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Shippy youngsters head to Motherwell after Youth Cup draw.



The Shipyard U/20’S have been paired with Motherwell in the draw for the 3rd round of the SFA Youth Cup which was made at Hampden Park today.

The trip to Lanarkshire is their reward for seeing off Livingston in the previous round and they are sure to face a huge task against the Premiership club who won the trophy as recently as 2016, beating Hearts in the final at the National Stadium. On hearing the draw coach Chris Maxwell said “You enter these competitions in the hope of getting a tie against Premiership opposition. To be playing a team such as Motherwell is fantastic for the boys. Who would have thought that barely a dozen games into our existence we have a game of this magnitude to look forward to”.

The match is scheduled to take place on or before Sunday 29th October 2017.

Full match information will be published in due course.



Burntisland Shipyard 0 Kelty Hearts 4

Kelty prove too strong for luckless Shipyard.

The fine weather ensured a good crowd turned up for the first ever Fife derby in the East of Scotland League as newcomers Kelty Hearts visited Recreation Park. It was also NonLeagueDay2017 which brought a few more visitors to the ground. The Shipyard were missing Tam Graham and new signing Robbie Gibson from last week but Callum McAleavey returned after suspension. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard U/20 3 Livingston U/20 2

Lions tamed by super Shippy.

The Shipyard U/20’s took a major scalp on Sunday afternoon with a well deserved 3-2 win over Livingston in the SFA Youth Cup 2nd Round at Recreation Park. The Shippy youngsters more than matched their SPFL Championship opponents and despite keeper Craig Richardson pulling off a fabulous save at the death, it was Livi keeper Andrew McNeil who impressed more as he kept his side in the match with some fine saves as the Shipyard looked to build on their 3-1 lead at the start of the second half.

It took the Shipyard only two minutes to break the deadlock when Ross Watt slotted the ball home at the second attempt after breaking clear of the visitors defence. Livi had a chance in the 11th minute but Jack Ogilvie shot over from the corner of the six yard box. Livingston did get level in the 16th minute through Levi Kinchant, who scored from the penalty spot after the Shippy defender was harshly penalised for a tackle just inside the area. The home team were back in front in the 28th minute when a Kyle Walls cross cum shot beat Livi keeper McNeil all ends up as it flew into the roof of the net. Richardson pulled off a great save to deny Kieran Campbell as he got on the end of a corner, while McNeil matched him at the other end with an outstanding save from a Kieran Annandale free-kick. Annandale was not to be denied though as he put his side 3-1 ahead when he knocked home the loose ball following a corner.

Ross watt scores the first goal for the Shipyard

McNeil made another great save as he blocked a headed effort from a corner as the Shippy looked to close the match out, however, his team were back in it in the 67th minute when after Richardson saved well, the loose ball was headed home by the Livingston forward. Livingston pressed for an equaliser but the Shipyard defence kept them at bay, none more so than when Richardson dived full stretch to push away a thunderbolt from 22 yards.

Naturally everyone at the Club was delighted with the result but perhaps none more so than proud coach Chris Maxwell when he said “I just want to start by saying a massive thank you to everyone who came along to support the lads today! I was very pleased with the way we handled the game and showed great character to see the game out. Livingston became stronger as the game progressed and we started to tire but we kept our shape and stuck with the plan and defended well in the later stages. There were some very good individual performances and we worked well as a team and that is good to see”. Chris reserved praise for his young keeper when he added ” A special mention to young goalkeeper Craig Richardson who had a Man of the Match performance with some cracking saves late on in the game”.

Shippy players celebrate Kyle Walls’ goal.

Burntisland Shipyard: C. Richardson, K. Annandale, K. Walls, L. Thompson, B. McCann, C. Fisher, R. Brown, C. Watt, R. Watt, F. Gallagher, Johnny Galloway.  Subs: K. Akbar, Jordan Galloway, S. Dunsmore. Unused Subs: J. George & S. Cusick.

Livingston: A. McNeil, J. Gregory, W. Romanes, K. Campbell, D. White, M. Knox, L. Kinchant, J. Ogilvie, J. Hamilton, C. Henderson, K. Sampson. Subs: R. Hamilton, J. Dunn, L. Chiwara, J. Fullerton, S. Hay.

Referee: B. Dickson.

Heriot Watt University 3 Burntisland Shipyard 2

Shipyard edged out in five goal thriller.

