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St Andrews United 4-0 Burntisland Shipyard

Shippy performance under par.

The Shipyard slumped to a 4-0 defeat against St Andrews United at Barnetts Park and to say all four goals were highly avoidable would be an understatement. Needless concession of the ball in their own half was the Shippy’s Achilles heel and the fact that they weren’t punished more came as a surprise, though credit must go to keeper Michael Gibb for some fine saves. The Shipyard’s passing game was always going to be difficult on a very heavy pitch and they struggled for long periods to make any headway in getting the ball forward and retain possession. Dean Hunter, Robbie Crawford and Dale Allan dropped out of last week’s starting eleven for various reasons and their places were taken by Grant Skinner, Jason Finlay and Ross Lennie, who returned after several weeks on the sidelines through injury.

The Shipyard welcomed back Ross Lennie following injury lay-off.

Dylan Honeyman shot over with four minutes on the clock and after that the visitors enjoyed a spell of pressure before shooting themselves in the foot in the 11th minute. Possession was conceded all to easily, though credit to Ross Cunningham who fired an unstoppable shot into the net. Shortly after the Saints were screaming for a penalty when their man went down under a challenge from Gavin Ross, however, the referee dismissed their appeals probably judging it was a shoulder to shoulder challenge. The Saints then hit the top of the bar as they maintained the pressure. A Reece Brown drive was headed clear and a couple of minutes later Sam Glancy was not too far away with a left foot strike. Gibb saved well from Honeyman with the angle proving too tight for the Saints man. With the Shipyard looking to get to the interval only a goal down and have the advantage of the slope in the second half the roof caved in. A needless free-kick was conceded just outside the box on the right-hand side and when the ball was delivered it fell to Honeyman who netted from close range. Gibb then saved at point blank range from Honeyman, though, there looked a blatant offside in the build up to this opportunity. The third goal on the stroke of half-time was an absolute howler for the Shippy as the ball was given away again, this time deep inside the box, and it was all too easy for the Saints forward to find the net.

There was less action at the start of the second half with neither team creating anything in the gathering gloom and persistent rain. A Johnny Galloway free-kick in the 64th minute was eventually scrambled away by the home defence before the hosts had a couple of efforts off target. Gibb continued to frustrate Honeyman as he saved from the Saints man again, while at the other end Glancy flashed the ball across the face of goal. St Andrews got a fourth goal in the 88th minute when a long punt by Saints keeper Connor Shaw was missed by the Shippy defence allowing Kyle Wilson a one on one with Gibb and the big striker came out on top. A great piece of skill by Lennie almost produced a consolation goal, however, after showing excellent control as he killed the ball in the air, his left foot volley flashed narrowly wide.

Manager Stuart Innes was left with more questions than answers following this display and on the back of the previous game’s result the feel-good factor from their long unbeaten run is starting to diminish.

Preston Athletic are the visitors to Recreation Park on Saturday (23/11/2019) for an inter conference league match. Kick-off is at 2.00pm.

St Andrews United: C. Shaw, K. MacAulay, N. Rendall (J. Blaney), O. Fleming, N. Doig, R. McInnes, D. Honeyman, M. Fleming, K. Wilson, O. Andrew (J. Penman), R. Cunningham. Unused Subs: D. Falconer, C. Fleming, J. Grady, S. Cunningham, M. Curtis.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell, G. Skinner, I. Millar (D. Hunter), G. Ross, S. Strang, R. Lennie, Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, S. Glancy, J. Finlay (B. Hutchison). Unused Subs: A. Watt, P. Bell, A. Cooper, K. Kwapinski.

Referee: T. Ormiston.

Burntisland Shipyard 2-5 Inverkeithing H.S.

Unbeaten run ends after poor performance.

