least. Lee Halpin, Sean Johnstone and Scott Powrie were all missing from the squad on duty for the last fixture at Coldstream. Continue Reading
Shippy stretch their winning run against resilient Coldstream.
To say the Shippy made heavy weather of beating nine-man Coldstream would be an understatement, however, at the end of the day the three points travelled north as second half goals from John Martin and Reece Brown settled the match. The aforementioned Brown and Johnny Galloway’s brother Jordan came into the squad as the Shipyard headed to the borders in confident mood following successive league victories. Continue Reading
Super Shippy smash ten in record win.
The Shipyard went goal crazy on Saturday as records tumbled on an amazing afternoon at Recreation Park. Since joining the East of Scotland League this was the biggest winning margin, the most goals scored in a game and the most goals scored by an individual player in a game as John Martin netted four of the ten goals. Spare a thought though for big John Crawford as the Eyemouth striker netted all three of his team’s goals and took his tally for the season to twenty.
This was the Shipyard’s day however and along with Martin’s four goals young Sean Johnstone helped himself to a hat-trick, Lee Halpin netted on his return, Brodie Hamilton got himself on the score sheet and Scott Powrie was the man who took the score to double figures. Continue Reading
Impressive Shippy give students a lesson.
The Shipyard recorded their first away win of the season in fine style as they completed a league double over Stirling University winning 4-1 at the Gannochy Sports Centre on Saturday. In a day of firsts, loan signing John Martin helped himself to a double on his debut, scoring the first and fourth goals while Sean Johnstone also got his first goal for the Shippy. Jonny Galloway was the other man on target.
The Shipyard squad was without the suspended Callum McAulay and the unfortunate Sean Malpas who picked up a serious knee injury in training during the week. It was wet and blustery overhead while the heavy pitch made the underfoot conditions difficult. Continue Reading