It was scant consolation to the Shipyard that this was a fantastic game and a great advert for the East of Scotland League, as the Shippy left Riccarton with nothing to show for their efforts as Heriot Watt came from behind to take the three points. It was an end to end match with both sides enjoying periods of domination though both management teams would be disappointed with the amount of chances their teams passed up. The hosts would have been unhappy at going in all square at the interval given their possession and chances they had. That being said, the roles were reversed in the second half and it was the Shippy’s turn to create and miss several decent chances, especially when leading 2-1.
Shippy keeper Sean Malpas held a long range shot in the 7th minute and Craig Anderson cut out a dangerous cross as the students started on the front foot. The hosts remained on top as a shot was blocked at the expense of a corner, a Scott Powrie tackle saved a certain goal and a headed effort from the resultant corner hit the base of the post. Brian Breen missed the visitors first clear cut chance in the 17th minute when he knocked the ball over after getting on the end of Brodie Hamilton’s cross. Breen then headed over from a Callum McAulay cross as the Shippy started to impose themselves on the game. Sandy Strang came to the Shipyard’s rescue in the 23rd minute when he raced back to clear the ball off his own line when Malpas was beaten after racing from his line. Heriot Watt took the lead just shy of the half hour mark and the Shippy manager was furious at the manner in which the goal was conceded. A corner from the right found it’s way to the back post and Adam Woolven was able to volley the ball into the net from around six yards. Breen headed a Powrie cross wide but the Shipyard were living dangerously on occasions but with half-time approaching the Shippy drew level when Sam Glancy lashed the ball home after Keeper Callum Reid flapped at a cross.

Sam Glancy scored his first goal for the Shippy

Whatever was said in the dressing room at the interval made an impact as a different Shipyard come out for the second half and within a couple of minutes Reid did well to block Glancy’s drive. Then Breen curled his free-kick just wide of the target but after Anton Dowds went close for Heriot Watt the big man was not to be denied as he drove his powerful shot low into the corner after engineering the opportunity himself. Malpas gathered a high ball at the second attempt before Breen went close again, this time shooting over from 18 yards. Heriot Watt had a huge let off in the 61st minute when McAulay drove a free-kick into the six yard box and they were mightily relieved when the ball ricocheted into keeper Reid’s arms. Ten minutes later the Shippy survived a scare when a driven shot beat Malpas but came back off the post and the Heriot Watt player following up lacked the composure to knock the ball home. The students drew level with eight minutes remaining when Ronnie Napier turned in the loose ball after Malpas had saved bravely at the feet of Dowds. The Shipyard were reduced to ten men when the trialist substitute reacted angrily to having his shirt pulled and left the referee with no option but to show him the red card. Being a player down did stop the Shipyard attacks and Reid had to be on his toes to touch over McAulay’s wicked free-kick and Breen once again went close but failed to hit the target with his powerful strike. Heriot Watt broke quickly with three minutes remaining and sucker punched the Shippy when Mark McGovern turned in a low cross from the right. The Shippy almost got a leveller deep in added time when a Pete Bell cross cum shot crashed back off the bar and the Shipyard contingent had their heads in their hands when Powrie agonisingly headed the loose ball wide.
Next Saturday (7th October) sees the first ever Fife derby in the East of Scotland League when Kelty Hearts visit Recreation Park to face the Shipyard. Kick off is 2.30pm.
Heriot Watt University : C. Reid, A. Snoddy, S. Munro ( C. Smith), N. Laurenson, A. Woolven, F. Watt, C. Macher, C. Lane, R. Napier, A. Dowds, G. MacDonald ( A. Breen).
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, S. Powrie, P. Bell, S. Strang, C. Anderson, S. Glancy, R. Kinnaird ( O. Ferry), C. McAulay, B. Hamilton (A. Trialist),T. Graham (M. Black) B. Breen.
Referee: J. Stewart.


Burntisland Shipyard U/20 v Livingston U/20

It’s the turn of the Shipyard Under/20’s to kick off the Scottish Cup campaign on Sunday when the face SPFL Championship side Livingston FC at Recreation Park.

The match kicks off at 2.00pm and admission prices are: Adults £2 & Concessions £1.

Come along and see some of tomorrow’s stars in action.

Hot & Cold drinks and snacks available.


Burntisland Shipyard 2 Ormiston 0

Shippy pull away from lower reaches of table with another win.

The Shipyard recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Ormiston on Saturday and had the Shippy players taken some of the chances they created, then the visitors from East Lothian would have suffered a heavier defeat. As it was, the two early goals from returning pair Scott Powrie and Rab Kinnaird were enough to ensure the three points remained at Recreation Park. Marc Black joined Powrie and Kinnaird in the starting eleven with Steven Wilson, Brodie Hamilton and the suspended Callum McAulay dropping out. Continue Reading

Preston Athletic 6 Burntisland Shipyard 1

No luck for Shippy in heavy defeat.