The Shipyard’s fine run of form came to a shuddering halt against Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts at Recreation Park on Saturday. The Swifts progress to the second round of the King Cup on the back of their 5-2 victory and the Shippy can have no complaints on the back of this substandard performance with very few players getting pass marks from the manager. It was no surprise that the same eleven started following the rout of Stirling University two weeks ago but they could not reproduce the form they showed that day. Inverkeithing had no less than six ex-Shipyard players in their ranks and it looked like they all had something to prove against their former team.

There was very little in the way of goalmouth action in the opening twenty odd minutes with the game very scrappy and punctuated with niggling fouls, one of which led to Shipyard midfielder Johnny Galloway hobbling off injured to be replaced by Benn Hutchison. The Swifts broke the deadlock soon after with a simple goal. A free-kick from the right-hand side was floated into the box and Dean Anderson rose highest to nod the ball home at the back post. That lead was doubled a couple of minutes later as Brodie Hamilton netted with a sublime free-kick from all off 25 yards leaving Michael Gibb helpless in the Shipyard goals.

Watty heads in his goal.

The Shipyard’s hopes of getting back into the match early in the second half were quickly dashed as Calum Strang, brother of Shipyard captain Sandy made it 3-0 and another from Steven Slimmings after 62 minutes put the visitors out of sight. Shippy substitute Andy Watt pulled one back with a head flick from a high ball into the box on 69 minutes, however, another Strang counter four minutes later restored the Swifts four goal advantage. Reece Brown scored a fine consolation goal in the dying minutes as he gathered the ball in the box, rounded the keeper and smashed the ball high into the net. Nonetheless, the goal did nothing to mask the paucity of the Shipyard’s play throughout the game and Stuart Innes will be hoping it was a blip in the grand scheme of things.

Reece Brown bags his goal.

The Shipyard hit the road on Saturday (16/11/2019) as they encounter another Fife derby at Barnetts park with St Andrews United the hosts. Kick-off is at 2.00pm.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb; R. O’Donnell; I. Millar; D. Hunter; G. Ross (G. Skinner); S. Glancy; D. Allan; Jon. Galloway (B. Hutchison); R. Brown; S. Strang; R. Crawford (A. Watt). Unused Subs: R. Lennie; C. McQuade; G. Dolan; R. Connor.

Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts: M. Rowbotham; R. Kinnaird; J. Francis; R. O’Connor; D. Anderson; R. Bernard; C. Simpson; B. Hamilton; S. Slimmings; C. Strang; G. Smith. Subs: A. Shaw; G. Denton; S. Kumar; S. Houston; S. Brough; Y. Liddell.

Referee: P. Hanlon.

Burntisland Shipyard 9-2 Stirling University

Students swept aside in Shippy goal spree.

A devastating three goal salvo in the opening fifteen minutes had the Shipyard on easy street and despite the students scoring a couple of goals in a ten-minute spell either side of half-time the destination of the three points was never in doubt. On a bright but chilly afternoon at Recreation Park the Shippy ran in nine goals as they kept their excellent run of form going with Stirling University under the cosh from the outset. New signing Dale Allan had an impressive debut, netting twice in the second half as well as being involved in four of the five first half goals. Gavin Ross also scored his first Shipyard goals and big Rocky might even have notched a hat-trick but blazed a left foot shot over the bar after some great footwork inside the Uni box.

Dale Allan nets his first Shipyard goal.

There was barely a minute on the clock when the Shipyard took the lead as a deep cross to the back post was smashed home by the onrushing Ryan O’Donnell as he registering his first goal of the season with a marvellous first-time strike that fizzed into the top corner. An Allan cross in the 5th minute found the head of Robbie Crawford and as the Uni defence struggled to keep the ball out Reece Brown was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. There was a slice of good fortune about the third goal as Allan’s cross was played against the legs of Crawford and the ball cannoned off him finding the bottom corner of the net. Shippy keeper Michael Gibb had been a spectator for much of the opening period, however, he was on his toes when called upon to make a good save in the 16th minute. A fourth Shipyard goal arrived in the 37th minute when Sam Glancy drove home a low left foot effort from the edge of the box. The visitors pulled a goal back in the 40th minute amid furious protests from the Shippy defence with their appeals for offside being ignored by the referee allowing Ted Hodges to beat Gibb. The Shippy quickly restored their four-goal advantage as Ross headed home Allan’s corner just before the ref blew for the interval.

Reece Brown bundles the ball home.

Captain Sandy Strang picked up a nasty cut to his leg at the start of the second period and he was replaced by Connor McQuade on 48 minutes. The visitors were enjoying their best spell in the match as Gibb saved with his legs from Ryan Campbell and further pressure from the Uni allowed Campbell to find the net though the Shipyard would be disappointed with their defending. The hosts quickly got back on the front foot and missed a couple of chances before they scored their sixth in the 62nd minute. A long throw from Millar was headed home by Ross who had risen the highest to add to his earlier effort. Allan scored his first Shipyard goal in the 69th minute when he tapped home after Uni keeper Colin Sanchez spilled Andy Watt’s shot. Allan got another as he capitalised on some slackness in the Stirling defence and he doubled his tally with a cool finish. Hodges missed a great chance for a consolation goal but blazed over with the goal at his mercy. Ross missed his aforementioned opportunity for his hat-trick as the game moved into added time, however, there was still time for another Shipyard goal as Glancy also scored a brace netting with a fine angled shot from around twelve yards.

Sandy Strang in the thick of the action before picking up an injury.

Next Saturday (02/11/2019) the Shipyard are on the road as they travel to face Easthouses Lily MW at Newbattle Complex. Kick off is at 2.30pm.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar (G. Skinner), D. Hunter, G. Ross, Jon. Galloway, D. Allan, S. Strang (C. McQuade), R. Brown (A. Watt), S. Glancy, R. Crawford. Unused Subs: B. Hutchison, J. Finlay, K. Kwapinski.

Stirling University: C. Sanchez, M. Brown, L.D.Y. Lee, Ross Campbell, F. Goodlad, K. Whitefield, Ryan Campbell, S. Frankland, A. Davidson, M. Baber, T. Hodges. Subs: R. Spiers, R. MacLaren, W. Renwick, A. Guzel.

Referee: R. Lee.

Leith Athletic 1-1 Burntisland Shipyard

All square in the “Docks Derby”.

A second half goal from Andy Watt earned the Shipyard a well-deserved point against Conference A leaders Leith Athletic and in the process stretched their unbeaten league run to six matches, gathering 14 points from a possible 18 along the way. It was the proverbial game of two halves with the Leithers on top in the first period and the Shippy to the fore in the second, with both sides scoring when in the ascendancy. The Shipyard were unhappy as Leith’s goal looked suspiciously offside, however, with no assistants to help the referee it is always difficult for the official to get every decision correct. Jason Finlay returned to the squad following a long absence due to injury and the youngster made an immediate impact coming off the bench as he set up the Shipyard’s equaliser. Michael Gibb was back between the sticks after missing out at Kinnoull the previous week and Kris Kwapinski was in the squad for the first time as back up to Gibb.

Watty came off the bench to score Shippy equaliser.

The Shipyard were unlucky to see the ball scrambled off the line in the 17th minute and were even more disheartened four minutes later when they fell behind. Greg Kerr passed to Kyle Mitchell and Leith’s top scorer finished well with Shipyard appeals for offside ignored by the referee. Gibb pulled off a great save from a Mitchell header in the 35th minute as the striker looked for his second of the match.

Sam Glancy saw a thunderous strike from 25yards go just wide while at the other end Oban Anderson saw his effort strike the bar. The Shipyard were gaining the upper hand with captain Sandy Strang having a couple of efforts at goal. The Shippy levelled in the 78th minute when a fine deep cross from substitute Finlay reached fellow replacement Watt and the big forward netted with fine low shot. Leith keeper Ben McGinley kept his side ahead as he reacted well to save a deflected Glancy shot with seven minutes remaining.