The Shipyard left Pennypit Park hugely frustrated yesterday following the 6-1 defeat to hosts Preston Athletic. Frustrated at their lack of good fortune and a series of decisions that went against them. Preston deserved their win without a shadow of doubt but the scoreline should have been much tighter given that two of the Preston goals were clearly offside. Rab Kinnaird and Scott Powrie were unavailable following last week’s win over Stirling, however, the squad was boosted by the return of long term injured pair Stevie Wilson and Marc Black. Also available to Grant were new signings Sam Clancy and Craig Anderson, albeit the former played as a trialist last week.

The Shippy almost got off to a dream start in the third minute when Brodie Hamilton collected a Brian Breen pass, created space for a shot but agonisingly saw his strike crash back off the post. Luck continued to elude the Shipyard as Alexander Dimitrov, looking yards offside, was able to gather the ball and bear down on keeper Sean Malpas before producing a cool finish. The Shipyard defence was struggling to cope with the pace and movement of the Preston forwards and Malpas pulled of a couple of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay. The Shippy replied with a Breen header that flew over the bar before Preston doubled their lead in the 18th minute with Jonathan Grotlin on hand to knock home a low cross. Grotlin scored again in the 36th minute when he burst into the box and scored from around 10 yards. The fourth goal just short of half-time led to huge controversy as the referee was not paying attention to play as the Preston player received the ball yards offside but the official allowed play to continue and Grotlin completed his hat-trick as he converted at the back post.

Brian Breen’s strike finds the net.

Brian Breen

The Shippy got a foothold in the game five minutes into the second period when Breen scored with a stunning strike as Preston keeper Craig Pennycuick could only look on as the big forwards left foot strike from outside the box flew over his head and into the net. Breen almost scored again two minutes later but his shot from inside the six-yard box came back off the post. The Shipyard were dominating at this stage of the game and Breen was proving to be a handful for the Preston defence and he again went close when he headed over from a corner. Again, Breen had an attempt at goal in the 61st minute but Pennycuick was able to get behind the ball and gather. In a rare home attack Dimitrov almost got on the end of a low cross inside the six-yard box but he was inches away from making contact. Back at the other end the Shipyard had a huge penalty claimed turned down when Breen appeared to be held down as a corner came into the box but the referee chose to wave play on. The referee then ended any chance of the Shipyard getting anything out of the match when he red carded Callum McAulay for foul and abusive language. Despite being a man down the Shippy kept at it and Breen dragged a shot wide in the 79th minute. Malpas produced a smart save in the 82nd minute when blocked a shot from Steven Campbell. Much to the surprise of everyone in the ground the referee awarded the hosts a penalty when Campbell went down under minimal pressure from sub Marc Black as they challenged for the loose ball. Justice was probably done when Jack Jardine hit the post with his effort from 12 yards. Preston made the most of their extra man in the closing minutes and added another two goals as the Shipyard ran out of steam.

When manager Grant Brough spoke after the match he said “On paper it certainly looks a heavy defeat but for me we’re exactly in the same place where we were last week when we won. Nothing has changed as we know exactly where we need to strengthen as a team and exactly what we need to be working on collectively as a team to take the side to the next level”. Grant then went into detail of how he saw the game panning out as he added “As much as Preston deserved there win, the game in reality was a lot tighter, in my opinion, than the scoreline suggests. We made poor decisions at times, never had a rub of the green and were ruthlessly punished by Preston’s impressive forwards. After pulling a goal back and looking likely that we could go on and close the deficit even further, the sending off killed the game for us. I’m not going to condone nor blame Callum for the sending off as at this moment in time I don’t know what was said but the decision ultimately killed any hope we had of getting back into the game and Preston used their extra man to great effect to push on and kill the game. As I said before we know exactly what needs to be done to take us forward, we will regroup and get ready for next weeks visit of Ormiston”.
Preston Athletic: C. Pennycuick, M. McFarlane, C. Inglis, D. Liddle, S. Campbell, D. Pennycuick (J. Jardine), J. Cochrane (K. Jack),, M. Woodcock, G. Binnie, J. Grotlin, A. Dimitrov (J. Whiteman).

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Malpas, K. Ford ( T. Graham), P. Bell, S. Wilson (M. Black), C. McAleavey, S. Strang, O. Ferry, S. Glancy, B. Hamilton, C. McAulay, B. Breen. Unused Subs: C. Richardson, C. Anderson, B. Saunders.

Referee: G. Haynes.

Burntisland Shipyard 5 Stirling University 3

Five star performance from new look Shippy.

The new era for the Shipyard under the leadership of Grant Brough got off to winning start as the Shippy beat Stirling University 5-3 at Recreation Park on Saturday. New fewer than six players made their debuts for the Shippy as Brough quickly stamped his mark on the squad. Sandy Strang, Callum McAulay, Rab Kinnaird and Tam Graham pulled on a Shipyard strip for the first time while Ben Saunders and Pete Bell debuted for the second time. Continue Reading