This Saturday (19/10/2019) the Shipyard host Haddington Athletic at Recreation Park in a big match for both sides as the Shippy can cut the gap between the clubs to one point. Entry to the game is £5 for adults, £3 for Concessions and under 12’s free. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Leith Athletic: McGinley, Allan, Shaw, Smith, Nesbit, Brown, Currie, Anderson, Kerr (Garvey), MacKenzie (Mein), Mitchell.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, D. Hunter, G. Ross, S. Glancy, Jor. Galloway (A. Watt), Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, S. Strang (B. Hutchison), R. Crawford (J. Finlay). Unused Subs: C. McQuade, G. Dolan, K. Kwapinski.

Referee: I. Gallacher.

Kinnoull 1-2 Burntisland Shipyard

Crawford double keeps good run going.

The Shipyard extended their unbeaten league run to five games with a 2-1 victory over Kinnoull in Perth on Saturday thanks to a double from Robbie Crawford. The win was more convincing than the scoreline suggests as the Shippy were the better team throughout and had what looked like a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside. The concession of a needless penalty to give Kinnoull a lifeline with eight minutes remaining was a mere consolation for the hosts who finished the match with nine men as they lost their discipline along with their 100% home league record. Michael Gibb and Benn Hutchison were unavailable for the match and their places were taken by Ryan Connor and Sam Glancy.

After an uneventful first ten minutes the game burst into life with Kinnoull keeper Lukasz Osinski parrying Jonny Galloway’s free-kick to the side. Crawford gathered the loose ball and saw his shot blocked at the expense of a corner. Jonny saw another free-kick clear the bar as the Shipyard enjoyed the better of the exchanges. The hosts came into the match midway through the half and Dean Hunter cleared a dangerous cross over his own crossbar. Gordon Norrie dragged a shot across the face of Connor’s goal, however, the play quickly switched to the other end as Osinski held a Crawford strike. Dale Smart tried a speculative effort from around 40 yards that didn’t trouble Connor just before the Shippy took the lead with 33 minutes on the clock. Crawford showed good control at the edge of the box before cutting inside and drilling the ball low into the bottom corner from 16 yards. The game was then held up for a couple of minutes as a dog invaded the pitch with its owner fighting a losing battle in trying to capture it.

Robbie Crawford tormented the Kinnoull defence.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute when Patrick Brown lashed out at Dean Hunter leaving the referee no option but to show him a red card. Kinnoull’s claim for a penalty on the sixty-minute mark was turned down and seconds later they were even more disappointed as they fell two behind. The Shipyard broke quickly through Crawford and the youngster easily beat his man before planting the ball behind Osinski. The Shippy had a scare when a Norrie shot from distance beat Connor but to the veteran keeper’s relief the ball bounced down off the bar and was booted clear. The visitors thought the game was done and dusted after Glancy and Crawford combined well with the latter setting up Reece Brown for a tap in but the celebrations were cut short as the referee adjudged Brown to be offside. It looked harsh but thankfully it didn’t affect the result. As the game moved into the final ten minutes Kinnoull forward Smart picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes, both for poor challenges, and left his team with nine men. Kinnoull threw caution to the wind and were rewarded when Connor brought down the Kinnoull player somewhat needlessly and Norrie made no mistake from the spot to make the last seven minutes more uncomfortable for the Shipyard than they should have been. Those nerves should have been settled a minute later when Crawford, who had tormented the Kinnoull defence all afternoon, unselfishly set up Glancy inside the box but the midfielder blasted over with only Osinski to beat. Kinnoull were launching the ball forward, however it was food and drink to the Shipyard back four who again impressed and were unlucky not to keep another clean sheet. Deep in added time Brown set up substitute Grant Skinner but he failed to convert at the front post though it looked like a corner from the sidelines.

Manager Stuart Innes said after the match “Another good performance on the road and an important three points as we look to climb the table. We face another tough away match at league leaders Leith next week, however, we know what to expect and will prepare accordingly.”

The match against Leith next Saturday will be played at Peffermill 3G with the kick-off being slightly later at 3pm.

Kinnoull: L. Osinski, K. Woolley, G. Donald, B. Blyth, J. Ross, P. Brown, T. Nyass, S. Simpson, D. Smart, G. Norrie, F. Morrison. Subs: A. Cunningham, B. English, C. McCaffrey, D. Newlands, B. Ragan, C. Robertson, S. Townsley.

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Connor, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, D. Hunter, G. Ross, S. Glancy, Jor. Galloway (G. Skinner), Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, S. Strang, R. Crawford. Unused Subs: N. Harley, A. Trialist, A. Cooper, G. Dolan, A. Watt.

Referee: A. Budd.

Dunipace 0-0 Burntisland Shipyard

Shipyard in stalemate at Dunipace.

The Shipyard kept their good run of form going with a hard fought 0-0 draw against Dunipace at Westfield Park in Denny on Wednesday night. Despite the game being scoreless there was plenty of good football and incident to keep the crowd entertained as the teams went toe to toe looking to gather all three points. Both teams will argue they could have won it as chances went a begging and the Shipyard were particularly disappointed when the referee cautioned Reece Brown for simulation when a penalty looked the only option. To most inside the ground it was a stonewall penalty. Iain Millar, Grant Skinner, Connor McQuade and Sam Glancy all returned to the squad after missing the weekend win over Craigroyston.

Reece Brown saw strong penalty claim turned down.

Gavin Ross got on the end of a Millar long throw but was unable to turn the ball in at the front post with four minutes on the clock. There was huge controversy two minutes later as Brown went down following a challenge in the box and when the referee blew almost everyone anticipated the inevitable spot kick and they were shocked when the ref booked the young striker for diving. Inexplicable! Benn Hutchison shot wide on eleven minutes before Stewart Henderson missed the hosts first opportunity when he also missed the target from a good position. Michael Gibb was called into action for the first time as he saved from Gary Wright. Paul Nash was off target for Dunipace in the 24th minute as they enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy. Shipyard captain Sandy Strang went on a great run as he burst into the box, however, he lacked the composure to finish with just keeper David Kane to beat. The action was switching from end to end and Henderson fluffed his lines when presented with a chance at the back post. The Shippy could and should have been ahead two minutes before the interval when Brown fired a great ball across the box but sadly for the visitors Robbie Crawford Knocked the ball wide from close range.

Ryan O’Donnell performed great at the back.

Half-time substitute Grant Skinner saw his free-kick comfortably gathered by Kane before Dunipace again missed the target, this time Keir Stevenson was the guilty party. Strang had a decent chance when he got on the end of another Millar missile but his header lacked the power to beat Kane. Dunipace upped the ante in the closing stages with a wicked free-kick begging to be touched home and a deep cross was headed against the outside of the post with the hosts claiming a corner.

Although Dunipace had more of the ball and possibly edged it on chances, Gibb was rarely called into action and barely made a save of note all evening with Ryan O’Donnell pivotal in protecting his goalkeeper with some resolute defending.

Dunipace: D. Kane, G. MacPherson, M. Galloway (L. Davidson), D. Brown, J. O’Grady, S. McHaffie, L. Craig, G. Wright, K. Stevenson (S. Dymock), P. Nash, S. Henderson (M. Byrne). Unused Subs: J. Steven, A. Stevenson, Z. Raymen.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, D. Hunter, G. Ross, Jon. Galloway, Jor. Galloway (G. Skinner), S. Strang, R. Brown, B. Hutchison (S. Glancy), R. Crawford (A. Watt). Unused Subs: C. McQuade, N. Harley, A. Cooper.

Referee: C. Macrae.

Burntisland Shipyard 7-0 Craigroyston

Seven up for slick Shipyard.

The Shipyard were in seventh heaven as they swept aside lowly Craigroyston in the autumn sunshine at Recreation Park on Saturday and in the process made it three league wins in a row following the recent victories over Ormiston. Despite being under strength, with suspension, injury and unavailability taking their toll, the Shippy were dominant for the most part and fully merited the 7-0 victory, indeed had it not been for some poor finishing and good goalkeeping it could have been a few more. The Shipyard looked rejuvenated and much more confident following last week’s big win at Ormiston. There was a Shipyard debut for Gavin Ross and big “Rocky” slotted into a totally revamped back four with Pete Bell and Dean Hunter coming in and Ryan O’Donnell switching to left back. Jordan Galloway moved forward to midfield and he revelled in his advanced roll netting twice and he was involved in a lot of the good stuff the Shipyard produced.

Jordan Galloway nets number 7.

The hosts got off to a whirlwind start and were two goals ahead within the first five minutes. Sandy Strang collected a ball from Jordan Galloway and dispatched it beyond visiting keeper Reece Smail to notch his first goal of the season. It was 2-0 in the 5th minute when Top scorer Reece Brown continued his hot streak by calmly finishing after being put through one on one with Smail. The Shippy kept up the pressure and added a third through Benn Hutchison who latched onto the loose ball following Smail saving from Brown, not for the last time in the match, and he took the ball around the keeper and netted from close range. Brown was involved in almost everything and would have been disappointed not to take one of the two chances than came his way after 16 minutes. Brown again and Robbie Crawford both shot wide while Strang and Jordan Galloway were denied by Smail who was being kept extremely busy. Craigroyston had their first chance after 43 minutes which was blocked for a corner and then they brought out the best in Michael Gibb who produced an outstanding save to deny the visitors. The Shipyard immediately capitalised on this by scoring another goal on the stroke of half-time. Brown was the marksman again as he broke away and drove the ball into the corner of the net.

Benn Hutchison rolls in the Shippy’s third goal.

A Jonny Galloway free-kick was tipped onto the bar by Smail and when the ball was played back across the face of goal Brown missed a great chance at the back post. A minute later the Shipyard scored a fifth as Jordan Galloway capitalised on a mix-up in the Craigy defence and walked the ball into the net. Another calamitous moment for the visitor’s defence made it 6-0 when the defender could only turn a low cross into his own net with Smail stranded. Craigroyston could have pulled a goal back in the 54th minute but Michael South put the ball over the bar from a good position. Crawford hit the top of the bar after cutting in from the left, however, this was to be his last piece of action as he limped off with a hamstring injury soon after. Gibb made another save from South after a slip from new boy Ross. Smail denied Brown once again as the youngster looked for successive hat-tricks and Strang dragged shot a shot wide following good build up from Andy Watt and Jordan Galloway. Smail probably made his best stop of the match as he again foiled Brown who must have been wondering what he had to do to score again. Jordan Galloway completed the rout in the 90th minute when he had the simple task of converting at the back post after good work from subs Watt and Gary Dolan.

Sandy Strang is mobbed after opening the scoring.

Manager Stuart Innes was obviously delighted after the match when he said “I am pleased with how things are going after a difficult start to the season and the boys are growing in confidence. My squad is getting stronger and I am delighted to get big Rocky in and hopefully I can get another signing soon.”

The Shipyard are in midweek action on Wednesday as they travel to Denny with Dunipace (KO 7.30pm) providing the opposition and on Saturday Perth is the destination as we visit Kinnoull (KO 2.30pm) for the first time.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, Jor. Galloway, R. O’Donnell, D. Hunter, G. Ross, Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, S. Strang, P. Bell (A. Trialist), B. Hutchison (A. Watt), R. Crawford (G. Dolan). Unused Subs: A. Cooper, N. Harley, R. Connor.

Craigroyston: R. Smail, C. Mackintosh, S. Donaldson, W. Mitchell, Z. Nicholson, E. Watson, M. South, R. D’Angelo, M. Donoghue, M. Gray, T. Lacey. Subs: J. Sheerin, R. Brockelbank, J. Viera.

Referee: G. MacDonald.

Ormiston 2-6 Burntisland Shipyard

Reece Brown nets hat-trick as Shippy hit six.

A five-goal blitz in the space of twelve minutes either side of the interval ensured the Shipyard completed a quickfire League double over Ormiston at a sun-drenched Recreation Park, the East Lothian version, as they got over the disappointment of last week’s result. Stuart Innes was forced to shuffle his pack again as the influential pair of Ross Lennie and Sam Glancy were missing through injury. Benn Hutchison and Jordan Galloway were the players selected to replace them.

The Shipyard were on the front foot from the outset with Reece Brown looking lively in opening minutes, however, it was an Ormiston player who handed the Visitors the lead in the sixth minute when under pressure to clear an Iain Millar long throw, he only succeeded in heading the ball into his own net. Good play down the left from Robbie Crawford and a step over from Brown presented Connor McQuade with a glorious opportunity but the diminutive midfielder elected to take a touch and he was closed down before he could get a shot away. Brown saw his free-kick from 22yards clear the bar in the 25th minute as the Shipyard continued to dominate. Ormiston were reduced to 10 men in the 37th minute and they can really have no complaints given the nature of Liam Demianczuk’s crude challenge on Jonny Galloway. This signalled an onslaught from the Shipyard and they went two up in the 41st minute thanks to a sensational strike from Grant Skinner. The full back drove forward, beat a couple of defenders and unleashed a ferocious shot giving home keeper Kieran Beveridge absolutely no chance. Within a minute it was 3-0 as Brown found himself in space just inside the box and lobbed the advancing keeper to notch his first of the day. Brown was involved again on the stroke of half-time as his inch perfect cross set up Crawford at the back post who knocked the ball home to make 4-0 and much to Ormiston’s relief the ref blew for half-time just after.

Reece Brown helped himself to a hat-trick.

The Shippy continued where they left off and scored a fifth three minutes after the break when Brown was somewhat contentiously adjudged to have been brought down in the box. Brown took the kick himself and easily beat Beveridge sending him the wrong way. Hutchison saw his shot held before Brown completed his hat-trick with a great goal. The young striker gathered the ball at the edge of the box and engineered himself some space before unleashing an unstoppable effort to put his team six up with 53 minutes on the clock. There was no mistaking the Shippy took their foot off the gas with a double substitution and a formation change disrupting their rhythm. Shippy keeper Michael Gibb saw his first real action in the 69th minute when he saved from Ormiston striker Jason Young. Substitute Andy Watt crossed for Crawford but the young Shippy winger saw his shot saved by Beveridge. The Shipyard were also reduced to 10 men in the 72nd minute when Millar was shown an extremely harsh second yellow card for a challenge the referee deemed to be a foul. The fact that Ormiston’s Young said that no foul had been committed cut no ice with the referee. Gibb made a good save stopping a shot from outside the box but you could sense that the Shipyard were not so comfortable now and they conceded two goals in as many minutes as firstly Tinashe Ruwona scored from the centre of the area and Young netted from close range to make the score look closer than it should have been. The manager was a little disappointed after the game when he said “We lost shape and discipline after I made changes and it should not have happened. The red card Milzy got was a wrong decision from my point of view. Nonetheless, I am very happy with the rest of the performance and of course the three points.”

This Saturday (28/9/19) the Shipyard welcome Craigroyston FC to Recreation Park for another league match. Kick off is at 2.30pm.

Ormiston: K. Beveridge, L. Reid, R. Cochrane (D. Boyne), R. Fairnie, L. Demainczuk, C. Hogg, C. McNab (B. Redondo), T. Ruwona, J. Young (C. Scott), A. Subasic, S. Brown.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, Jor. Galloway, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, S. Strang, C. McQuade (N. Harley), J. Galloway, R. Brown (A. Watt), B. Hutchison (G. Dolan), R. Crawford.  Unused Subs: E. Stanfield, D. Hunter, A. Cooper, R. Connor.

Referee: B. Falconer.